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We Should Adopt The Barcelona Approach

We Should Adopt The Barcelona Approach

Tom CTID sent Vital Manchester City the following.

Summer time is finally here and with it comes three months of transfer rumours. I like all City fans enjoy this period because we dominate the back pages of the newspapers linked with every Tom, Dick and Harry and gives us the sense of excitement. As much as I enjoy being linked with the likes of Dzecko, Higuain, Gago and Ibrahimovic, it disappoints me to see some of our academy players being linked with moves away, such as Onouha, Ireland and Richards.

I know this will have a split opinion. For example a lot of people would be happy to see Richards go as they deem him overrated but I'm not one of those people. Out of our current squad the players I'd be happy to sacrifice the following: Toure, Garrido, Petrov, Santa Cruz and Adebayor, plus the various first team players who are out on loan. That would leave us with a core squad of home grown players plus the big money signings.

This is the approach Barcelona take, and it hasn't done them any harm. The team that won them all six trophies they were playing for last year had a spine of academy players with a couple of expensive full backs and a striker. We have the potential to be as good as Barcelona, and if you compare the two teams there is reason to believe that currently we both share the same philosophy. Still I can't help feeling that this philosophy will be gone by the end of August.

If, as expected, we do sacrifice some of our home grown players, I just hope we don't regret it in the long term. Barcelona have realised that they lost Pique and Fabregas to early and have had to buy Pique back for £8m and looking at upwards of £50m to regain Fabregas.

Imagine seeing a team containing Richards, Onouha, Hart, SWP, Ireland and Nimley climbing the steps of Wembley or parading round the City of Manchester Stadium with a trophy. Barcelona fans have seen this over and over. They can sit there and see Valdes, Puyol, Pique, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Messi, Pedro and Bojan parade around the Nou Camp pitch time after time with gold around their necks.

So MCFC, please bare this thought in mind as nothing would make me prouder to be a City fan than to see our club lift a trophy with a team containing more academy players than not.

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Writer:Tom CTID
Date:Monday May 31 2010
Time: 9:37AM


After such a torrid stop start season for Adebayor, he stll managed 14 goals in 25 games. Why on earth would you release him?
31/05/2010 10:08:00
I totally agree with the sentiment of having a core of home grown players but with one proviso.....they have to be good enough, otherwise we will continue to win nothing. In this regard I think some of our home grown players are good enough and others are not. Hart, SWP,Onouha and Ireland are at least squad players. Nimely I profess to not knowing enough about him and dear Micah Richards, much as I would love him to succeed is vastly overarted and if we could get £6million for him, I would regard this as great business. The fact that Capello has never even tried him out says it all really and judged purely on the quality of his performances this season, he is very average with poor positional play, poor football intelligence, poor distribution and someone who does not learn. One example he gave a penalty away to Everton by grabbing Saha's shirt - two or three weeks later he was doing the same thing but this time got away with it. So yes lets have a core of home grown talent - the more the better - with the proviso that they do have to pass the quality test based on performance.
31/05/2010 10:12:00
yes you should.
31/05/2010 11:01:00
'We have the potential to be as good as Barcelona, and if you compare the two teams there is reason to believe that currently we both share the same philosophy' Dream on same potential as barcelona no chance lads. And i dont see how you share the same philosophy, do you mean you want to? most of their best players have came through the academy but you only have Onuoha, ricahrds, johnson, vidal, weiss, swp, but they probably wont feature alot next season so thers a big difference in having the same philosophy as you will go and spend money on a new team this summer.
I am a Villan
31/05/2010 11:38:00
I am a Villian - what about Ireland, Nimley, Boyata and Cunningham? Do they not count. There is and always has been a big emphasis on producing quality at City's Academy and Sheikh Mansour acknowledged as much in his letter to the City fans after the takeover, so I see no reason for this to change.
31/05/2010 11:58:00
Good article Tom, I agree with the sentiment but like Willy alludes to, some of the Academy lads just won't make the grade and will be moved on. We now have the ability to attract the worlds best talent at a young age much like Barca have, so the level of player we produce should improve.
31/05/2010 12:02:00
Bluedub you can keep the list coming, they wont get into your first team thats why ireland wants to leave, my point is that barcelona's best players are from the academt were as yours have just been brought and you wil continue to do that until the arabs decide to leave and leave you in a mess.
I am a Villan
31/05/2010 12:31:00
How do you know in 5-10 years time that City's best players won't be Academy graduates? Have you done any research on ADUG? Do you know anything about them? I only ask because of your belief that they will leave City in a "mess".
31/05/2010 12:38:00
My opinion is my opinion, and i no your academy players wont be world class, they might be at another club but not yours it will always be spend spend spend
I am a Villan
31/05/2010 12:53:00
i am a villian, its not about your opinion being your opinion, we all know that. he's asking what makes you so convinced our owners will just up and leave like you're suggesting. that is what you probably wish will happen to city but thats just what it is, wishful thinking. if you have any tangible reason to believe what you're suggesting might actually happen please enlighten us otherwise just ***** off with your blind anti-cityness
31/05/2010 14:51:00
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