Its a VERY fine line between being a good player and a great player and to make it at a big club like ours you have to fall into the great category, otherwise you'll end up at Crewe, Wrexham or if your lucky, Bolton!
The fine line is how dedicated you are, and you have to be very dedicated and when your 18,19,20 years old its a BIG sacrifice to eat well, sleep well don't go out with all your mates to the pub (coz at the end of the day they're not famous, yet, so they won't be recognised - or not by people normal folk, only by die hards and worse of all, kit men, physios, Stewards, staff etc.) and that's where alot of these young 'Great white hope's' go wrong. and who could blame them I know when I was 18, 19 20 the last thing I wanted to do on a Friday night was stay in and watch tele whilst my mates all were down the boozer.
Ok you'll get a 'exception to the rule' Stevie, Carra but, they're once ever 5 or 6 years one top player comes through. Whilst we have a number of promising youngsters on our books at the mo not all will make it, the ones with the best chance are possibly the foreign youngsters as they haven't got their mates over here egging them on to come out.
that's why you'll find alot of the young local talent will go to waste, it's a shame but, thats life. try telling a 19 yr old he's better off staying in and concentrating on his football rather than going out on the lash and 9 out of 10 times you'll get the same answer. But, it's that 1 player out of the 10 that makes it all worth while, you can bet your life Stevie G didn't go out on the lash at 19 and now he's reaping the rewards but, at 18 or 19 those rewards seem along way-a-way