Bournemouth defend academy after sensational reveal

Millwall v AFC Bournemouth - Sky Bet Football League ChampionshipA report circulating the Transfer Tavern today has revealed that Bournemouth have responded to accusations that their club is not developing younger players.

BBC sport revealed that Bournemouth have defended their academy set-up after a study found that they had no “club-trained” players.

The research was carried out across the Premier League and the results showed that none of Eddie Howe’s squad had spent at least three seasons at the club between the ages of 15 to 21.

The CIES Football Observatory  study found the percentage of club-trained players in Premier League squads has reached a new low. Only 11.7% of top-flight players graduated from their club’s academy, which is down from 13.8% last year.

Bournemouth academy director, Joe Roach, responded to the report and defended the academy set-up. He said:

“I think we’re moving forward at the right pace at the moment. I’m pleased, at this stage of a Premier League season, we’ve had academy lads involved in League Cup games and who’ve travelled with the first-team on away Premier League games.”

“That’s given them the opportunity to see what goes on inside the team and hopefully in training they up their levels to compete with what’s required.”

It must be remembered as well that Bournemouth gave opportunities to Danny Ings and Sam Vokes, handing senior debuts to them at the ages of 18 and 17 respectively, two players who have undoubtedly done well for themselves.

It’s been a long lasting debate for a while that English players are not dominating English football with the majority of the Premier League performers coming from abroad. With the percentage increasing from last year, now might be the time to bring more focus to football academies.

Bournemouth fans, is your academy developing good players for your club? Let us know in the comments below!

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