Cape Town - Ted
Dumitru believes that the infusion of young players into a club’s first team is
key to improving the side’s performances.
is widely recognised that a strong youth development policy is good for clubs
and countries in the long term. The narrative in South Africa often suggests
that although good youth programmes would be a nice thing to have there are
matters that require more immediate attention from clubs, such as avoiding
relegation or fighting to win the league.
chat to Sport24 Dumitru argues that PSL clubs have fallen behind the
international trend - one that recognises that an injection of young players
into a club’s first team directly relates to better performances and results.
are more than 130 young players signed currently by top international clubs all
over the world, that situation is totally ignored in South Africa, and the
continent as well,” Dumitru said.
of that we need massive changes in terms of dealing with the technical
development of the game.
am talking about exceptional Under-21 youngsters all over the world, this is a
trend that is now very prominent.
started a few years ago with Barcelona’s infusion of young talent and all the
analysts will now tell you that if you don’t have that periodical infusion of
young talent your team will not improve.
am talking about high performance football at professional level,” Dumitru
PSL clubs for recycling experienced PSL players instead of looking to bring
in youth. His belief is that South African coaches distrust younger players
whereas the best clubs in the world have realised that youngsters are key to
first team success.