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  1. Iheanacho

    This...! Strange that it was Mahrez who actually lost the ball and yet Nacho gets the blame simply because it wasnt the greatest pass ever...?!? The pass was poor, slowed our momentum and stopped our attack.....but it didnt lose us the ball and it didnt present them with a goal scoring opportunity...!
  2. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Interesting. I think it was during Shakepseares time that he got fast-tracked into the first team environment so maybe you are right about the change in manager affecting his progress...
  3. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Good shout....and certainly an excellent piece of recruitment! Knight looks the more 'natural' footballer for me and i doubt they would move 2 players up together but Hughes certainly look very impressive.
  4. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Or perhaps he has...?!? But a closer look at the ages/inexperience of the teams they have beaten would appear to suggest that all is not quite as rosey as it first appears...! (although i have been impressed by what i have seen of Knight, Wood, Pascanu, Dewsbury and Eppiah)
  5. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    If ever there was a strategy designed to "deflect attention", i think you might just have unwittingly nailed it right there in those two sentences! Why else would so many players who could have been out-on-loan furthering their development still be playing U23s football...?!?
  6. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Absolutely 100% spot-on......although 2 of PL quality from any U23 group would be an exceptionally good outcome! Liverpool turned up last night for potential title decider with a team of 16-19 year olds (avg age = 18). Arsenal did exact same at Holmes Pk previous week as 5 of their U23 players were included in Europa league squad (+ 1 on loan at Stevenage and another recently sold to Barcelona!) Effectively, it was "Men against Boys" on both occassions but the clear message from Liverpool and Arsenal was "who cares about winnning a development league when our job is to create opportunties to challenge and develope our younger players!" LCFC U23s were very good last night but before the hype-masters go into overdrive, it needs to be noted that we are regularly playing against sides 2-3 years younger and at least 6-7 of our players would have probably gained more from being out on loan this season in the more challenging environment of senior pro football to continue their development (Knight, Hughes, Thomas, Gordon, Chaudhoury, Wood...). Instead, we see them 'competing' against kids 2-3 years younger than themselves who are not representative of the physical challenge they will face if they ever stepped up to our first team (or any team in the Prem League/Championship). Its is true that "you can only beat what is put out in front of you" but a degree of perspective is certainly required when assessing the performances and league status Just a thought but im guessing that Liverpool will possibly have learned far more last night about some of their young 16/17/18 year old players in the face of adversity than LCFC will have learned about their older players.....and i doubt whether Josh Gordon will find himself playing against too many defenders in senior football next season who are 7 years younger than him.
  7. Puel-come to the future

    Pochettino could barely speak a word of English when he arrived in this country. Doesnt appear to have been much of a problem for him...
  8. Puel-come to the future

    Good post (apart from the "Puels a pleb" comment) and totally agree on this point!
  9. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Knight, Pascanu, Wood & Eppiah the ones to watch for me. Ranieri not attending U23s game is a real blot on his legacy for me as it shows a total lack of foresight on his part but, interestingly, rumour has it that one of the very few U23s games that he did attend was when he/Shakespeare went to watch Molla Wague make his debut for us Vs Southampton in Feb last year and they came away impressed by the performance of Knight at CB......who was making his debut at CB only as a result of injuries to others (previously used 'sparingly' as a RB). As a result, Knight was called up to train with 1st team squad, has played virtually EVERY U23 game since at CB and secured himself a new contract last year... Ranieri was sacked shorty after so difficult to say whether he would have changed his view on watching u23s following the Josh Knight "discovery"...but great news to hear that Puel is showing an interest in the potential players of the future by attending U23s games!
  10. The OH Leuven Thread

    Good post.......but im really not so sure that '11 Red cards' automatically qualifies a player for legend status. Im pretty sure that even s*** players get red cards.
  11. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Thats always a real bonus........in park football.....or if you're trying to get a contract with Stoke City. Decent all round player
  12. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Perfectly plain and thank you for confirming i was 100% correct in stating that he was previously on trial at LCFC and that his brother, who was previously signed as a schoolboy for LCFC academy must have now been released (or left?!?) in last 12-18 months if he is no longer there. Very kind of you also to confrim that LCFC did miss out on a talented 'local' player if he chose to join Coventry instead of LCFC and you really have to ask yourself WHY a 'local' leicester lad would do that if he had the choice of both given the travelling distance 3 nights per week training commitment...?!? But then again, we only have your word for that as I cannot find anything written to confrim that. As the facts currently stand, it would appear my information was not quite so "way off the mark" as you previously indicated.
  13. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    Fully agree with most of the points you make and definetely agree that if academys provide training and developemnt to enable players to have careers in lower pleague pro teams then that in itself should be considered success. And those who think their sons are on the road to fame & fortune the moment they sign for an academy are sadly mistaken and woefully unaware of the very low % that eventually make it. But you also highlight TWO of the main concerns for me with academys that are all too eadily disregarded... 1/. How is their success tangibly measured if not by what it produced for its first team or sold on to higher level teams? How do you know that players of higher level ability under their tutelage were not stifled by not being properly developed or properly coached and thereby ended up playing at a lower level than they could potentially have achieved with better coaching? Do we just accept that the coaches are doing OK or do we question what is preventing them from doing better and improving the results? - turning Lead into Gold is a measure of success. Turning Gold into Gold (or Lead in some cases!) is not so difficult to achieve 2/. Why do people always automatically assume that cricticing acadmeys is a sign of bitterness? Form what I know, it is difficult for anyone to criticise acadamies from within the system as it will potentially "damage" careers or opportunity ....and those who expose any shortcomings/failure "after the event" are immediately dismissed as being "bitter" As a result, the system is not open to any kind of exposure, even where it is wrong and will therefore ultimately fall behind Vs other more progressive systems (ie Germany, Spain etc) "damned if you do....and damned if you dont" What if the many people you descrbe as being "bitter" actually do have some valid criticisms to make and are correct in the points they raise? Do their voices simply get disregarded as being "bitter" and unworthy of note? Finally, while I have no direct connection, i do know parents/employees that do so I always try to make objective comment based on what I know/hear. Does that make my comment "bitter" or objective in your view?
  14. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    No idea what you mean by your cryptic comments but he was on trial at LCFC and his brother plays for LCFC academy so perhaps its better if you provide some facts rather than just bizzare unsupported comments...
  15. 2017/18 U23s, Development, U19s etc

    either way, if they played in the Leics junior leagues, doesnt that suggest they were "overlooked" by the LCFC system...?