This article was written by guest writer Cameron Kilmister. You can find more of his work on his own blog here. All the transfer talk coming from the Bundesliga nmight be focused on Mario Gotze’s £31.5 million move to Dortmunds arch rivals, Bayern Munich and to be honest, why wouldn’t all the focus be on him. This is a player who has been dubbed as one of the greatest talents to emerge from a German clubs youth academy, and at the age of 20 he still has a bright long career ahead of him. Yet Gotze is not the only promising looking player to emerge from a youth academy in the Bundesliga. Over the last decade the Read more..
It seems Frank Arnesen is slowly going through the process of repaying Chelsea some of the money he threw away on ‘world class youth players’ during his time there. He was first employed by Chelsea as a head scout, an appointment which itself cost Chelsea £5m, as he was working for Spurs at the time. Then due to his massive success in this role (do £4m Soloman Kalou and £16m John Obi Mikel count as youth successes?), he was promoted to director of football, or another similarly named irrelevant role, on a reported £2m salary. Because someone told Abramovich Chelsea had created the best youth system in the world. One of the arguments is that Read more..