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  1. Following Chelsea's Loans

    They were part of the plan though: Pochettino became used to dipping into the academy during his time in charge of Southampton. The St Mary’s club have one of the most successful youth systems in Europe, but the Argentine believes Tottenham’s is better. “For us, it’s very important to develop our young talent because we have an unbelievable academy and training ground, and we need to profit from it,” said Pochettino. “It is important because the academy is always the heart of any club. It was one of the main reasons I decided to come here. The opportunity to work with this club’s academy was fantastic. I think it is the best in England, maybe even Europe. “When a player arrives from the first team into the academy, it is special for everyone. It is important to put this philosophy in practice and give the opportunity to our young talent. At Southampton, we always wanted to give young players a chance to play. A good example was in my last pre-season there, when we considered signing a right-back. “We already had Nathaniel Clyne and we were considering another. But we decided to take Calum Chambers from the academy on pre-season because we wanted to give him an opportunity. Now, a couple of years later, they are both in the England squad. It is our job to bring through young players and it is fantastic when it happens. “We want to try to give young players a chance at Tottenham, but only when they deserve it and we detect they may have the talent and potential to play in the first team. We would not do it just for the sake of it.” As well as believing that Tottenham’s academy can save Levy some money, Pochettino also thinks that the club stand a better chance of keeping players who have come through the system. He insists there are more youngsters who will make an impact after Kane, Mason and Bentaleb, with Spurs particularly excited over talents such as teenagers Joshua Onomah, Harry Winks, Nathan Oduwa and Cameron Carter-Vickers. “These players identify with the culture of the club and feel the club,” said Pochettino. “If you stay 10 or eight years in the club, with your dream to arrive to the first team, then when you arrive in the first team it’s difficult for you to leave. For that, it’s important to keep your culture and identify the player with it. “We have a lot of talent here and it is very exciting. We watch a lot of games in the Under-21s, 18, 16s and even 14s sometimes. We have a very strong staff on the academy and a very close relationship with John McDermott. We analyse and talk about players every day. “When you come here to our training ground it is amazing to see the eight-year-olds training and looking up to the 18 and 19-year-olds, and senior players.” ------- Tottenham signed just a solitary player in the winter transfer window - a 17-year-old midfielder called Shilow Tracey from Ebbsfleet United, who went straight into their U18s group. Despite being in the hunt for the Premier League title, the club also allowed three first-team players to leave - Andros Townsend, Federico Fazio (loan) and Alex Pritchard (loan) - but did not bring in any cover. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is the financial difficulty the club faces due to building a new stadium, but principal among them is that the club do not wish to block the paths of a number of exciting youngsters they expect to break into the first-team in the coming years.
  2. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Though we may class Rashford and Abraham the same, Rashford is already a first team squad member. Abraham maybe loaned out again, possibly to a Premiership club, he may stay put in Bristol, the board will decide whether he returns to Chelsea or not. Our record is not great, 38 loans this season, still no-one is coming through. Patrick Bamford’s loan season at Middlesbrough in 2014-15 heralded 19 goals in the Championship. This season he is at Burnley, his sixth loan club, where he has figured just twice as a substitute.
  3. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Apparently Roman has assembled a crack team (the football equivalent of the 'A Team') they are already on it; according to the Daily Mail. Unfortunately we will have to wait until January and next season to see what rabbits they can pull out the hat. Y
  4. Following Chelsea's Loans

    And Boothroyd has compared the two strikers, revealing Rashford is more versatile than Abraham. "They [Abraham and Marcus Rashford] are different. Marcus can play down the middle or on the left or the right, while Tammy is more of an out and out centre forward. "He's somebody else that has been given a chance and he's shown what he's all about. Sometimes that is what it's all about."
  5. Following Chelsea's Loans

    What price Terry or Maldini in their prime? For me where we are at now, you get that deal done for Bonucci, whatever it takes, only time will tell you if the money was well spent, it's one of those priceless transfers. However good Christensen is, he is not in the same bracket as the other three; born winners with a winning mentality.
  6. Transfer Talk Topic

    Fabregas shaping up to Italian life already.
  7. Transfer Talk Topic Espn now carrying this story, it seems to be coming from CalcioMercato. True or not those clamouring for Fabregas to be in the team may be disappointed, like Oscar he may just be the kind of player that Italian football would suit better and that could provide those much needed rebuilding funds.
  8. Transfer Talk Topic

