- Jul 14, 2010
Thanks again for your insight into the youth teams. I know its a passion for you and enjoy reading your posts.Curtis Jones is also the youngest member of the team and is still eligible for U18 football.
I don't mind him not dominating these fixtures just yet.
My expectation is that he will grow into a role where he is a key figure this season and be joined in the U23s squad by the likes of Edvard Tagseth, Yasser Larouci, Paul Glatzel and Elijah Dixon-Bonner at the end of the season. All of whom are improvements over their comparative U23 player.
The U18s will in turn reload with Jake Cain, Fidel O'Rourke, Leighton Clarkson and Remi Savage becoming regulars. Dal Varesanovic has also gained clearance this summer but I haven't seen him feature so he could be an option.
I disagree with Guardian, at yourh level it is nice to win things and as some people say success breeds success but this rarely transfers to a higher level.
In my opinion, youth football is about improving as many players as possible. Obviously you focus on the more talented players but you dont build a team around them. What happens when they step up to first team and the team is not built around them. I believe the greatest ability you can teach a footballer is character/mentality, there are many examples of skillful players with undoubted ability that fall short of their potential because of their mentality. Vice versa there are alot of limited players who achieve much more because they want to prove a point and improve.
Again in my opinion Curtis Jones maybe better off playing in a poor team, if He is the player Guardian says he should be trying to drive the team on and assert himself on games. Alternatively he could drop his head, wave his arms about and sulk.