Football is a game of opinions, but can these opinions make or break a young footballers career? With the debate about foreign imports at youth level, is this another factor that can see English talent slipping to the lower realms of the footballing ladder?
As young players try a earn a professional deal, their main objective is to impress enough, they catch the eye of the first team manager, but sometimes earning a professional deal doesn’t mean you will have a career as a footballer, or for some, at the level you expect. Most non-league teams now, have a batch of young talent that has fallen through the levels but how come they are good enough to earn a professional deal in the eyes of the manager, but left to be put in football wilderness months later?
A young footballer, that was well respected within a Championship football club, capped internationally at youth level, captained a youth and reserve team, earned a one-year deal, but months later was loaned out to a non-league team, where upon his release, has stayed at that level. This begs the question, how come a lot of young, home-grown talent are being released? A main answer to that is due to the influx of foreign talent that clubs are investing in and regarding the latter, this was the case at that club. Is it because the foreign players are more passionate about the game? Does it mean more to them, then just a nice paycheque at the end of each month?
Opinions within football are a major stumbling block for some. This is because if that certain manager doesn’t believe in the style player they are, or fit a clubs footballing philosophy, at the end of their contract, won’t be kept on and released. So with many aspiring professional footballers, the better players in a youth team, may not necessarily be kept on and because that manager believes in others, they can go on to have careers at that club. So what happens to those they don’t believe in? Simple, they drop down levels because that’s where they are given the chance to impress because of the pedigree of playing for a league club and for the lower league clubs, they will be getting a good, young footballer for free, that could potentially be bought for a figure in the future. A great piece of business on their half.