Crude wrote:I was talking about how the academy was run and the bigger picture of it's future. Clearly there is some talent from the academy, but not enough to justify the expense of running it as is and has been for the last 10+ years. Seriously doubt Cellino will be bringing in hordes of Italian kids, but would expect him to bring in the best talent he can find, whether it's local or not. Sucks for Nayls and Bromby, but such is the life sometimes.
Agree with this. British players, specifically English ones, are often overhyped and overpriced. Cellino, like Bates and GFH, is trying to create a Leeds team on a budget. The crucial difference is Cellino is, or at least appears to be, doing it that way to sort out the financial problems of the club rather than trying to make a quick profit. He sees the longer term gain to be had. Getting players in from abroad is simply being done because that's where the best value is.
We can only look at the premiership and see that foreign players, who play in foreign leagues, are brought into the Premier League for a fraction of the cost of a player from another club in the Premiership.
Whilst we've had Milner and Delph come through the academy in the past; we haven't really been overly successful with the youngsters. The numerous players that have came through have potential; Byram, Lees, Mowatt, Dawson... but there's probably been millions poured into the academy in those years and whilst Byram would probably make a few million, you can't see us making money to cover that. Value has came from the likes of Gradel, Snodgrass, Becchio and McCormack, who have been brought in, improved the club and sold for a decent amount (or would have been sold for a decent amount if we weren't run by fools.) Can we afford to keep spending money we don't have in trying to improve the academy when we could get players in of equal or greater quality for equal or lesser money?
I hope the academy is the last option on the 'things to cut' list, but I would be against holding onto it for sentimental reasons when the financial viability of it is not there.