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Rest Of The World
Is Tristan Borges set for great things?
17:01 Thursday 16th January 2020

The Canadian Premier League’s inaugural season kicked off last year. The seven teams attracted reasonable crowds, established a decent standard of play and set solid foundations for the fledgeling domestic league. Professionals from around…

Non League
Can Ethan Walker live up to his reputation?
19:00 Wednesday 25th December 2019

Ethan Walker was 16 years and 156 days old when he made his league debut for Preston North End. While his peers were busy revising for their GCSEs or settling into their first year at college, Walker was running out onto the Deepdale turf to…

Rest Of The World
Marcus Edwards: Future England international?
12:01 Tuesday 24th December 2019

Marcus Edwards may not be familiar to most English football fans. The former Tottenham youngster made only a single senior league appearance in his home country; a brief outing as a substitute for Norwich in a 2-0 Championship defeat to Fulham.…

Netherlands
Is Joey Veerdam the Eredivisie's next star?
12:00 Saturday 14th December 2019

The Netherlands are bristling with youth prospects. The country’s academies are churning them out at an astonishing rate, benefitting from a focus on development and high standards of coaching. But unless these starlets happen to be on…

Scotland
Is Ryan Gauld Scotland's next star?
12:00 Thursday 5th December 2019

The modern age has done weird things to football. Heck, Robbie Savage is considered a competent pundit these days. Paying £10.00 for a pie and a soft drink at a stadium kiosk is seen as normal. Another bizarre product of the collision…

Scotland
Can Hamilton's youngsters be their salvation?
12:00 Friday 29th November 2019

Hamilton sign Hamilton! That was the announcement on Twitter. Your typical unimaginative football joke. If you're in the dark, the post referred to Scottish Premier League strugglers Hamilton Academical tying down 17-year-old…

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…