The Czech international has just started just four Premier League matches this season, with Blues manager Jose Mourinho preferring Courtois ahead of the 32-year old keeper. While Cech admitted that he had to come to terms with his coach’s decision to play the Belgium international over him this season, he has also hinted that he could leave Chelsea this summer if he doesn’t get more playing minutes.
The 36-year-old midfielder has made 30 appearances this season but many of those have been 10 minute cameos and his main objective remains to play. While Manchester City have been impressed with Lampard and his contribution on and off the pitch during his loan spell and his presence proved vital in the absence of Yaya Toure, Frankie is still frustrated with a lack of game at Manchester City.
At just 22 years of age, Raphael Varane can safely be called one of the best centre-backs of his generation. The French defender is blessed with incredible technical skills, but what is truly remarkable about him is his blistering pace and speed. While he is a pillar at his national team, Varane is struggling at Real Madrid for a place in the first starting XI. Pepe and Sergio Ramos have left him in the shadows this season.
The Brazilian winger had been a rather enigmatic figure for Paris Saint-Germain following his €45 million move from Sao Paulo in January 2013. While he has lighted up the Parc de Princes with his direct dribbling every now and then, Lucas Moura has been mostly disappointing with his poor decision-making and lack of efficiency. While he had a good start to the season, Moura has been a ghost so far.
Since signing on at Stamford Bridge in a £26 million switch from Fiorentina in January, Juan Cuadrado has started for the Bluse just twice, with the rest of his six appearances coming from the bench. The Colombian was an idol at Artemio Franchi, and now he seems to be getting only nasty comments from Chelsea fans. His cameo appearances don’t live up to the £26 million fee Chelsea paid for him.
The Mexican striker has spent so long on the Real Madrid bench that it’s a wonder he hasn’t left an imprint on it. Chicharito has four goals to his name since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, but the last of them came almost five months ago- namely on 29th October, in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey round of 32 against Cornella. Hernandez has fallen further down the pecking order, and he seems to be heading away from Madrid in the summer.
The 25-year-old midfielder has scored just four goals in 14 starts for City this season and fell further down Manuel Pellegrini’s pecking order after Wilfried Bony arrival at the club during the winter’s transfer window. Stevan Jovetic is expected to leave the Etihad this summer after failing to impress since his £22 million transfer from Fiorentina in 2013. The Montenegrin has been a huge disappointment.
French defender Bacary Sagna has started just 12 games for Manchester City so far this season, which is why he is growing increasingly agitated at his bit-part role. Bacary Sagna signed a three-year deal with the Citizens last summer and he was expected to play a pivotal role in the defense, but he has failed to dislodge Pablo Zabaleta as first-choice right back. Sagna might reconsider his future.
The German midfielder has recently confirmed that he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, with reports linking him to a Bundesliga move. Sami Khedira has made just 11 appearances for the Spanish giants in La Liga this season after being plagued by frequent injuries throughout the season. Injuries apart, Khedira fell further down in Ancelotti’s pecking order and his departure is logical.
With just 22 appearances for Chelsea since his summer move, Filipe Luis plans a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer. The Brazilian defender joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £16 million last summer, but he has struggled for a place in the Blues starting XI. Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta are ahead in pecking order. Luis hopes to return to Atleti at the end of the season.
The Italian club has been through a rough patch in the last few years, but they continue to be one of the finest youth academies. In terms of creating stars, they have an edge over the likes of Juventus, Inter Milan or AS Roma. Legends such as Filippo Inzaghi, Paolo Maldini have been the product of the Italian giants. The likes of Stephan El Shaarawy or Andrea Poli are the future of AC Milan, even though they have a long way from becoming like their predecessors.
While Los Murcielagos(The Bats) find it hard to keep up with the Joneses, they have still one of the most productive youth academies in Spain. Valencia failed to qualify for this year Champions League; they currently sit in the 4th place in the La Liga and have a good chance to make it in the prestigious tournament next season. Valencia has produced the lies of David Villa, Juan Mata, Roberto Soldado, and David Silva, selling them for £109.5 million.
Whenever you hear about young Brazilian players who take the world by storm, Campenato Brasilero, the Brazilin league takes all the credit. While Sao Paulo has produced the lies of Ricardo Kaka, Lucas Moura or Oscar, Santos is credited with developing some of the best players in the game, Pele most notably. Robinho has been another product of Santos. Least but not least, Neymar has been born and bred at Santos.
Fc Porto is arguably Portugal’s most successful club, and their success can be attributed to a host of factors. Perhaps the most important reason to their dominance in the Portuguese league is their youth system. They take young promising players; develop them and later on selling them at a huge profit. Porto has developed the likes of James Rodriguez, Falcao, Joao Moutinhoand Hulk among others. They know how to do business.
Being an underdog might annoy many clubs, but Atletico Madrid seems to thrive on it. They had a brilliant last season, winning the La Liga and making it into the Champion League final, spending just £5.5 million in the prior two seasons. Diego Costa, Arda Turan, Koke, Raul Garcia, and Diego Godin were present all along. Atletico Madrid has developed some fantastic strikers, such as Sergio Aguero, Fernando Torres and Radamel Falcao.
While it is a Sisyphean task to compete with the big guns, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, or Manchester City in terms of finances, Southampton has produced some great players in the league, selling them at huge profits. The Saints have produced Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale and the legendary Alan Shearer. They sold Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, and Rickie Lambert for a total of £92 million earlier this summer.
The Gunners have usually operated on a low-budget policy, but they have signed some brilliant players over the years. Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Cesc Fabregas, Patric Vieira and Kolo Toure were part of the Invincible Team in the 2003/04 season. Granted, Arsene Wenger is not proud of signing Chamakh, Arshavin or Yaya Sanogo for that matter. However, Arsenal is credited with developing some of the finest players in the game.
Sir Alex Ferguson, the former legendary Manchester United manager is credited with detecting and later developing some of the world’s greatest players. If it were not for Sir Alex, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney wouldn’t be performing at their current levels. The Scottish manager got the best out of Ryan Giggs, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes and Roy Keane among others. If you have a well-rounded youth academy, it surely pays off.
Ajax is perhaps the only club able to compete with the big guns of Europe, in terms of producing and developing great players. Apart from the 3 tines Ballon D’Or winner Johan Cruyff, the Amsterdam based club has produced some of the world’s finest players, such as Edwin Van Der Sar, Wesley Sneijder, Ruud Gullit, Marco Van Basten , Dennis Bergkamp Frank Rijkaard, Patrick Kluivert, Luiz Suarez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Catalan giants take the top spot on the list, and rightly so. When it comes to home-grown stars, Barcelona is the first club that comes to mind. Xavi Hernandez, Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Pedro, Gerrard Pique, Carles Puyol and Cesc Fasbgres are born and bred at Barcelona. The Argentine star Lionel Messi joined Barcelona at 11, becoming one of the world’s best players of all times. Hell, even Pep Guardiola is a product of La Masia.
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