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Question Youth team set up - To sell or not to sell?

DTS

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Hats off to Ricky Duncan. Assuming the story about Ngoo going to Liverpool are true thats the third youth player we have sold to upper leagues opposition ths past calander year with Orunga (?) going to Everton and Medi going to Derby. If the fees are to be believed he must have brought in close to £300,000 for the club already. More than Tilly in the same calender year I expect.

Whilst I am loving the extra cash coming in there is a selfish part of me that thinks if these lads are as good as Liverpool and Everton seem to think they are could we not keep them and try and build them ourselves?

If we could have got one of these lads into a first team star we could have been looking at bib big money potentially. Plus we have got the benefit of getting a quality player for a bit.

I guess in fairness if Liverpool come in for you at 16 and Southend say No your not going to be the most motivated. I also think in the past when we have turned down decent money for a "promising youth" and tried to groom them ourselves say Jae Martin - its not always worked.

It does rather beg the question is the youth set up really set up to groom players for the top clubs and we try and progress with what is left?
 
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