Date: 7th January 2010 at 4:35pm
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It seems, that as football fans, all we ever truly think and care about, is the current.

Little attention is paid to what’s around the corner; The youngsters of Craven Cottage.

Obviously, I wouldn’t expect anything more, seeing as those youngsters aren’t the ones producing the results on the pitch. Yet, I shall stick my neck out on the line and say, of late, we haven’t been renowned for producing young talent.

I’m not talking about the Smallings and the Browns, but the players that should have been making an impact a couple of years ago. As it stands, not one member of our first eleven was brought through our youth system.

Of course, this is the same for many other clubs, but it’s always nice to know a few names on the team sheet are Fulham born and bred. That’s why, you’d be glad to hear, I think our youth system has taken a turn for the better.

New staff have been drafted in under Hodgson’s leadership and it does seem to have had a significant impact.

Whereas, under Coleman and Tigana, we may have had the odd flourishing youth, like a Zat Knight here and a Sean Davis there, but it never seemed like we had a concrete flow of good quality youngsters. Now though, from what we hear and what we can even see on the pitch from time to time, it would appear that we have a very strong youth setup, rivaling that of the best of the teams around us.

Goalkeepers Etheridge and Foderingham have shown great promise and look set to compete for a future number one spot, whilst the likes of Briggs, Marsh-Brown and Hoesen blatantly possess the potential to hit the big time within the not-too-distant future.

This can be seen from excellent performances in academy and reserve matches alike, backed up with some very creditable statistics. On top of that, many of them are already representing their respective countries and have gained valuable experience in doing so.

This begs the question: In 5 years time, will we be seeing a squad enriched with Fulham youth, or will they all have been brought in, completing a vicious circle which never seems to end?


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7 Replies to “The Fulham of Tomorrow!”

  • Hopefully a few will be Fulham born and bred, as it would be good to see some faces from the academy out there playing first team football, this is good for the club in a number of ways, firstly it shows the younger lads that if they are good enough and work hard that they will get their chance, which is good for attracting the better youth players to start with and it also does the cub a big financial favour as well because there?s no transfer fee and anything we get for selling them at a later date is profit aka Rooney, while I know most Everton fans were gutted when he left the £30M transfer fee went a long way to balancing the books at Goodison and in the PL cash is always useful.

  • It’s a very good point. If needs must I think we could already look at collecting a decent sum for the likes of Smalling just for the raw potential they possess…

  • i think smalling should remain as the shining example that with hard work and talent you can play in the premier league, no matter where you start… but youth is always smart to develop, and i would imagine a lot cheaper when filling out the squad…

  • it all steams from roy and the fact we are established prema team young players want to come to us give roy a seat up stairs one the board

  • Mo i think has really looked at developing young players and bringing them on. Fulham identity is about home grown players….we must keep looking for the next haynes

  • Its so boring when there is no match for your team at the weekend, what do you do, the Mrs wants to go shopping and you say, what in this weather.

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