columnist Rob Facey asks in light of Roy Keane's criticism of
Arsenal's ‘youth policy', should more clubs adopt this approach or should the
authorities do something to prevent the poaching of talent from other clubs'
Roy Keane has hit out at Arsenal's youth policy claiming
that Arsene Wenger does not deserve any credit for developing their young
The Sunderland boss is angered that Wenger receives plaudits
for signing youngsters and hoarding them at the Emirates, claiming that none of
the youngsters have come through the ranks at Arsenal.
"The word on the street is
they (Arsenal) have a group of kids coming through that will be absolutely
Keane told The Sun.
"But you go on about the kids coming
through but a lot of them have been bought from other clubs, not through the
academy at Arsenal. It's the same with Chelsea."
Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey are three of the most high
profile examples of the system employed by Arsenal, but it is must be said it
is not just the Gunners poaching players from other clubs.
Keane, who almost bagged all three points against the
Gunners last weekend, has admitted that Sunderland have problems themselves
when it comes to luring young players to join their ranks.
"We have tough battles up here in
terms of signing young players and are restricted in terms of our location," he added.
"You can only bring in kids from a
certain radius and a lot of our radius is in the water. Any good fish out
So, what is the reason for this dramatic outburst by Keane?
Is it just pure jealousy at Arsenal's success, or is he sick
and tired of hearing how great Wenger is at developing talent when really it
isn't his doing?
Is the idea of signing young players from abroad that
controversial anymore? Should more have been done to prevent this sort of thing
happening as, ultimately, it is often the home-grown talent that gets squeezed
out of the picture in favour of foreign imports?
Is it time for the FA or UEFA to step in, or should more clubs
be scouring the youth academies across the globe to find the next big thing?