Writer: Johnny Baguette
Date:Saturday September 5 2009
It's painful for Blues this weekend to see City lumped in with Chelsea by Leeds United Chairman Ken Bates over youth policy...
Mr. Bates has this weekend gone to the media praising FIFA over the transfer ban punishment dealt out to his former London club this week.
He has called upon The English Football League to take action against City over the Blues Academy signing kids George Swann and Louis Hutton from the Yorkshire club:
'The problem here is that the big clubs are stripping the small clubs of their youngsters. They are like Japanese fishing trawlers, just sweeping up everything in their nets. But the big clubs treat the little clubs like s***. They try to pay as little as possible.
'Big clubs who strip other clubs' youth policy should face stiff penalties. How can Manchester City pay £24 million for Joleon Lescott and take two of our 14-year-olds - and only offer us £70,000? They've spent £200m on new players and that's all they are offering.'
Anyone reading those quotes would get the impression that Manchester City operate some sort of cloak and dagger youth entrapment policy and that our club's youth operation is essentially akin to that of Chelsea's.
Any City fan will tell you that is far from the case, whatever the vague circumstances outlined by the Lids supremo over the two aforementioned teenage players.
Looking from the outside in and back again, City's youth policy looks to be of a very different model to that of Chelsea's since English youth football was redesigned in 1997 with the introduction of the Academy system.
Chelsea's one regular first team youth graduate is John Terry whereas Stephen Ireland, Micah Richards and Shaun Wright-Phillips are all established first teamers at City whilst Nedum Onuoha, Vladimir Weiss and Michael Johnson are all essential cogs in Mark Hughes current 24 man senior squad.
The City side that beat Chelsea's in last year's FA Youth Cup Final was awash with lads who had been at the club since they were 9 years old. The same could not be said for Chelsea's.
So for the record, Mr. Bates, standby for a list of the 27 Manchester City Academy graduates who have broken through into the senior side since 1998, 14 of whom are with top flight clubs in England and Scotland...furthermore, why not pay a visit to the following excellent website that will give you a deeper understanding of the Manchester City Academy's proud achievements...
Chelsea we ain't.
*Click Here For MCFC Reserves And Academy*
MCFC Academy graduates since 1998:
Shaun Wright-Phillips, Manchester City
Terry Dunfield, Shrewsbury Town
Chris Shuker, Tranmere Rovers
Dickson Etuhu, Fulham
Leon Mike, Retired
Chris Killen, Glasgow Celtic
Tyrone Mears, Burnley
Joey Barton, Newcastle United
Stephen Jordan, Burnley
Willo Flood, Glasgow Celtic
Glenn Whelan, Stoke City
Stephen Elliott, Preston North End
Bradley Wright-Phillips, Plymouth Argyle
Nedum Onouha, Manchester City
Jonathan D'Laryea, Mansfield Town
Lee Croft, Derby County
Stephen Ireland, Manchester City
Micah Richards, Manchester City
Ishmael Miller, West Bromwich Albion
Michael Johnson, Manchester City
Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea
Kasper Schmeichel, Notts County
Shaleum Logan, Tranmere Rovers (on loan)
Kelvin Etuhu, Cardiff City (on loan)
Ched Evans, Sheffield United
Sam Williamson, Wrexham
Vladimír Weiss, Manchester City
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Date:Saturday September 5 2009
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