Eng­land coach hopes big clubs buy young tal­ent

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Fifau17worldcup - Dhi­man Sarkar dhi­man@hin­dus­tan­times.com

sum­mer of 2017 and a promis­ing start to the FIFA U-17 World Cup can change the way of Premier­ship clubs buy­ing their way to suc­cess. At least Steve Cooper, the Eng­land U-17 team coach, hopes so.

“We think we have got good plans with the Eng­land teams. We have had a suc­cess­ful sum­mer. It has raised the pro­file of English tal­ent. Ev­ery­body is sit­ting up and tak­ing no­tice,” he said af­ter Wed­nes­day’s 3-2 vic­tory against Mex­ico.

That win took Eng­land to the Round of 16 and Cooper called qual­i­fy­ing with a game to spare a ‘lux­ury’. In two Group F games, Eng­land have im­pressed with play­ers such as Jadon San­cho, Philip Fo­den, Cal­lum Hud­sonO­doi, Ge­orge McEachran, Rhian Brewster, Joel Lat­i­beaudiere and An­gel Gomes.

But given that Premier­ship clubs — buoyed by TV rev­enue the in­creas­ing world­wide pop­u­lar­ity of the league fetches — from £191m in 1997, ac­cord­ing to BBC, it is now worth £5.14bn and may go up when the auc­tion hap­pens next year -- pre­fer in­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion of buy­ing rather than pro­mot­ing their own, th­ese teens could face dif­fi­cult fu­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in The Guardian, As­ton Villa, now in the di­vi­sion be­low the Premier­ship, earned £65m from tele­vi­sion and broad­cast­ing in 2015-16, Crys­tal Palace got £78m, Arse­nal £141m, Chelsea £143m, Liver­pool £124m, Manch­ester City £100m and Manch­ester United £140m. This isn’t the clubs’ only rev­enue stream; there is money to be made from mer­chan­dis­ing, gate sales and play­ing in Europe.

So, clubs would rather in­vest in Paul Pogba, Al­varo Mo­rata, Alexan­dre La­cazette and Romelu Lukaku. Things are markedly dif­fer­ent from when Matt Busby built his United squad that ended the club’s four-decade tro­phy drought in 1952. And while this hap­pens, top clubs farm play­ers on loan. Chelsea, who dom­i­nate youth com­pe­ti­tions in Eng­land and have five play­ers in this World Cup squad, alone have some 30 foot­ballers on loan.

“It’s more dif­fi­cult now for young play­ers to get into the first teams be­cause, you know, th­ese own­ers, they have been spend­ing a lot of money, they want suc­cess straight­way,” said Paul Sc­holes, a Fergie Fledg­ling, re­cently. Manch­ester United though are not ex­actly pro­mot­ing ju­niors un­der Jose Mourinho.

“The acad­e­mies in Eng­land can only do what they are do­ing. They are pro­duc­ing and de­vel­op­ing re­ally good tal­ent,” said Cooper. “Th­ese are still rel­a­tively young play­ers. I am sure the op­por­tu­nity will in­crease as we have re­ally good play­ers.”


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