The season of youngsters!

This season has been a good one for the first team youngsters at the club!
Collison has made a BIG impact and is a regular starter when fit. Tomkins have put on some decent displays and seem not to be out of his depth in the PL. Sears have started a few games this season and even though he has failed to impress me that much at least some of that is due to the fact that he has played without a decent target player by his side. Now Stanislas has made his bow, a promising one, and is asking for a start. The bench has been full of this young talent for most of the games. Good for them! Probably good for the future.
The reason, of course, is not only that they are exceptional talents, but also forced by the way the squad was trimmed back in January. Zola, we are told, wanted a smaller squad and the so called fringe players were sold or loaned out. The inevitable result of that kind of trimming is the lack of back up. We all knew this was coming and I for one was (and still am) pretty happy with the transfer window considering everything.
We should be proud of the youngsters from our academy, but let’s do the right deductions. This does not automatically mean that the youngsters have yet developed into players we like to see in a starting lineup, so in a way I hope that we will not see as many bright prospects being played in important games next seasons.


Prince H said...

Happy for the headline, happy for the comment about bein "proud" of the youngsters!

You've started to see their potential and we are all happy about it.

Without any kind of irony: Thanks!

Joppe - said...

You're wellcome!
The potential in these youngsters is there for all to see!

I confess to not having spotted the greatness of Collison immediately but my problem have never been with the individual youngsters. Rather the conception that West Ham have, and always have had, a unique ability to produce great PL players. These 2 are not fully connected.

I don't want Dux and his likes (or their successor) to use this conception of a limitless 'conveyorbelt' of talent to justify a deterioration of the squad.
The youngsters should be played for the right reasons.

Prince H said...

Well, yes. But "right reasons" can be hard to parse as there will always be different "right reasons".

By the way Zola has said what you demand, so don't worry:

Zola told whufc.com: "The young players are an important part of the project we are taking forward but we need to use them at the right time and at the right moment. We have got a clear idea of what we are going to do.

"I have seen a few new players so I can have a better idea of what they can give me and also where they need to improve. I am going to be working on that and it is important for me for the future."