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When does it change?

Post by Cjay »

Inspired by Tyler Roberts but also i thought may be an interesting discussion.

In football people talk about potential and how you cant judge a player yet etc etc.

Got me thinking.

When does that stop being an excuse? When do players lose the excuse of Youth?

Because you have someone like Meslier who is now an established first team player and as such gets critiqued in that manner, if he has a bad game, then he has a bad game, nobody says "ah yes but he is only young". If

But then you can have players who are 23, 24 even 25 and people will go "ah yes but he is only young he may improve".

So when is the cutoff point?

Is it when a player becomes a 1st team regular and has dozens of games under his belt?

Is it when he turns 20 and loses the teenager tag?

Is it when he gets 22/23 and no longer qualifies for things like Young Player Of The Year?

Is it when he has been part of the first team squad for a few seasons like Shacks who is nearing his 4th season as a senior squad member?

You look at players like Mason Greenwood, still a teenager but he gets judged as a senior player if you read the Manure forums.

Same for Phil Foden at Man City and Mason Mount at Chelsea.

They have reached a status where age doesnt seem to be an excuse anymore with club fans.

So maybe its experience related?

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Re: When does it change?

Post by weasel »

I think it stops when they play well enough to be in the first team on merit. After that point the 'potential' tag gets dropped because they have reached their potential (or at least done well enough to be a first team regular). So I suppose potential is just another way of saying they aren't good enough yet but we're still hoping and as such some players simply go through their career never reaching their potential and continue to drop down divisions in the forlorn hope of finding their true level.
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Re: When does it change?

Post by whiteroseboy »

I would say it's when their capacity to improve no longer exists. When a player reaches his or her peak.

Of course some players get in the team on merit young such as the example used in Meslier. However I would still consider him as potential rather than the finished article. Its just his peak could be as one of the world's best against another player who may just be a average Prem player.
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Post by SaraM »

Pablo Hernandez still had potential at 33.
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Re: When does it change?

Post by White Riot »

There are a lot of variables here:
How much natural talent/skill does the player have? e.g. Cruyff and Maradona were undeniably world class at a very young age, and hence capable of excelling at senior club and international level very early in their careers.
At which club are they playing? Some clubs and coaches have a history of developing young players e.g. Ajax, whereas others prefer to buy the finished product e.g. PSG
Who is the coach and what are the coach's beliefs or methods? e.g. Surely a player is much more likely to develop under MB than Sam Allardyce :)
Has the player over achieved at a young age, and had a false dawn? e.g. Jack Clarke
It also depends on the mentality and motivations of the player, as we've seen at Leeds recently. Certain players have developed and excelled e.g. Struijk and Meslier, whereas others don't appear to have significantly progressed, imo, Tryo and Shacks for example.

So lots of mitigating factors that for me would nullify any specific metric on age or experience.
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Re: When does it change?

Post by faaip »

Dunno but everyone ages at different rates. David Steele is a great example. In the NFL we say a light has gone on and that can happen 21 to 30.

Roberts has a lot to offer the club, starting I'm hoping off the bench and injury cover.. Get rid of Roberts you may as well ditch the entire U23's and forget youth and just buy players
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Re: When does it change?

Post by lufcconnor »

Short answer from me, some great replies here- but in my eyes it stops if the player gets to 23 or so and isn't making regular appearances in the first team. Hard to pinpoint exactly where, and players can obviously have a resurgence or be a late bloomer.
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