A few days ago I listened to the excellent Swedish podcast 3-5-2 where Malmö FF: s assistant coach Andreas Georgsson was a guest.

An interesting interview, in my book, is about daring to go into the depths of a subject, although it may not be the most easily digested. Too often, it will just be superficial interviews, especially when football / soccer is the subject. The advantage of podcasts is that there is an opportunity for us listeners to hear a coach or player to speak to the point and develop their entire thinking. If it’s good interview questions, it’s usually good for quality, which the podcast leaders in 3-5-2 should have all the praise for in this matter.

One of the most interesting topics was the question about a player’s development. The interviewer spoke among other things about player loans, but Georgsson turned this question appropriately. Why would it not be more evolving to practice daily with high-caliber players in a high-level A team than being loaned to a club lower down in the league system?

Of course, one does not have to rule out the other, but it was still an interesting point that the good Georgsson shared. Young players today are often in a hurry to get into an A team. That is not always a good thing.

If they do not succeed, they look for an opportunity to go on a loan or being sold to get the chance to play. Not rarely is this player a person who has sprung through the academies throughout his / her career and when they get to know the real senior football they get frustrated because everything is not going on like before. Their first adversity.

Obviously, there is a limit for how long a player only should practive with an A-team before they actually get playing time, but as long as development goes right, that player will get the chance sooner or later. Undoubtedly, this is an interesting subject, because there seem to be few answers, although many sofa experts would like to make sure there are obvious ones.

Take Swedish Albin Ekdal as an example. He was 19 years old when Juventus bought him for the Brommapojkarna. It is easy to point out that the step was too big for him, especially when he only played three matches in the black and white dress, but Ekdal has in several interviews afterwards said it was a good career step. He was given the opportunity to move to a new country, learn a new language, train with some of the best players in the world on a daily basis and take responsibility for himself before finally moving on. Today, he is given in a Swedish national team, which this summer went to the quarter finals in the world cup and, in addition, lead to a move to Sampdoria. Quite OK, ey?

It was right for Ekdal, for others it may be right to stay, fight for a place in an A team and then take the next step. For others, it is going on a loan or moving on. But what is important to understand, as Georgsson himself says, is that this is a complex issue. There are no templates to go for that are easy to follow, but everything must be judged based on an overall perspective for each individual. What is right for a person is not necessarily right for another.

For young players it is important to have patience and to deal with people who can give wise advice. Not to do a career at the fastest possible time. Football is not a dog race, it’s a marathon.

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