The Kids May Never Be More Than Alright...

Jack Wilshere never got better, Theo Walcott hasn't improved, so why are we assuming that Ross Barkley, Luke Shaw, Daniel Sturridge etc will be better in two years?

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lfcfan80 (Liverpool) says...

@Harry, the difference between Henderson and Cleverley, is Henderson's mentality and attitude. Cleverley seems like a whiny, mentally weak, why does everybody hate me kinda guy whereas Henderson is strong, very strong mentally and has a phenomenal attitude. Heck even Brendan didn't really rate Henderson when he arrived but Henderson won him over with his commitment, dedication and mental fortitude. Those are the qualities which make you successful in life, the one player we missed most in the last 3 games was Henderson. We would have won the league had he not got sent off against City. Talent only takes you so far but emotional toughness and a refusing to give up attitude makes you a champion. Henderson has this in abundance, he will have a phenomenal season this year.

Posted 2:58am 27th July 2014

rjb (Manchester City) says...

The article is spot on. The only answer to this problem is simply to have more English players playing regular football at a top level. Players develop at different rates. You need a big enough pool to ensure you have a good chance of a set of players peaking at the right time. Look at Lallana - nobody thought he was the next big thing when he was 18 but he's come on later in life. If 100 English players in their early twenties were given the same chance, 10 would emerge as world class players.

Posted 9:13pm 5th July 2014

HarryBoulton says...

@surprisedicare, Henderson is Tom Cleverley 2 years ago. One good season behind him, demonstrating many skills in midfield, but at present, for me, he is no more of a sure thing than any other English midfield player. He could regress this season and end up on the outside again, just like Cleverley. I hope he doesn't, for the sake of English football, but he is far from being established just yet. He didn't exactly take his club form into the England set-up, either.

Posted 4:12pm 1st July 2014

vivadasilva! says...

Its simple, Walcott and Wilshire never improved because of the club they play for, there is no ambition @ Arsenal, 4th place is accepted as a good season, no title challenges, no CL challenges and they celebrate winning the FA cup like they've won the treble, i fully expect Sturridge to get better because Liverpool have the drive and ambition to go past mediocre teams like Arsenal! Shaw has a lot of quality but it's very early to say whether or not he will improve on his past season. I even believe Barkley will imprrove because Martinez is not the type of manager to allow his players to celebrate mediocrity! Anyway I'm irish so we'd be happy with a team that could play as good as your lot

Posted 8:42am 27th June 2014

vivadasilva! says...

Its simple, Walcott and Wilshire never improved because of the club they play for, there is no ambition @ Arsenal, 4th place is accepted as a good season, no title challenges, no CL challenges and they celebrate winning the FA cup like they've won the treble, i fully expect Sturridge to get better because Liverpool have the drive and ambition to go past mediocre teams like Arsenal! Shaw has a lot of quality but it's very early to say whether or not he will improve on his past season. I even believe Barkley will imprrove because Martinez is not the type of manager to allow his players to celebrate mediocrity! Anyway I'm irish so we'd be happy with a team that could play as good as your lot

Posted 8:42am 27th June 2014

parsy12 (Manchester United) says...

The idea that the premier league should be held responsible for the demise of English football is ridiculous. You hear give youth a chance and all this garbage. Why doesn't England do what every other successful international team do and export their talent. Do what Barcelona and Real do. Sell their top talent to foreign teams and have a buy back clause in their contract if they are good enough. Wouldn't everyone want to see a few players maybe of the ilk of zaha, the Keane brothers at United and other countless young players plying their trade in the German, Belgian, Dutch, Italian and French leagues. They would get valuable experience, grow as people and would embrace a new way of living. Diversification is what is holding this England team back and I think it is about time the young players themselves look at their own career trajectory and see what will make them the best players they can be.

Posted 8:27am 27th June 2014

surprisedicare says...

@s.griffin - Henderson is absolutely nothing like Carrick as a player. What a bizarre comparison. He's like gerrard if anyone, but that's not even that accurate as he hasn't got the ball carrying ability or shot Gerard had at that age but conversely does have more tactical nous. Can't think who he's like really, fletcher? Struggling!

Posted 9:15pm 26th June 2014

up4thejamboree (Sheffield Wednesday) says...

Yep, right them all off now. It'll save time later for arts and crafts and learning the guitar.

Posted 12:55pm 26th June 2014

highburyJD says...

Even a fit Walcott can be a frustrating player but his numbers, goals & assists, improve year on year. He also (eventually) learned to track running fullbacks. I'd say he's substantially better than when he was 20.

Posted 11:51am 26th June 2014

gouds (Celtic) says...

Ha ha, HarryBolton, I can just imagine Ross Barkley and Luke Shaw sitting in a cave discussing the nature of ideas...or maybe you meant plateauing? I prefer Plato! Sorry, I'm not being a pedant its just the idea of footballers discussing philosophy is...of feck, its Joey Barton and that is NOT cool. Shame on you!

Posted 11:23am 26th June 2014

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