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No thread for Michael Drennan so i thought would start one!

Done well at Carlisle on loan, and now joined Portsmouth on loan.

5 in 5 for Republic Of Ireland U21's as well.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/26290975

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Portsmouth have signed Aston Villa striker Michael Drennan on a one-month youth loan, subject to approval from the Football League.

The 20-year-old recently returned from a loan spell with League One Carlisle, where he made six appearances.
"Michael can get in behind people and gives us the ability to get further up the pitch.
"He's been a real threat whenever I've seen him play for Aston Villa," boss Richie Barker told the club website. 
"He's a bit unusual in the sense that most youngsters today want to play short to feet.
"We have been watching him for a few months - I wanted to take him when I was at Crawley - but he was in and around Villa's first team squad."

 

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 If it's really true he's only football league quality, how come our youth system keeps churning out players who aren't good enough for our first team? Don't seem to have had a successful crossover for ages.

There's a huge amount of factors in it that makes it far from black and white. One player, for example might never make it as Premier League player at Villa, but he could be at someone like West Ham or Swansea, and become a regular. It's all down to when in his progression the player gets a chance in his team, how the team plays in terms of style, tactics and mentality, what his relationships are like with other players etc. That's what makes it so difficult to predict who's going to be a player and who isn't

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Most clubs churn out players that aren't good enough for the first team, Villa are no different. One of the things that Villa have been good at over the last few years is looking after the youngsters and helping them to progress their careers elsewhere.

It is rare to have a player come through that is of real quality. Look at the much hyped academies elsewhere, very few players make it to first team level and sustain it. Football in this country has been brought to its knees by the cheap foreign import and the lack of quality English player coming through.

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Most clubs churn out players that aren't good enough for the first team, Villa are no different. One of the things that Villa have been good at over the last few years is looking after the youngsters and helping them to progress their careers elsewhere.

It is rare to have a player come through that is of real quality. Look at the much hyped academies elsewhere, very few players make it to first team level and sustain it. Football in this country has been brought to its knees by the cheap foreign import and the lack of quality English player coming through.

 

Out of interest Andy, why are we the number one rated academy? What are the factors that determine that? I mean, we've produced our fair share of PL players over the years but we rarely produce real stars - Cahill probably being the last. Compare that to Southampton who have got Shaw, Chambers, Ward-Prowse in the team at the moment, having sold the like of Walcott, Oxlade-C and Bale in the last few years...

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I think it is based on facilities, education and structure, not sure it has a great deal to do with players produced. Southampton's greatest strength is catchment area.

This x1000. They don't really have to compete with other clubs for players. Plus, crediting them with Walcott is a bit like solely crediting arsenal for Crowley, only if Crowley stayed at villa for an extra year

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I think it is based on facilities, education and structure, not sure it has a great deal to do with players produced. Southampton's greatest strength is catchment area.

This x1000. They don't really have to compete with other clubs for players. Plus, crediting them with Walcott is a bit like solely crediting arsenal for Crowley, only if Crowley stayed at villa for an extra year

 

 

Really? Walcott moved to Southampton about 11 didn't he? Not really the same.

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I think it is based on facilities, education and structure, not sure it has a great deal to do with players produced. Southampton's greatest strength is catchment area.

This x1000. They don't really have to compete with other clubs for players. Plus, crediting them with Walcott is a bit like solely crediting arsenal for Crowley, only if Crowley stayed at villa for an extra year

Really? Walcott moved to Southampton about 11 didn't he? Not really the same.

I always thought he went there when he was 16. It looks like I'm wrong.

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I think it is based on facilities, education and structure, not sure it has a great deal to do with players produced. Southampton's greatest strength is catchment area.

This x1000. They don't really have to compete with other clubs for players. Plus, crediting them with Walcott is a bit like solely crediting arsenal for Crowley, only if Crowley stayed at villa for an extra year

Really? Walcott moved to Southampton about 11 didn't he? Not really the same.

I always thought he went there when he was 16. It looks like I'm wrong.

 

Walcott played 21 games for Southampton, moved when he was 17. He originally was on th ebooks of Swindon before Southampton took him

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