FIFA has finally decided that the business (and I use the word specifically) of buying and then loaning out young players needs to be regulated. The principle is that players should be bought and then loaned out only if it aids their development.
Numbers have yet to be decided, but somewhere around the 6-8 maximum loans per Club is being talked about. This would mean Chelsea having to sell around 30+ of their current squad. Spurs currently have 2 senior players out on loan: CCV and Josh Onomah.
There has been plenty of sneering at the Academy, in terms of players breaking into and making it in the first team (as though this is a piss-easy affair). What we haven’t done at Hotspur Way is turn it into a talent abattoir, hoovering up the best young prospects and then never giving them a whiff of even an early-rounds Milk Cup substitute appearance.
As we saw in pre-season, Poch is actively trying to bring our Academy players through, to give them honest chances to show where they are in their progression and whether they will be able to take the steps up in class necessary to hold their own in the first XI. Skipp and Amos looked good and continue to play week in, week out in the U23s. KWP is only being held back by the fact that we’ve got a seldom injured Trippier and Aurier to call on (some would say he deserves the chance now).
What we haven’t done is be the slayer of youthful hope and expectation by bunging money at good players and then offsetting the wages by passing them on to the lower leagues. I’m happy about that.