my point is that we are not running the development system as efficiently as we could be and getting hte fees we could do for players that do not make the grade, the academy should be quite self sufficient in that fees for selling players to lower league sides should add up to quite a tidy sum but because of how we do it we end up releasing most at 22/23 and they have barely played a senior game as we never loaned them out.To expect us to make premier league footballers from everyone who comes through the ranks is preposterous.
In addition, the England U18, U19 .. U23 squads are quite large aren't they?
It's inevitable that considering there's a 25 man England squad made up of 10 + years of people who may or may not have played in the England youth setup, in addition to the limited number of English players in the PL... What are the statistical chances of being part of England U18/9..23 AND then becoming an established PL player?
I'd have thought less than 5% do. Which put us above average, surely?
Loaning players is a very important thing for their development and even if they won't make it here it will give scouts of other clubs chances to watch them and decide to buy them, just as we did the Ritchie de Laet, Matty James and Danny Drinkwater from Man Utd.