Terry Burton, new head development coach of Arsenal feels that it is getting increasingly tougher for the younger players to make their first-team breakthrough at the club.
He was at the charge of youth team in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s when under his tutelage flurry of exceptional talents made their first team appearances from the academy. The likes of Tony Adams, David Rocastle, Martin Keown, Michael Thomas and Paul Merson have come through the system where the 59-year-old has played a key role.
Burton admits that conditions for the modern game has made life difficult for young players but believes the process of good recruitment, good coaching and pathway can still pave way for the cream to rise on top.
“Yes, it is tougher nowadays,” he told Arsenal Player. “The principles are still the same though – if they are good enough, they will get in.
“It is just now that you look at the quality of players, and the ability of clubs to go worldwide and recruit, and it has become more difficult for young players to break through.
“But it still stands that if you have the quality, certainly at a club like Arsenal, you will get your opportunity.”
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