Arsenal has secured the signing of German youth midfielder Georgios Spanoudakis from Barcelona. The 15 year old made his debut for the Under 18s on Tuesday.
The midfielder, who has a Greek heritage, was formally at German side Eintracht Frankfurt before he moved to Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy in 2009. His technical attributes as well as his passing ability have been widely acknowledged.
He joins the list of players that have made the swoop from Barcelona’s academy to London Colney, a list that includes the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral.
The fact that the conditions at La Masia is tailored towards educating players on the technical side of the game, means that players that comes from the Catalan club, comes with sound technical nous. With Arsenal’s continuous strategy of bringing in players when they are young to the club, the possibility that they could unearth another player in the mode of Cesc Fabregas cannot be far away.
As the club continues is transfer strategy of signing in players who would stand in good stead for the future, it is necessary that the needs of the present is not neglected. Although, the youth set up at the club is different from the first team, it’s on record that more players have been signed for the youth team than for the first team. Ordinarily, the youth team serves as the conveyor belt of talents for the first team, but with the prevailing culture of the cheque book manager, it is not always easy to balance out the two scenarios.
The early years at the Emirates was dominated by Arsene Wenger’s reliance on youth to the detriment of modicum experience. Although the words of Alan Hansen that you cannot win anything with youth did not hold sway at the time it was made, the statement adequately reflected Arsenal’s situation at the time, with inconsistencies and failings of youths reflected in poor and inconsistent results by the team.
In the end, it was when Arsene Wenger introduced a balance between youth and experience that the upturn of results started.
While the signing of Georgios Spanoudakis should be lauded, it should not miss the point that the condition of the club in the present is what would create the platform for a seamless transition in the future. This means the present success determine consistency of success in the future.