And can you be really sure that if we hadn't achieved Cat 1 status that the likes of Roberts, Rodon and McBurnie would have developed to the extent that they did, and that they wouldn't have been poached?
So you think a saving of £1 million a year is the be-all-and-end-all? Even for a Championship club that's pretty modest. Also when you earlier invoked the sales of Allen and Davies you forgot to mention that they were the only two significant youth products earning transfer fees over a period of over a decade. You also fail to take account of the wage savings of academy graduates as opposed to experienced pros brought in from other clubs. The wage savings alone of fielding several Cabango's as compared to several Peterson's would probably be more than a million. But you've not answered my question. What is your idea of long-term sustainability for the club? How are we going to punch above our weight? Or are you content for us to slip into League One/Two obscurity?
Jasper, just because nobody took a punt on Rodon or Roberts when we weren't running CAT1 does take away the possibility of a future star being pinched for peanuts in the future.imagine we unearth a Phil Foden and we are no longer Cat1.
It does seem though that you don't think that there is no added value in the additional quality and level of coaching exposure that academy players get in a Category One environment
It's hardly a strawman argument when you're clearly arguing that Cat 1 academies offer the same benefit as lower category academies