All of a sudden Hulk is overrated? His move to Russia was a poor choice, that's for sure, but he's still a great player.
Taken from another forum...
Ajax Starting XI:
Vermeer - youth product
Van Rhijn - youth product
Alderweireld - youth product
Moisander - 2.5m
Blind - youth product
Eriksen - 1m
Poulsen - free
Schone - free
Sana - 250k
De Jong - youth product
Babel - free (originally a youth product)
Total starting eleven cost = 3.75 million.
Moisander is technically home grown too, he was at Ajax from 2003 to 2006 during his younger years, then they sold him and have now bought him back. Eriksen has been at Ajax since 17, so the way he plays now is also a product of Ajax's academy, his first year he mostly played in the u21's, but yeah, not fully home grown. Yesterday was a victory for football
Originally Posted by DoubleDeckerBar
What? Aren't they made up of Brazilians? I don't think Brazilians go through the Ukrainian youth system...
They may buy them young and cheap, they certainly didn't go through their academy though.
Exactly, Shakthar has been doing so well last few years because they are rich, and use this money to buy South Americans "cheap" to build up the team. It's not a nice strategy because Brazilians in Ukraine is such an odd combination, but you have to give them props for an outstanding scouting system.
its not like the madrid starting 11 is any cheaper than city's, and they got battered by one of the best academies on earth
as did chelsea with shakhtar
and barca's academy beat the celtic bought players
Barca has the best academy in the world followed by Ajax, but let's not forget the amount of money they have spent on the likes of Alba, Song, Villa, Sanchez etc to strengthen their team.