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Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« Reply #1200 on: June 12, 2019, 02:42:41 PM »
Might not be Barcelona who get him, but it will be a major European team from a capital city. If he was going for football reasons, you would go to Barcelona I think?. If you go for money reasons, there are a few others...

Read a report saying since a recent European tournament where he scored loads of goals, he has been offered around Europe's top clubs by his agent. Albion are so out of this race...
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« Reply #1201 on: June 12, 2019, 02:50:27 PM »

It's the biggest attraction in the world surely? Put yourself in Barry's shoes. Personally as an Albion fan I'd turn down the Liverpool's and Manchester's but Barcelona? To learn off Lionel Messi or Jake Livermore? Sometimes the opportunity is just impossible to refuse.

Yeah 100%, I said one of the biggest as I was considering Real Madrid, Juventus and then the likes of Man City (his generation will probably be all City fans now).

I think its very fair to say we wont ever see him in the WBA first team.

I would put my house on Morgan Rogers being the next one to be cherry picked.

That's the problem with the academy I guess, if a player of that age is performing exceptionally, then its likely on of the bigger clubs will take them before they get chance to be in our first team.

The best we can hope for is a couple of 'late bloomers' like Field etc,
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« Reply #1202 on: June 12, 2019, 02:56:21 PM »
Morgan Rogers is an Albion fan though - I don't think Barry is. They might make a difference for Rogers.
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Re: Under 23's/ Academy Thread
« Reply #1203 on: June 12, 2019, 03:49:21 PM »
Not sure anyone can criticise Louie Barry if he did go to Barcelona, one look at their academy compared to ours and its a no brainer, even if he doesn't make it with them the coaching he will receive will be second to none and thats no disrespect to anyone at our club.
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« Reply #1204 on: June 12, 2019, 03:52:08 PM »
Not sure anyone can criticise Louie Barry if he did go to Barcelona, one look at their academy compared to ours and its a no brainer, even if he doesn't make it with them the coaching he will receive will be second to none and thats no disrespect to anyone at our club.

I don't think anyone is criticising Louie, think its more a case of being annoyed at the system, one where we are starting to produce players who are doing well for the academy and national sides, and then they're being cherry picked by the big clubs.

For what it's worth if I was in Barry's situation, I would be jumping at the chance of signing for Barca.
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« Reply #1205 on: June 12, 2019, 04:00:49 PM »
I don't think anyone is criticising Louie, think its more a case of being annoyed at the system, one where we are starting to produce players who are doing well for the academy and national sides, and then they're being cherry picked by the big clubs.

For what it's worth if I was in Barry's situation, I would be jumping at the chance of signing for Barca.

Don't get me wrong, I haven't seen any criticism on here, just making the point. I guess the vast majority of clubs are in this situation now and I can only see it getting worse.
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« Reply #1206 on: June 12, 2019, 04:10:40 PM »
If Barcelona do really come in for Barry then I think its very likely he will go there. The only thing about Barcelona's academy is I believe they run it a little different to academies here as they have over 300 youth players in their academy spread over a few teams. I hope the fact he might be just another number they put in the mixer trying to reproduce Xavi, Iniesta, Messi etc. and that he would have to completely change his environment at such a young age might put him off? Probably not, but here's hoping