02 Jun 2024 22:12:35
I hope not to be long winded but after an age of missed opportunities starting with going down the leagues and not starting the new Scottish Ajax conveyor belt with little to no pressure. I honestly feel that if we bite our tongue from time to time, no matter how much we want it now, we are on the path, with the current business model, towards real ongoing success and a more international development academy of excellence.

I loved watching players like Gio on there way up. We need more of that, so let's not get hung up on a big name, league or club.
Also be gentle as this is my first post.

1.) 03 Jun 2024
03 Jun 2024 04:15:46
Welcome advocate

Sorry I'm not getting the gio part? Do you mean GVB? We spent about £6 million on him that was quite a bit of cash at that time, I thought your post meant bringing in youth players we have developed or from other countries apologies if I'm reading it wrong.

2.) 03 Jun 2024
03 Jun 2024 07:32:39
Advocate welcome mate.

3.) 03 Jun 2024
03 Jun 2024 08:44:29
I thought GVB was about 5m. This WAS a lot for us but he was very much in the shape of what we want (if a little higher quality) . He had not hit the big time yet and could have made us a LOT of cash (although if I remember he didn't go for much? ) .
He had not hit the big time just yet and wwent on to Arsenal, Barcelona etc.
Maybe not the best example but not wrong as such!
I would love us to steal in with a couple more Boumsong like deals!

4.) 03 Jun 2024
03 Jun 2024 09:56:01
Hey Advocate. I like the message of your post, although I can’t think of a good example of a young development player off the top of my head. Arteta was also a good young player for us with a punchy fee.