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I think there are a few in the current group who will make the step up: Ben Sahar, Scott Sinclair, Jimmy Smith (did well on loan at QPR), Michael Mancienne (ditto), Michael Woods, Sam Hutchinson & Carl Magney (the Football Icon 2 lad) all have a very good chance.

There are some others that are good player and will make it, but probably not wil us. For example, Anthony Grant's a good player - and has done well on loan at Wycombe - but we have too many young defensive midfielders.

I'd like to see the club state that we're not spending ?m's on new players because we have the youngsters coming through. It would good in the seven mentioned above were given a decent chance in the Carling Cup, but I think Jose is focused on trying to win all the competitions.

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I am looking forward to seeing Mencienne in action. He's been great for the past 2 seasons...in Football Manager, that is. I've been kicking ass using him... icon_razz.gif

Joke on the side, it would be nice for him to do well...

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Ben Sahar? Maybe. What about Scott Sinclair - any news on his injury?

Ben had a bit of promise from his brief first team action, but I thought Scott Sinclair looked VERY one dimensional.

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Ben Sahar? Maybe. What about Scott Sinclair - any news on his injury?

Ben had a bit of promise from his brief first team action, but I thought Scott Sinclair looked VERY one dimensional.

Which dimention is that?

one of these?

This one ?

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Maybe this

This dimention dont look to bad

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6iExkOf53k

And this ones a bit of ok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb1H6p7yn30

Point taken though, hasnt played at the top level yet, bags of potential IMO but a long way to go

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In my opinion, Sinclair has the best shot from the reserves, followed by Mancienne, and I really doubt Smith and Woods will develop into first team Chelsea players.

I think several of the youth team players have a shot, however. More international players, obviously formed in the new era. Defender Harry Worley could impress. Midfielders Fabio Ferreira, Ricardo Fernandes, Connor Clifford, Miroslav Stoch, and Sergio Tejera could also heavily impress when they graduate to the reserves. The other striker besides Sahar that could make it from the U18's is Morten Nielsen.

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In my opinion, Sinclair has the best shot from the reserves, followed by Mancienne, and I really doubt Smith and Woods will develop into first team Chelsea players.

I think several of the youth team players have a shot, however. More international players, obviously formed in the new era. Defender Harry Worley could impress. Midfielders Fabio Ferreira, Ricardo Fernandes, Connor Clifford, Miroslav Stoch, and Sergio Tejera could also heavily impress when they graduate to the reserves. The other striker besides Sahar that could make it from the U18's is Morten Nielsen.

Betcha wrong about Woodsy, the lad is absolute top quality.

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I'm going to go against the grain here and say no-one.

Sahar, Sinclair and Mancienne all have a bit of potential. But so did Chelsea players like Clement and Harley and they didn't make it.

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Which dimention is that?

None of those clips makes me change my mind at all. He runs straight. Head down.

Without looking up. And, while that may occasionally work against lower league defences, it sure as hell won't work in the EPL. Sahar at least seems to have a bit more trickery about him, and seems to have a bit more of a footballing brain.

But basically, I agree with Qaz. We have had some great youngsters (a certain striker springs to mind) but nobody aside from JT has made the grade. Mikel is 19/20 and he's fantastic, but I don't think it's fair to compare a guy who cost 16 million quid with someone we've had since they were a kid.

That said, to make the step up to our first team, they really do need to be as good as Mik or JT. And are ANY of them even close to that level?

I don't think JM thinks so...

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even if none make the grade, which as i've said in the past, is very possible, it's still excellent progress which deserves recognition- how much better is scott sinclair in comparison with seb kneissl?

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even if none make the grade, which as i've said in the past, is very possible, it's still excellent progress which deserves recognition- how much better is scott sinclair in comparison with seb kneissl?

DIdn't Kneissel head back to Germany, or did he go north of the border and play for somewhere like Dunfermlin or Dundee?

However, good point, it is great that we are talking about youngsters (in it's plural) making the grade other than the odd one or two.

Also, who was the other youngster in the rezzies at the same time of Seb Kneissel, he was Greek Cypriot, but lived in London his whole life. Think he played an early FA cup round up in sc**thorpe under Rannieri

Scott

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even if none make the grade, which as i've said in the past, is very possible, it's still excellent progress which deserves recognition- how much better is scott sinclair in comparison with seb kneissl?

I agree with you there.

Dispite what Kenyon or whoever would have you beleive, as far as im concerned if we can get a JT or a Mikel out of the youth system even every 3 seasons we will have done very very well. Expecting to produce one or more world class players out of the youth system year in year out to me is unrealistic and will never happen.

Even a club like Arsenal which is famed for its youth development has only really produced one or two world class players with the vast majority of "starlets" being sold after not making the first team on a regular basis or becomming decent players who can do a job on their day but aren't in the very top echelon of players.

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Also, who was the other youngster in the rezzies at the same time of Seb Kneissel, he was Greek Cypriot, but lived in London his whole life. Think he played an early FA cup round up in sc**thorpe under Rannieri

Scott

alexis nicolas I think.

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even if none make the grade, which as i've said in the past, is very possible, it's still excellent progress which deserves recognition- how much better is scott sinclair in comparison with seb kneissl?

DIdn't Kneissel head back to Germany, or did he go north of the border and play for somewhere like Dunfermlin or Dundee?

However, good point, it is great that we are talking about youngsters (in it's plural) making the grade other than the odd one or two.

Also, who was the other youngster in the rezzies at the same time of Seb Kneissel, he was Greek Cypriot, but lived in London his whole life. Think he played an early FA cup round up in sc**thorpe under Rannieri

Scott

He is playing for Burghausen in the German second division. Wasnt he the dynamic Strike partner of Leon Knight for the reserves?

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