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Re: 2012-13 English Premier League/Cups Thread (feat. Joel - THE RIGHT ONE)
Balance is the key. There's nothing wrong with constantly looking to your youth as the future and blooding them into the team, especially if you're a smaller club who has to make do with what's given to them. Ferguson generally has a good mind for how to bring youth players through though. As Andre says having someone like Van Persie allows the likes of Welbeck and Hernandez to get game time whilst still having the likes of Van Persie and Rooney as people the fans will expect regular goals from. Having players like Ronaldo, Evans, Rafael, Jones mixed in with experienced professionals like Van Der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand, Scholes, Giggs, Carrick allows them to get game time and learn from the experienced players whilst also having less pressure and expectation to deliver instantly when they're surrounded by already developed and top draw players who bear a greater sense of pressure from the fans and media alike.
I agree De Gea has his faults and I don't think anyone could reasonably argue that he doesn't possess weaknesses which will constantly leave you fretting from time to time. Anark and Vader make good points about being a goalkeeper and having these issues is different than say a promising winger, especially as a keeper really needs to be your last line of defence and can un-do the good work of a defence if his positioning and handling of set pieces is a recurring problem. That being said, Seabs' point about Evans is a good example. De Gea shows promise and potential and whilst it'll be a recurring issue of the odd mistake, he'll only develop and adjust to improving his game by being exposed to teams who'll look to exploit his troubled areas. Its tough for him because he doesn't have the benefit of having a more experienced/secure alternative, so its a case for him where long term potential can only be discussed so many times after a mistake, compared to someone like Jones who could have a bad game and have the likes of Rafael, Scholes, Cleverley or Carrick to replace him and allow him to not be exposed and severly scrutinised by the media. It is a gamble with placing such responsibility on De Gea, but sometimes in football taking that gamble that could come back to bite you is what can motivate and develop a long term investment that pays dividends.