One thing I want to keep a focus on this year is youth development. At sporting we have 3 youth teams (B, U23, U19)

When I took over the first thing I did was appoint a manager for the B side that would play the 343 formation. To ensure we had this same formation throughout the club.

We employed Mexican former Real Madrid U19 performance analyst for his first management role. He favours the 5-2-3DM Wide we play so felt like a good fit.

It paid off as he lead the B team to promotion so next season they will be playing at a higher level (1 division below me) So this provides my youth players with a much better standard of football to help them develop.

Three players stood out and have been promoted to the senior team, they will be a bigger part next season but this season they’ve made a few sub appearances.
First up is winger Moreira, Then we have striker Ribeiro and Then wing back Barroso.

We have had our first intake and these are the players that made the cut. I want to make sure we’re only offering contracts to players that we feel can develop to first team players so we’re not blocking anyone’s pathway.

This was just a quick catch up with the progress of the youth. It’s only been one season so we’ve not had a lot of movement yet but the promotion is a great step. Keeping them up and developing more players will be a big thing for next season. I’ll provide another update in the future.


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