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It was mentioned a while ago on the main site but Ruben Shakpoke, a 16 year old striker from our academy, seems to be close to joining Villa.

He seems to be a bright prospect, having once scored 11 goals in a game and representing England at u15 level.

It must be frustrating for the club, considering our business model is based on developing youth players. It is similar to Wolves nicking Benny Ashley-Seal a couple of years ago. Will we get any compensation?

Considering that we have just spent 5 million on the academy infrastructure and have a clear pathway to the first team, it's difficult to understand why these kids are so keen to leave and what more we can do to keep them. Money? It'd be great to hear Webber's thoughts on this.

https://www.pinkun.com/norwich-city/shakpoke-set-to-join-aston-villa-from-norwich-city-1-6773701

https://en.africatopsports.com/2020/08/27/ruben-shakpoke-nigeria-promising-striker-departing-norwich-city/

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3 hours ago, Yellow and Green said:

It was mentioned a while ago on the main site but Ruben Shakpoke, a 16 year old striker from our academy, seems to be close to joining Villa.

He seems to be a bright prospect, having once scored 11 goals in a game and representing England at u15 level.

It must be frustrating for the club, considering our business model is based on developing youth players. It is similar to Wolves nicking Benny Ashley-Seal a couple of years ago. Will we get any compensation?

Considering that we have just spent 5 million on the academy infrastructure and have a clear pathway to the first team, it's difficult to understand why these kids are so keen to leave and what more we can do to keep them. Money? It'd be great to hear Webber's thoughts on this.

https://www.pinkun.com/norwich-city/shakpoke-set-to-join-aston-villa-from-norwich-city-1-6773701

https://en.africatopsports.com/2020/08/27/ruben-shakpoke-nigeria-promising-striker-departing-norwich-city/

Villa are a bigger club than Norwich. He’s got a while to wait, if they are integrating youth now. As Louie Barry will be the next striker through for them.

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It's just the way it is, we've 'nicked' players from other clubs academies (like Adshead) and we've lost playes to other clubs academies.

 

 

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Who knows. Young players might be unhappy, have personality clashes with other youngsters or coaching staff, think they will get better opportunities elsewhere, might have friends at other clubs, be offered more money, have their heads turned, or just the kind of people who can't settle anywhere.  Or it could just be a case of the grass is always greener elsewhere. 

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Does seem a bit of a strange one, as we've shown there is a clear route to the first team under our current strategy and structure, we are highly focused on our academy and developing youth, so I find it unlikely that this is the reason for a young player wanting to leave.

There's obviously some other reason as to why he feels Villa are a better fit for him at this point, and that's up to him, and unless someone has genuine info as to why he wants to, then meaningless speculation will acheive nothing.

Benny Ashley-Seal thought the grass was greener at Wolves, but so far he's made zero impact and spent the past 2 years being loaned out, maybe it will work out for him long-term, but at present it could potentially have been him on the bench instead of Idah, so I wonder if he has any second thoughts, or if Shakpoke will either.

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36 minutes ago, Foxy2600 said:

Confused??? Is he Nigerian (not home grown) or English ......

You can be Nigerian and count as home grown. It is not where you are born that counts towards being classed as homegrown or not. Krul is homegrown.

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