Date: 17th January 2017 at 7:48am
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AFC Bournemouth development coach Stephen Purches believes that the Cherries youth team set-up is succeeding.

Following the Cherries rise through the football league pyramid, AFC Bournemouth haven’t been able to see many players break through into the squad from the youth team set-up.

The most notable player in recent years was Jayden Stockley, but he didn’t make an appearance higher than League One and would eventually go out on loan to Woking, Leyton Orient, Torquay, Cambridge, Luton, Portsmouth and Exeter before making a permanent move to Scottish side Aberdeen.

More recent talent has seen Baily Cargill, Matt Butcher, Jordan Lee and Corey Jordan all involved in AFC Bournemouth’s first team playing in either the EFL Cup or FA Cup.

Football League experience has been gained by loan move to lower league clubs with Brandon Goodship recently making a permanent switch to Yeovil Town.

Breaking through to the Premier League is the next step for one of the Cherries own talents, something which is hard to do considering the standard of the youth set-up.

Most Premier League sides have long established Category One academies and compete against each other in the recently formed ‘Premier League 2’.

In comparison the Cherries are a Category Three academy and play in the Central League.

Purches told the Daily Echo

“We all want the same thing, supporters and coaches. We want to get players in and around the first-team environment.

“It is what drives you every day. We are trying to help create professional footballers and give them a career in the game, whether that is with us or another club.

“If their pathway is not with us and our first team, you would hope there is a chance they will play professional football elsewhere and at a good standard.

“Hopefully, they will have been well schooled and clubs can look at them and know what type of player they are going to get.”




Your Say…

northstandmark wrote…

we’re never likely to be able to produce many PL standard players, because we’ll never be allowed to become Cat 1. Read up about Ipswichs and Nottm Forests attempts, it’s a farcical grading system where the goalposts are continually moved. The whole idea is to limit the Cat1 clubs, to keep the pyramid shape of the system intact. And as such we’ll always be exposed to poaching of anyone with big potential.

We do have a responsibility as a PL club to produce players capable of good careers in professional football in the leagues below us though, and I believe in the shape of those names above we are doing that. Obviously only time will tell for certain.
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