Moyes hopes youth record can attract talent to Sunderland
Nov 15, 2016 – 12:35 PM
David Moyes, Scottish football coach from Sunderland. (AFP / SCOTT HEPPELL / File photo)
Sunderland manager David Moyes hopes his drive to give youngsters a chance in his first team will attract some of the game’s best young talent to the Premier League club’s academy.
In an effort to inject energy into his aging squad, Moyes has fielded 10 U23 players in his first team this season, including defenders Paddy McNair, Donald Love and Jason Denayer, and midfielders Didier. Ndong and Adnan Januzaj.
“Everton had an academy which produced young players, Manchester United had an academy which produced young players and Sunderland had an academy which produced young players,” Moyes told British media, referring to his two previous English clubs.
Sunderland academy has produced several Premier League players in recent years, including goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, winger Duncan Watmore and midfielder Lynden Gooch as well as Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson.
“I want this to inspire young players to think: ‘If I go to Sunderland the manager could put me in the squad there. Maybe it’s better than going to one of the big clubs where maybe the manager won’t put me in the squad. ‘”Added Moyes.
“We will have to use this as a motivation for parents and young players to say ‘Come to Sunderland’.”
Sunderland, who are at the bottom of the league, will look to win back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they host third-last Hull City on Saturday.