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'original goal of youth development' what a load of rubbish, it's alright for the academy teams but it's not like we can give a good chance for our youngsters because we get fined if there are too many team changes
And now we have EFL Futures. Another badly thought out scheme where an estimated £600k will be shared between L1 and L2 clubs who play U21 English players. A massive £12.5k average per club. This wouldn't even cover the cost for one apprenticeship.
So by their own figures the increase in English U21 players was just 4%. This is despite a 33% increase in teams, all of who were supposed to be U21 sides. And they have the nerve to call it a success.