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March 7, 2013

Making it in Europe is not getting any easier.

Filed under: Uncategorized — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 7:48 am

The standard of play in the A-league is getting better.  While there are no new Harrys or Dukes around, there is a lot of youth contributing in the A-league, and the quality of each new batch is improving.  But we don’t have a big cohort of professionals playing regularly and playing well in Europe.  The problem is twofold.  Everyone else is improving.  Europe now looks at players from all over the place now.  But thinking about that first one, everyone else is improving.  Have a look at the In Bed With Maradonna Top 100 young players in the world.  That is a fantastic list.  El Shaawary from Milan, Eden Hazard and Oscar from Chelsea, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling for the poms, Mario Gotze from Germany, Thiago Alcantero and Christian Tello from Barcelona, Victor Wanyama from Celtic … I dunno, I picked those names at random, guys I had heard of … guys with talent (well, the whole list of 100 has talent), who were contributing to their teams, some in the champs league, many in big four leagues … and all younger than 22.  The IBWM chose not to make space for Jack Wilshere, cos he was injured and there was other talent that deserved a place on the list.  Look at that list for a while.  Look at last year’s list.  Then think about a guy like Terry Antonis.  Or a Ben Halloran.  It’s a different level.  And there is so much competition to get to the top.  Even a mid-league team has little reason to bring in a 20 year old who is still learning to play when they could instead sign a 20 year old who can play right now.  Interestingly, they found space for Matt Ryan in the top 100.  Our sole rep.  Fingers crossed that his next move goes well.  A genuine modern style keeper who knows when to sweep, and has a knack for distribution.

 

Interestingly, there was only space on the list for one rep from Japan and South Korea each.

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