McCarthy on Crystal Palace's chances of attracting academy-youths

Thu 28 January 2021 | 16:54

The academy head-coach insists that the new redevelopments in the club’s academy could keep their youths within their reach.


Crystal Palace

captain and current club’s academy manager, Paddy McCarthy, believes the senior squad could attract their academy youths considering their recent club improvements.

The Eagles, who have seen great talents like

Jadon Sancho


Callum Hudson-Odoi

, and

Emile Smith Rowe

emerge from their academy, will no longer have to lose their prodigies to other Premier League clubs thanks to their new positive alternations, reveals McCarthy.

McCarthy told the PA news agency:

“We have a great recruitment area in south east London and within the M25. It is a hotbed of talent!”

“And we now have a facility which is in the process of being up there with the best, a games programme in line with the best and we also have a pathway I would argue is probably better than others when you look at our history of getting players from the academy all the way through to the first-team.”

“It has been shown even in the Premier League in recent years with Brandon Pierrick given an opportunity and John-Kymani Gordon has been given a little taste of it.”

“Tyrick Mitchell is playing and excelling. I think the pathway has always been there at this football club and to now align that with the facilities and Category One status gives us a real advantage of attracting the best young talent around south east London.”

Crystal Palace’s new club additions will include 14 dressing rooms, a new gym and sports science facility, four classrooms, and various new 3G pitches.

“Our boys have stood up to that which is exciting for us and they are also seeing the progress when we are on the training pitch every day,”

McCarthy said.

“The Dome is going up, the offices are being built and every time we get into the changing rooms it feels like there is something new, so there is a real sense of excitement and people want to be a part of that. They can see the direction the club is going in.”

McCarthy continued on the first-team’s head-coach, Roy Hodgson, and his role in their improvements, adding:

“Once you get up there then it is up to you as a player to sustain the standards and go and grasp the opportunity and that is obviously something Tyrick has done.”

“Roy is always in and around the under-23 games and in constant dialogue with staff.”

“He takes a keen interest in the young players and any time we cross paths he always has a good knowledge of what is going on with this next group of under-18s.”

“It is all entwined and the proof is in the pudding at this football club that if you are good enough, you will get your opportunities.”

“I don’t think anybody can deny the facilities were challenging. But when I first came into the academy, I was well aware of where the club had come from,”

he added.

“2010 in administration the club nearly went under so I am aware of that recent history and it was fully understandable we were at the beginning of a process. Three years after administration we got in the Premier League, then we established ourselves and on the back of that now the academy can grow.”

“But even when we go into this shining new environment, I think it is important we remember our roots and what makes this a special football club.”



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