mrmojorisin75 Posted May 6, 2007 Share Posted May 6, 2007 As a recent convert to the "get Allardyce" club, or rather the "get shot of Roeder & Allardyce looks about the best hope we have" club, I was thinking this morning about his track record at Bolton and how it might work at SJP. What concernes/interests me is the following: we have arguably one of the best crops of youngsters with potential knocking about in the league - Taylor, Milner, N'Zogbia, Krul, Edar (perhaps), Carroll (perhaps), Huntington (perhaps) and then other kids making noises who are even younger like Lua Lua, Donaldson etc... Anyway to my knowledge in a decade or so in charge of Bolton, Allardyce has hardly set the world on fire in developing youngsters - players to come through their ranks or be picked up at a young age to then make the first time are: Michael Ricketts, Nicky Hunt, Kevin Nolan, Vaz Te (perennial substitute), O'Brien perhaps....maybe there's some missing but the point stands that for a decade it's hardly great is it? We know where Allardyce's strengths lie; in getting the best out of underperforming players or players with something to prove. For me this would bring us advantages with players like Duff, Parker, Solano, Carr (if he stays), Emre (if he stays), Ameobi... The other people he might be able to work his 'magic' on should be out of the club before he even gets here (if he indeed does) such as Bramble, Moore, Onyewu, Baba, Sib etc... To me we're at a crossroads as a club in more ways than one. Talking only about playing matters I hope that whoever takes over (assuming someone does) uses the kids as the nucleus of the team rather than seeing them as 'fill-ins' for the so-called established players such as Dyer - who I failed to mention above 'cause I don't even count him as a player anymore & simply hope he somehow vanishes off the face of the earth. Roeder has used the kids this season, and received the consequent kudos from their limited success, only because he's had to. I don't think for a minute we'd have seen Edgar/Hunt play at all, Milner/Taylor I doubt would have figured as much if Roeder had had a fortune to spend on "established Premiership players". What does everyone think? Could Allardyce strike a balance he never managed at Bolton between age and experience? To me it's vital for future of the club that these youngsters are given a fair chance or we'll end up back to the days where schoolkids would rather go to Southampton than sign for us. It's especially important given we're pretty much skint due largely to paying for so-called established players year in year out. I'm not saying Allardyce is or isn't the man, what I'm saying is whoever comes in it's imperative as a CLUB we recognise what we have in terms of talent rather than what we have in terms of age/experience. Allardyce might well be the perfect man for this club if he can revitalise players like Parker, allow the likes of N'Zogbia/Carroll to play and develop, plus add some of his trademark "bargain" signings...if they all combine we could well be in business. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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