We all want a successful team, not just for today but for decades to come and beyond.
Firstly though we have to start from brass tacks and build up throughout the club from the very bottom to the very top. And the we need to keep that up if or when we ever get to the top.
Naturally, to be noted as a “big” club, a club that’s capable of fighting on all fronts, first and foremost we have to be able to show that we can hit a level of at least giving the big boys a run for their money, not to mention sneaking in the odd cup. So firstly we have to build a team/squad capable of producing results whilst also bringing through the ranks a collective bunch of young players that we have the capabilities of nurturing through to the edge of that first team/squad.
The thing is though, we need to do it on a regular basis meaning that we need to get in the required expertise to identify and train these youngsters so they become the future.
In the past we have brought through some really class youngsters and some of them made it through to the first team, holding down a regular place. Lee Clark, Steve Watson, Robbie Elliott, Steve Howey aswell as earlier notables of Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne and so on.
Unfortunately, we lost a good few of our most promising players due to us being raped by bigger clubs and it always left scavenging the youth for any other possibles, but unfortunately the scavenging only produced average youngsters because that’s all we had and so we recruited second hand has been players from all walks of leagues right down to the Alan Shoulder’s from teams like Blyth Spartans.
Although Shoulder done reasonably well, that’s all he was ever going to be and that’s all our team was ever going to be known as…..”oh they play reasonably well”. To create a successful team, firstly gain the required quality through transfers, plus the odd star player in the making from your youth set up or reserves as we seem to be on the verge of doing now but it’s early days due to the transitional period we are going through.
Unlike years ago, when we lost a lot of our future stars, players like Alan Shearer, who the club had no faith in and let go, we now seem to have a better insight into the quality youth we have and are keeping hold of the promising ones for the future, and we seem to be encouraging them to make a fast track into the first team squad, meaning we get players who are willing to work hard and bide their time knowing they have a better than average chance of making the grade and the step up, rather than them becoming disillusioned and wanting away.
To keep moving forward, we have to have faith in our youth and have faith in those that are talent scouting them, whether they are homegrown or foreign and we have to add them into the fold at every opportunity, amalgamating them into the first team picture at every available opportunity to make them feel part of the set up and to send out the message to the next batch of youth, that this is the place of opportunity if you work hard and have the required skills to do the job.
To become a successful top club, you need these youngsters channelled along a quality conveyor belt, a constant stream of well nurtured quality that gives the club a way better than average chance of making another tentative step up that ladder until they reach a pinnacle. Then to make sure that it is kept up so that quality breeds quality plus added experienced quality brought through from excellent scouting.
For all this to work, we need a manager that becomes a part of the wallpaper and scouts that are the patterns on that paper and the owners that are the paste that sticks it all together. Once the quality is built up and the odd youngsters added bit by bit and assuming we have the manager in place to oversee it all as well as the owners, we as a club cannot fail in terms of sinking to lows then a quick high, we can push forward but keep it constant with a better than average chance of actually attaining things that most of us fans haven’t witnessed too much of, and that’s the elusive silverware.
It takes a long time and hard, constant work to ensure we achieve this but it can be done and in my opinion is looking quite healthy at the minute in terms of youth recruitment of quality and not just to make up numbers.
Alex Ferguson dared put faith in his school of future superstars in Beckham, Scholes, Butt, G Neville, P Neville, Giggs e.t.c and for those that don’t remember, those youngsters were unleashed against us at St James’ Park in the cup and not long after, they all were part of that first team with added experienced players which made them virtually untouchable.
All because their academy was based on youngsters with a winning mentality and a loyalty and desire to play for that club..
We can have the same and we can have the balls to give it a crack and in time we can benefit greatly from these youngsters who can become similar to the names just mentioned. Most thought Arsenal would collapse with the loss of their most influential players and wondered if the youngsters brought in could get them out of the mire. Yet after a period of will they wont they, they manage to do just that.
We don’t think too much about the youngsters who aren’t in the frame at the club because naturally the focus is on those that are in or about the first team, yet the players and the quality are there and can turn into our future coupled with the next batch of under 16’s and below.
Vuckic, Kadar, Tavernier, Abeid, Ferguson, Richardson, Sammy, the list is longer but you get my gist..
We think we are struggling and in a way as of this moment, we are as far as experience goes due to injuries. But out of bad ,can come good and out of inexperience we can unleash a few fast tracked future superstars that can shock us all.
The kids are our future and the transfer market is for fine tuning.
What do you think?