- 28 Feb 2018
- Fav Player
- Eddie Bishop
MM is using the competition to his advantage - in whatever format - and that is quite right. He and the players are employees of a competing club, who belong to the structure that has organized that competition, so it would be unrealistic to expect any of them to express a public opinion on the issues discussed here. The fact is that the "proper" game of football should have been against another L1 or L2 team or a National League, Scottish, Welsh or Irish team if there was a desperate desire to make up the numbers. It would have been just as good an opportunity to blood the youngsters. I appreciate what you are saying but am not sure that it really is another perspective.Interestingly MM seems to see it differently now- he was in his post match interview delighted to have had the game and delighted that the youngsters were able to play in a "proper" game of football mentioning how nowadays he has no other such games to blood the youngsters. He clearly felt that for Pilling Walker Rice Spellman etc. such games were the best opportunity he has to see what they can do so he can judge better how far off the first team they are....
I appreciate all the "evils" of the U21 teams yes but just another perspective and if it helps us speed up the development of our own youngsters then maybe not all bad??