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05 May 2021 09:03:08
If we do end up in the Europa League next season, it could, in the long-term, end up being beneficial to the development of our squad.

We have a lot of young players on the fringes of the first team who haven't had enough game time this year and Europa could provide a way to do that next year. This could provide the way to properly integrate them as first team players. The likes of Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams could really establish themselves as first team players with regular Europa League football. Furthermore it could help the likes of Paul Glatzel, Leighton Clarkson, Musialowski and others to get meaningful first team minutes rather than the odd throw away appearance once or twice in a season.

I remember years ago, Europa League helped integrate Sterling into the first team when he first came in his first full season. Elsewhere Europa was the making of Harry Kane in Pochettino's first season, and Saka and Smith-Rowe have really developed well into first team regulars at Arsenal with Europa games helping to bridge that game.

Our squad management is a bit of a mess at the moment and Europa could help resolve that by giving youth players a chance to develop into useful squad members.

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05 May 2021 09:28:27
I’d rather come 10th and not be in the europa!

05 May 2021 09:47:22
Fair enough but I think we're going to need the TV money from it by the sound of things!

05 May 2021 10:01:27
I like your optimism Rufus.

05 May 2021 10:32:20
Glass half full type attitude, I like it.
But I would rather some European football next season than none and like you say with careful game management we can give minutes to several of our promising youngsters.

05 May 2021 10:50:13
I never understand the snobbery towards the Europa league. I get it’s not old big ears, but it’s still a relatively prestigious cup.

I’ll make 2 predictions:

If we actually finish 10th like some people profess they’d rather happen, they would be calling for Klopp’s head

If we reach the final or go on and win it, these people will have watched every game and enjoyed the glory of it.

05 May 2021 11:21:54
the disrespect to the Europa league is ridiculous man I understand its not the best competition but its European football and a bloody trophy to win like the OP said it could be a chance to integrate some youngsters in while pushing for a trophy we need the revenue I bet if you asked any of the players if they had a choice they'd want to play in it rather then not at all.

05 May 2021 11:26:37
Anyone think that no Europe at all might mean only outgoing transfers as the squad would need trimming? Konate looks like it's moving along according to Fabrizo Romano and one of the Ed's (can't remember which one) . Gini looks like leaving but with no extra games would he think Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Jones, Milner, Ox, Keita, Shaqiri are enough to cover? Same with the forward players? Elliot to come back from his loan as well.

05 May 2021 11:53:41
Couldn't agree more. It's not ideal but let's make the most of the opportunity to blood some youngsters and make the season less intense for the guys currently expected to play every minute. Let's go fully at each competition next year.

05 May 2021 15:17:57
Always enjoyed the uefa cup, I like the randomness of some of the match ups, plus there's always top quality in it.

{Ed0666's Note - the most important thing is you’re guaranteed CL qualification if you win it and gives us a chance to blood kids in Europe which is invaluable

05 May 2021 21:07:09
Couldn't agree more ed, it's less scrutinized so if any of the young guns play and struggle they won't be thrown under the bus, a bit like the fa cup nowadays. Unlike my job, one bad night and I'm the worst lapdancer in the history of the verticle pole.

{Ed0666's Note - you know you’re my favourite poster vermiculo😂







 

 

 
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