    I was thinking more with De Sciglio playing left back in a three with Alonso playing wing back, as in the Hull game. Azpi would play on the right, but as they are both able to play left or right, that would certainly give us team flexibility if players are suspended or injured. I understand he has unfulfilled potential, though he was highly rated and he is good both defensively and going forward, also Conte.seems to like him, and he is 23, which would be good future planning if suitable. Milan were after Fabregas so it might well be agreeable by both parties.
  9. Transfer Talk Topic

    Seems the De Sciglio links are surfacing again, a player that could definitely solve a long standing problem:
  10. Following Chelsea's Loans

    No, no, no, I think he could be moved to another position. I understand he did a really good job with the Tucson Soccer Academy.
  11. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Have to to say I really see Emenalo and Friends as the problem not the solution. Like I said spot on. EMENALO AND Abramovich HAVE ACCELERATED THE TURNOVER AMONG THE PLAYING AND COACHING STAFF. EMENALO HAS CREATED STABILITY FOR NOBODY BUT HIMSELF. "ESPN FC discussed yesterday Michael Emenalo’s ill-boding influence over Chelsea and Antonio Conte. Many of the commenters rushed to Emenalo’s defence, something this writer had never seen before. The gist of their Emenalo apologia was that you cannot lay last year’s 10th place finish at Emenalo’s feet without crediting him for Premier League titles, the Champions League victory and numerous domestic cups. Fair enough. But one commenter came within a hair of Emenalo’s crucial failure. He noted that the technical director should be a club’s point of constancy in the high-turnover world of players and managers. So close. Emenalo’s and Roman Abramovich’s failure is precisely that they have accelerated the turnover among the playing and coaching staff. Emenalo has created stability for nobody but himself. Chelsea have spent the last decade buying and selling players (sometimes the same player), and sacking and hiring managers (sometimes the same manager)".
  12. Following Chelsea's Loans

    Lucas Piazon speaks out. Assessment of the club here is spot on.
  13. Transfer Talk Topic

    One player who can't get in his own side and two players who are more used to championship football, I understand the need for home grown players but it all seems a little desperate, not writing them off, just sceptical as to why players, from other clubs, that haven't hit any particular heights, are now being considered. Is it because we unwilling to pay prices on, or are unable to attract, better foreign ones? Is because we don't have belief in our own academy players? Or is this where the club see it's new players coming from based on budgets rather than recruitment strategies?
  14. Transfer Talk Topic

    But Frank was an Intertoto Cup winner though.
  15. Transfer Talk Topic

    Ben Davies. Michael Keane. Ben Gibson - well they certainly aren't world class players.
  16. Media / Press

    Yes, they have great rapport and pull no punches, after we were beaten by Pool, Cundy had to take a load of calls from their fans, Goldstein stirred the pot, and gave as good as he got, all good banter.
  17. Following Chelsea's Loans

    No doubt the club procurred a very talented player and it was regrettable that we could not hold onto him. This does not take away the club's responsibility to recruit suitable players for the manager when the time is right, or to give the manager time and backing to introduce and blood younger players to the first team, or appoint football people with football credentials to the board. When it comes to the first team our loan system is non-productive and our academy a counterfactual showpiece.
  18. Transfer Talk Topic

    You mean this reaction after every match?
  19. Transfer Talk Topic

    Mutual confidence will sustain us to the end ! Wilkins McCawber
  20. Transfer Talk Topic

    The problem isn't finding them, it's giving them time and believing in them.
  21. Non Chelsea: Premier League

    Yes it appears their board and set up is ahead of ours
  22. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    I would agree that would be my first assumption as well, but I am hoping we are proved wrong. I am more concerned about the guy between the sticks.
  23. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    Gives Conte the perfect opportunity to slot Luiz in. Terry may find it harder than before to get back in the side.
  24. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    Only it isn't always another point of view is it? When it is I, like many I am sure, can see the validity of that view and on some occasions have even changed my own view accordingly. It is not the difference of opinion I am picking up on, and just because I disagree with someone, it doesn't mean I disagree with everything they say, quite the opposite, a lot of what DWMH has to say is very well researched and informative, and I thank him for that. I am highlighting inflexible thought pattern, I don't see why trying to find some common ground and challenging black and white thinking, no grey, should be upsetting.
  25. Official: David Luiz Departs For Arsenal

    5 minutes here, but nevertheless a credible C.V. as a player and as a manager before he arrived. Of course we can openly discuss what a manager does well or not so well (and as Sciatika points out, there are many positives), just as we can merit a player, however when a poster's views are, how shall we say 'a little extreme', then that should, and will undoubtedly, be brought into the discussion as well.