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I was just watching the footballers football show on sky sports and they briefly mentioned this but didn't go into great detail. How do you think we can get the most out of our players potential? We see so many cases of a promising player not reach up to expectations and I think it is because......................
Young Players get it too easy in modern football!

- As soon as you sign a Pro Contract young footballers live the 'footballers lifestyle' before they have achieved anything. You see reserve team players at top clubs driving Range Rovers before they even get a first team appearance.
- We see very talented players who could go on to great things get 'Comfortable' when they break into the first team and make over 25 appearances. Balotelli for example when they could push on and become more
- Get the scholars doing jobs around the training centre!

Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard but when talent works hard that's when they become great

James Milner is a prime example. He is a good footballer but doesn't stand out from the crowd at city. But he works hard to get in the team over more naturally gifted players both for City and England.

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- Wage Cap on U23 players
- Bonus for first team appearances/Goals/CleanSheets. Lets say Balotelli is on 2k a week and he gets a 5k appearance 5k goal bonus, would that encourage him to work harder? Obviously the bonuses would be lower for younger pro's and less caps/first team appearances.

Any views or Solutions? How can we get the best out of our players for both clubs and national teams?
 

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You threat to kill there dog.

But seriously its fine balance between the to. But man management is probably the most important.
 

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The thing that always kills the USA internationally is our young, promising players move to Europe and don't get many opportunities at young ages, and as a result their development is killed. Hull FC killed Jozy Altidore, Benfica killed Adu, etc.

The most important thing in developing young players in all sports is playing them. Like anything in life that takes skill, experience leads to improvement.
 

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You need to constantly play them at a level just above where they are in comfort zone.
Then get them drugged up and get a photo of them at the gloryhole in a notorious cottaging hotspot.
Any slacking kidda and the photo is off to The sun on sunday.
Worked for Fergie
 

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A wage cap for younger players wouldn't be a bad idea in theory. The more money they receive at a younger age the more their sense of entitlement seems to grow. The only problem is it would have to be brought in at UEFA level at least. No FA will risk having most of their young talent poached.
 

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More, much more competitive playing time. The players get plenty of playing time until they step up to the first team squad then it comes to a grinding halt for half of them. Bring back the reserve league. It was stopped because of "economics". Might be an argument in the lower leagues but in the premier league? Do me a favour. For most you can see their love of football slowly draining away. Keep them hungry. Most are millionaires but they look like a bunch of miserable sulky kids being asked to clean up dogshit!
Other than that you are relying on a first class motivational manager. That is why SAF, Morinho teams are consistantly successful and why so many other teams that are full of talent are not.
 

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The thing that always kills the USA internationally is our young, promising players move to Europe and don't get many opportunities at young ages, and as a result their development is killed. Hull FC killed Jozy Altidore, Benfica killed Adu, etc.

The most important thing in developing young players in all sports is playing them. Like anything in life that takes skill, experience leads to improvement.
I like the way the MLS do the draft from college. I also think the MLS will be a great place to loan players in the future to. The problem the MLS has got is even if the league gets bigger and better players in their prime or close to it, they only have the league to compete in they cant enter European competitions for obvious reasons so Europe is a big attraction
 

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You need to ground the kids in reality, bring back the training ground apprentice chores such as cleaning the rooms and polishing boots. That teaches a real life work ethic. And that's what's missing today. I'd go further and have them do "work experience" for a couple of weeks in the summer with local companies. Help them understand how privileged they are.
 

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The thing that always kills the USA internationally is our young, promising players move to Europe and don't get many opportunities at young ages, and as a result their development is killed. Hull FC killed Jozy Altidore, Benfica killed Adu, etc.

The most important thing in developing young players in all sports is playing them. Like anything in life that takes skill, experience leads to improvement.
Freddy Adu! :LOL:
He was like 30 years old man
He did have 1 good movie
 

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Wage cap

Definitely some kind of work experience / community service

Closer mentoring from senior players

Use those that didn't make it as an example
 

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Seems to be a problem with us more than elsewhere in Europe. Players think they're world beaters at 17-18, maybe because they have had a few first team outings. The poor state of our national team always compels us to thrust the youngsters into the limelight earlier, before they're physically and mentally ready. Look at players like Owen and Rooney who were dogged by injuries and a decline in form by their mid 20s. Had they been held back a bit longer and allowed to mature and develop physically maybe they would've been even more productive throughout their careers. The likes of Becks and Scholes seem to have had more longevity from arriving later. Gerrard didn't really become established with england until he was 21. In places like Italy players tend to emerge more slowly, they are spending time in the U21s before exploding onto the big stage. I think we should stop building up these players too much, whether its the media or the fans and let them come into the national team a bit later, so they are more able to cope with the pressures and the fame.
 
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