Neil Atkinson is joined by Ahsan Naeem and Rebecca Knight to talk about the summers being enjoyed by Manchester City and Chelsea respectively on this Gutter special.
Who will City go after if Sanchez doesn’t emerge, what are Chelsea doing in attack? And when will they commit to their youngsters?
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Interesting that Ahsan spoke about the players Pep wants, and plenty of them, but not one of them are brought thru via the academy. Not once did he mention player development. Pep is regarded as a world class coach but the reality is he doing the exact same as Mourinho, buying in quality players and ignoring player development.
We know the same applies to Chelsea, youth is very rarely given its head.
I know we are currently waiting on Keita and VVD, big money transfers, but at least Klopp is giving Trent, Solanke and Woodburn a runout, and is looking to develop the academy.
Long term, I hope Klopps philosophy comes out on top, as it’s better for the game in general.
Rebecca Knight, cheerful as always. I’ve no love for Chelsea but listening to her moan about how shit their fans/board/players/manager are whenever she’s on the show is never fun to listen to and completely defeats what I would assume is the point of getting rival fans on. The City lad was a good listen, though.
Great show I think Rebecca Knight was right to be despondent about Chelski and their lack of player development that in my opinion leads to more plastic fans as there is little following from their youth team as they all get farmed out on loan then bought by teams like us.
Ahsan was a great listen and him reflecting on the lack of panic about waiting for transfers on their part compared to our trolling and endless empty posts made for very stark comparisons.
I think as Rebecca said there is so much pressure on Conte and Pep that they cannot afford to take risks.