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20 Sep 2021 16:45:16
Looking at pep lijnders press today and how important these competitions are for our younger players and how we found Curtis coz of these competition was absolutely eye opener for fans like me who have no Idea what goes on behind the scenes.

I'm a huge fan of Curtis, he plays with so much passion, energy has got unbelievable work-rate and adds much needed freshness .

I just hope and pray the lad stays clear of injuries. Sometimes you need abit of luck with injuries.

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20 Sep 2021 17:24:45
Ljinders is a class act, as is Curtis!

20 Sep 2021 19:16:27
Exactly Jadon mate, I just hope we can keep up the pace with our rivals and see how they react when the pressure is on especially Chelsea.

Think If Pep is not careful and he continues feud with City fans then they'll quickly collapse. Coz he keeps on feeding he's team with "tiredness, mentally Physically difficult after CL games" etc etc this is the last thing you want your manager to complain abt fixture this early in the season.

I just think he's p. ed off after missing on striker and he's body language has changed a bit tho.

21 Sep 2021 00:18:27
Not having a dig mate but am genuinely surprised when people are surprised at this or say these things are eye openers. I tend to think its obvious for all clubs that these clubs provide opportunities for youth and fringe players.

21 Sep 2021 03:20:59
Faith for me eye opener was Jones wasn't seen as next big thing until he played few cup games which stumped me.

I thought it was clear for youth coaches to know which players are stand out rather then needing to play Cup games @18-20 yrs of age.

{Ed001's Note - it doesn't work like that. Look at Marcus Rashford at United, he only got his chance because of a slew of injuries to first teamers and the 2 youth players that were seen as better prospects than him as forwards. You can't always tell. Some players don't emerge until 23-24. It is not an exact science.}

21 Sep 2021 05:00:05
ah I see! I guess it comes down to opportunity and timing aye. I imagine it's not a science but that clubs should celebrate when "one of their own" do make it through!

{Ed001's Note - very much so, added to the kid themselves working damn hard to make the most of their opportunity. The reason so many get hyped and vanish is that they don't work hard enough. Kids like Jones, who are a long way behind initially, are the ones clubs should be looking to, as they are the ones that usually end up making it with more regularity as they work harder to catch up. It has been shown in studies on US sports that the late developers tend to be the ones that have the most impact overall. I am not talking about the one-off superstars, I mean as in the numbers that make it at professional level. The stars at 14 almost never make it, whereas the ones making up the numbers, and that does include the likes of Bale (who was on the verge of being dumped out of Southampton's youth team at one point and stayed in due to one vote between the coaches as to whether to keep or get rid), at 14 often go on to have a good career.}

21 Sep 2021 05:05:38
I thought Curtis Jones was very highly thought of by those in the club but was shielded from the hype that some of a similar age had surrounding them like Foden at Ciy?

{Ed001's Note - not initially he wasn't. But he worked hard and won the coaches over.}

21 Sep 2021 10:10:37
Didn’t know that was the case - thanks for the info Ed.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

21 Sep 2021 10:19:03
I know they did a study in baseball and look at the majority of players birth days, where always earlier on in the school year.

Something similar probably happened in football. I remember lots of lads who played for Liverpool schoolboys in our year in school. There was one lad who was incredible when we were all 13-15, he was bigger, stronger, taller and faster than everyone else. Everyone thought he would make it at Liverpool. Only problem was this lad had a birthday in September and was also an early bloomer. I think a lot of us who were smaller and born later on in the year only started to catch him up when we got to 16.

You can look really class in the younger age groups just owing to the fact that you are physically a bit more developed as you are older.



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