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Chelsea set to release Smith

tribalfootball.com - April 24, 2008

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Chelsea midfielder Jimmy Smith will be allowed to leave the club in the summer, reports the Daily Mail. Championship clubs QPR, Norwich and Cardiff are all showing an interest in the 21-year-old, who has little chance of reaching Chelsea's first team.

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Heard this last night and cant say im surprised. I dont think he has progressed hugely in his time at QPR and Norwich, to the extent that I think Norwich released him. Certaintly hasnt progressed any where near the way Michael Mancienne has at QPR, which is a shame as he looked a decent prospect a few years back.

Been playing CB for reserves recently which shows his versatility, and I think he'll become a good first team player in the Championship, but unfortunately never in the Premiership.

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When he first went to QPR he had a amazing start and was banging the goals in and playing brilliantly. Unfortunately since then he has lost what he had and has not been able to regain it! It is no suprise that he will be released and he think he will do well in the Championship! Once he gets settled and starts to play regular i see reason why he couldn't go on to be a decent Premiership player, much like what Sidwell did!!

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But we need better than Steve Sidwell, and we can't be the ones to settle Smith in, so he's gotta go. Good luck Jimmy.

Yup, Jimmy is going to be the typical story of the majority of our academy players. They will turn out to be good footballers and have a good carear but they will not be good enough to be able to compete in our squad.......

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This is, and will be the pattern for 99% of academy players.

If we were mid table mediocrity like the old days , they would become Chelsea through and through.

With Kenyons Global 2010 Blue World Domination view, and us now being a World Class team - players will be bought off the shelf nearly every time.

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This is, and will be the pattern for 99% of academy players.

If we were mid table mediocrity like the old days , they would become Chelsea through and through.

With Kenyons Global 2010 Blue World Domination view, and us now being a World Class team - players will be bought off the shelf nearly every time.

The Majority of EVERY clubs academy players end up moving on to other clubs rather than staying. It just means the standard of player we need to come through is very high. The academy always say that their man job is to give all the boys a carear in professional football, and for the exceptional few a shot at making it in our first team.....

Even clubs with a reputation for blooding lots of young players like West Ham, when you consider that every year another group of players moves up to the U18's and another group move out, the number of players getting a chance of first team football from that years age group is incredibly small.

Jimmy Smith along with Michael Mancienne are of the group just before the academy changed, so to get as far as they have with the standard our academy was at is really pretty good.

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The Majority of EVERY clubs academy players end up moving on to other clubs rather than staying. It just means the standard of player we need to come through is very high. The academy always say that their man job is to give all the boys a carear in professional football, and for the exceptional few a shot at making it in our first team.....

Even clubs with a reputation for blooding lots of young players like West Ham, when you consider that every year another group of players moves up to the U18's and another group move out, the number of players getting a chance of first team football from that years age group is incredibly small.

Jimmy Smith along with Michael Mancienne are of the group just before the academy changed, so to get as far as they have with the standard our academy was at is really pretty good.

The West Ham 'feeder club' analogy is a good one. Their players , especially when moving to us, tend to move up. Players coming through our ranks will tend to move down or horizontally at best.

It's fine to have a romantic view of the academy, and that it will produce a string of John Terrys, but the reality is, players of that calibre coming through the ranks are rarer than hens teeth.

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The West Ham 'feeder club' analogy is a good one. Their players , especially when moving to us, tend to move up. Players coming through our ranks will tend to move down or horizontally at best.

It's fine to have a romantic view of the academy, and that it will produce a string of John Terrys, but the reality is, players of that calibre coming through the ranks are rarer than hens teeth.

Although once we have a few more years behind us i would say the possibility of getting 1 through a season would be a real possibility. The current crop od U18's is very very strong, and given the next 2 years of development, loans ect. There is an extermely high chances that one of them and maybe more can make it.

It is all about picking up and deveoping the most talented players. It can be done.... but the first team set up needs to be able to give them the chances

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Although once we have a few more years behind us i would say the possibility of getting 1 through a season would be a real possibility. The current crop od U18's is very very strong, and given the next 2 years of development, loans ect. There is an extermely high chances that one of them and maybe more can make it.

It is all about picking up and deveoping the most talented players. It can be done.... but the first team set up needs to be able to give them the chances

I think the nearest a player will come to 'breaking through' to the first team will be a couple of CC games ala Saha and Sinclair and then offloaded.

Either that or the club will buy players for a couple of million on the cusp of greatness like Di Santo.

When there are literally tens of thousands of 'potentials' around the globe , and as long as there's Romans blank cheque, thats where first team players will come from.

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I think the nearest a player will come to 'breaking through' to the first team will be a couple of CC games ala Saha and Sinclair and then offloaded.

Either that or the club will buy players for a couple of million on the cusp of greatness like Di Santo.

When there are literally tens of thousands of 'potentials' around the globe , and as long as there's Romans blank cheque, thats where first team players will come from.

Well what we are doing with Di Santo is exactly what the Arse do! None of their "young squad" have come through and played at any level of their acamey. It isn't the worst policy.

We have players who can break into and become regulars in our first team squad. The youngsters have to be exceptionally good, but we have those. Roman has said, and the club want to have a policy of bringing some youngsters through, and the way the academy has developed shows that they do believe in that policy.

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Well what we are doing with Di Santo is exactly what the Arse do! None of their "young squad" have come through and played at any level of their acamey. It isn't the worst policy.

We have players who can break into and become regulars in our first team squad. The youngsters have to be exceptionally good, but we have those. Roman has said, and the club want to have a policy of bringing some youngsters through, and the way the academy has developed shows that they do believe in that policy.

Well the proof will be in the pudding as they say.

The academy does have that potential of rearing first team players. Top quality players, but the reality is it's essentially window dressing, a neccessity for any club especially a top club, and brings in revenue as players values increase.

For one to break through of the calibre of JT though , is as rare as rocking horse shit.

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Well the proof will be in the pudding as they say.

The academy does have that potential of rearing first team players. Top quality players, but the reality is it's essentially window dressing, a neccessity for any club especially a top club, and brings in revenue as players values increase.

For one to break through of the calibre of JT though , is as rare as rocking horse shit.

At our club yes it is rare! But you have to remember the years of virtual neglect that our Academy has been through, young players have to come through somewhere, and with us trying to snap up and develop the best young talent around i feel sure that sooner or later another player will come through and establish himself and a first team star, and more will follow.

But we will have to wait and see....

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