‘Poch, Klopp give English kids a chance; Chelsea, United don’t’

Date published: Wednesday 1st November 2017 12:05

Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp give English youngsters a chance in the first team, while Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United do not.

That is the view of Steve McManaman, who feels that only Liverpool and Tottenham are willing to trust local youngsters in competitive games.

Asked why the England senior team is failing, former Liverpool winger McManaman told Marca: “Young players don’t have minutes in the first team. The squads have 24 players and hardly give them opportunities.

“Now the U20s won the World Cup, the U17s also.

“English youngsters don’t play as much as Spaniards. Look at Isco or Asensio.

“We have to organise it better, because they are good. Pochettino has been giving many opportunities to kids. Klopp in Liverpool too, but then we don’t see that at Chelsea, City or Manchester United.”

You can have Pochettino, who is doing a better job of managing the England squad than Gareth Southgate. Dele Alli and Eric Dier have emerged under his tutelage, as well as Kyle Walker-Peters and the delightful Harry Winks.

Klopp is a bit of a stretch, mind. Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have traded minutes, while Dominic Solanke has been used sparingly. Then the next-youngest Englishman to play is bloody Jon Flanagan.

McManaman has more of a point when it comes to Chelsea and Manchester City – Ethan Ampadu is the only player aged 21 or younger to start for either side in all competitions this season.

And then there is Jose Mourinho, who started 20-year-old Scott McTominay in the Champions League in midweek, and has presided over the development of Marcus Rashford. To lump United in with Chelsea and City seems harsh.

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