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League 2 Team of The Year


Well-known member
Mar 12, 2020
The EFL and WhoScored.com have both published their teams of the year for 2020/21.

Neither team included a single player under the age of 23.

The EFL teams average age was 28.4 years old. The ages of players were as follows :-

Under 20 - 0 players
21-24 - 1 players
25-29 - 6 players
Over 30 - 4 players

The Whoescored.com teams average age was 27.8 years old. The ages of players were as follows :-

Under 20 - 0
21-24 - 2 players
25-29 - 6 players
Over 30 - 3 players

I know players generally wouldn’t expect to peak until late 20s so this proves that but it also goes to show the ignorance of fans who blame or slag off young players as not good enough or non league standard, when they are getting games under their belts as teenagers at our club.

Young players need support and nurture and they will be inconsistent and unable to endure the physical rigours of league 1/2 on a weekly basis. It’s why scouts and staff will often look at their best performances not their worst ones. Because as they age it’s the things they can do or have potential to do that begin to happen more often.

At Southend we’ve been unfortunate to have to use so many young players maybe before they were ready, but we have also been lucky to have been able to see them before they peaked or developed and been a club that’s given them opportunity.

Just needs to be considered before we crucify 18/19/20/21 year olds who are still learning and developing and hope that we can assist not hinder their progress.

Worth considering that some players had terrible abuse here even though it was widely known to be the worst time in the clubs history and they have gone on “in spite” of the environment at Southend united not because of it....

We are too quick to write off or criticise sometimes and the fact that two teams of the year were picked and not a single u23 was in either speaks volumes.