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Premier League
7 youngsters who have been surprisingly good in the Premier League
15:00 Monday 25th February 2019

The pace in the Premier League is ramping up as we rapidly approach the finish line. Manchester City, Liverpool and perhaps Tottenham Hotspur are the ones challenging for the title while Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are in a race…

England National Team
Why England Needs a Semi-Developmental League
13:00 Sunday 1st April 2018

Whilst the name isn’t too appealing, the concept of a semi-developmental league is actually a very interesting one. For years in England, we’ve argued about how English youth players get overlooked by foreign players. These days,…

Premier League
Is Andreas Christensen Chelsea's most exciting player?
08:30 Tuesday 2nd January 2018

Gary Cahill and David Luiz may be ready to return to active duty, but Andreas Christensen continues to start for Antonio Conte's Chelsea. The future certainly looks bright for the young Danish international and Chelsea youth graduate. Following…

Opinion
Conte: Time to give the academy players a chance
09:30 Tuesday 25th July 2017

Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Izzy Brown, Andreas Christesen, Kurt Zouma, Kenedy, Lewis Baker, even Michu Batshuayi. These are the players that are being stunted in pursuit of immediate success. But this is a philosophy that has been…

Premier League
How far can Dele Alli's potential take him?
13:30 Tuesday 10th January 2017

Dele Alli's brace at White Hart Lane on Wednesday helped Tottenham to a 2-0 win over Chelsea. The victory also ended their London rivals' 13 game winning streak in the Premier League and meant Spurs jumped to third in the table. The 20-year-old's…

Premier League
Why Premier League Academies Are Strangling The Lifeblood Of The Game
19:49 Thursday 20th March 2014

Locked away in the vaults of the Premier League's official site is one of the most intriguing documents you will find about the state of British football; it is the Premier League's official Youth Development Rules, updated for the 2013/14…

Netherlands
The Ajax Factor
01:06 Saturday 25th February 2012

Many observers predicted that Ajax "would be taken to the cleaners" by Manchester United over the course of the two legged Europa League tie. Instead, the team from Amsterdam acquitted themselves well and the graduates of the world famous academy…

Football
Damned if they do, damned if they don't – The Football League forced to adopt the Elite Player Performance Plan
19:06 Friday 21st October 2011

Yesterday, the 72 Football League Clubs voted in favour of the proposed overhaul of English football's youth system. 46 clubs voted in favour, 22 voted against and there were 3 no-shows and 1 abstention. These changes are the implementation…