Discussion in 'Molineux Mix' started by Will Wolf, Jun 19, 2018.
For those not aware
Invited Under-21 teams confirmed for 2018/19 Checkatrade Trophy
Great stuff for the lads; 2016-17 proved absolutely great for Gibbs-White, Wilson, Enobakhare and Ronan - all of whom have made an impact on the senior side. Also it means a 3rd pathway to Wembley too!
My thoughts also. Do we think the home games will be at Molineux?
Plus, to someone like me who won't be able to go to many league games next season, it gives me the chance to get to the Golden Palace to see competitive action.
Great news, happy with that.
They were last time and haven't seen anything to indicate otherwise
As good as this is for our youth players, is as bad as this is for the competition.
This is the start of B teams and I don’t like it personally. We shouldn’t be in this competition in my opinion.
It was incredibly helpful a couple of seasons ago for several of our younger players, giving them a competitive platform to perform on. The U23 league isn't as competitive as it should be, and feels more like a reserves league. Gibbs-White could star in this.
There was a stat I saw, that showed that most of the top players in the world started breaking through to first team football by the age of 17 or 18. It shows that players need to move up from the U23 squad much earlier than they often do in England. English teams just don't seem to want to give players that young game time though. Compared to say Germany or Portugal, who seem to produce players at will and often give debuts to players much earlier age wise.
How many times have we seen a kid with so much skill just struggle to make the step up from reserve/u23 squad to the full team, get released, then after a few years playing in the lower leagues 'come good' and finally show their potential? the only problem is they are 25-26 by then instead of 20-21.
Sending players out on loan helps, but they often still don't get the game time needed. Also, you're not giving them the best coaching while they are on loan.
Playing competitive football like this is vital for their development. So I'm really happy we're doing this again next season. But it's not enough.
Weirdly it's the same problem for coaches. German top flight teams are more likely to give young managers a chance, often promoted from managing their youth teams, but English clubs only want experienced managers from the off. The only time you seem to see a young English manager in the Premier league is if they got promoted to it. Promoting managers from within also has the side effect of them bringing youth team players they know through to the first team.
Look at Tim Sherwood at Spurs. He might not have done well as a manager, but the moment he took over he brought a load of youth team players into the first team and Spurs are still reaping the benefits of that choice.
Does anyone know what date the draw is? Tried googling to no avail. Sure I read it was happening mid July though
It was on 13th July last year so I’d say imminently.... possibly even tomorrow
Looking forward to see who we get. Fingers crossed it's Coventry
they did well last time in the competition & some of those players kicked on, I'm all for it, hope they do well again
Wednesday 18th July it seems at 1pm. We’re in the northern section and will be in one of 8 groups
Checkatrade Trophy: Round One Draw information
Hopefully Crewe again.
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