Brian Glanville

young­sters ig­nored

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There is a wor­ry­ing ten­dency for ma­jor English clubs to keep their out­stand­ing young play­ers out of the first team – at a time when they could be in­valu­able to an Eng­land side which is hardly over­flow­ing with tal­ent.

For a salient ex­am­ple there is Phil Fo­den, who sparkled in the Manch­ester City at­tack in the pre-sea­son char­ity match at Wem­b­ley.

An at­tacker born in nearby Stock­port, he can play up front or as an at­tack­ing mid­fielder. When an un­for­tu­nate in­jury ruled out the for­mi­da­ble Bel­gium in­ter­na­tional Kevin De Bruyne from the City side, it seemed a per­fect op­por­tu­nity for Fo­den to re­place him. But, what­ever his achieve­ments at Wem­b­ley, Fo­den is as yet still no more than a sec­ondary fig­ure at City, and at the mo­ment there is no sign that City are ready to send him out on loan else­where.

When Ful­ham re­cently ac­counted for Burn­ley at Craven Cot­tage, where was Ryan Sesseg­non, a re­ful­gent new­comer last sea­son ei­ther at left-back or out­sideleft? The an­swer, alas, was on the bench, which he was al­lowed to leave only for the con­clud­ing few min­utes.

Sesseg­non was a rev­e­la­tion in last sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship and surely de­serves an ex­tended chance to show that abil­ity in the top divi­sion.

And then there is Ruben Lof­tusCheek. Praised by no less a fig­ure than Glenn Hod­dle for his per­for­mance, how­ever con­tro­ver­sially lim­ited, for Eng­land in the World Cup fi­nals, he ex­celled last sea­son as what I would still call an in­side-for­ward on loan at Crys­tal Palace, de­spite miss­ing a sub­stan­tial part of the sea­son through in­jury. In the World Cup squad he, frankly, seemed to me the only English player truly ca­pa­ble of pass­ing the ball to ef­fect, which he par­tic­u­larly and im­pres­sively did in the third-place match against Bel­gium.

He has now re­turned from Palace to Chelsea, where there are still sev­eral years on his con­tract and he has vir­tu­ally been told to con­tain him­self in pa­tience to wait his chance, com­pet­ing for a mid­field spot with Ross Barkley, who seems to have re­cov­ered af­ter a long ab­sence in­jured, Ma­teo Ko­vacic, who is on loan from Real Madrid, and Brazil­ian-Ital­ian in­ter­na­tional Jorginho.

Blocked from a trans­fer in the Premier League, you could hardly blame Lof­tusCheek if he wants to go abroad.

Sec­ondary...Phil Fo­den’s game time at Manch­ester City is lim­ited

Com­pe­ti­tion...Ruben Lof­tus-Cheek

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