We have a long and strong history of producing and developing young players at the club so much so that it has become somewhat of a culture.
This season two more graduates have made it through to the first team, and Academy overseer Brian McClair has hailed this ‘culture’ that has provided us with Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley amongst others.
Speaking with the BBC, Choccy said,
“I suppose we are in an advantageous position here where we have a culture that we are prepared to wait.
“We have kids that have become adults within the club like Danny Welbeck.
“He first came through the doors when he was seven years of age and he’s now 21, so that’s a 14-year plan and even then he’s got a long way to go in terms of establishing himself.
“Then there is Tom Cleverley. At 16 we didn’t offer him a job and we told him to stay at school and come in as much as he could.
“We’ve had the benefit of being patient about that situation.”