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#1 craig

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 11:56 AM

EVERTON FC have confirmed they are in talks with Kilmarnock over the transfer of 17-year-old striker Matthew Kennedy.

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But Killie boss Kenny Shiels has criticised the Blues for “pickling” the young winger’s mind.

The Toffees have made a £250,000 bid for the Scotland youth international, who has impressed in the SPL since making his debut as a 16-year-old.

But Shiels says: “The boy’s head has been pickled with talk of Everton. There are negotiations taking place at the top end of each club.

“I have spoken to Matty’s father and told him what I think is the best thing for his son’s career. A young lad’s career is the most important thing here, not finances.”

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shiels is not happy about this

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:06 PM

what chance have we got when we can hardly blood youngsters and they are being picked off?

Hope his dad gives him a good talking to and he stays at Killie, but looks as if he is away never to be heard of again

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 12:49 PM

i like kenny shiels.

dunno if the killie fans reckon he's doing a good job or not, but he says the things that all managers should be saying, without fear or favour.

i've never seen kennedy play, that i can recall... so i can't comment on him.

only thing i would say is that if he goes to everton he will get the help of an infrastructure well used to developing young talent. so it may not be a bad move. everton have developed a lot more international calibre players than kilmarnock have. it may not be a bad move.

what would you reckon about jack harper, chaps? 16 and being developed by real madrid (25 goals last season, from midfield). would he be better at killie? granted, in his position it might be hard for him to break into that first team, tough choice for mourinho... hmmm, harper or ronaldo...

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:08 PM

i like kenny shiels.

dunno if the killie fans reckon he's doing a good job or not, but he says the things that all managers should be saying, without fear or favour.

i've never seen kennedy play, that i can recall... so i can't comment on him.

only thing i would say is that if he goes to everton he will get the help of an infrastructure well used to developing young talent. so it may not be a bad move. everton have developed a lot more international calibre players than kilmarnock have. it may not be a bad move.

what would you reckon about jack harper, chaps? 16 and being developed by real madrid (25 goals last season, from midfield). would he be better at killie? granted, in his position it might be hard for him to break into that first team, tough choice for mourinho... hmmm, harper or ronaldo...

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if their good enough their time for a move will come. What is better - to be involved with 50 other wannabee football stars at Everton or learning his trade in the first team in the top flight of scottish football?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 01:18 PM

if their good enough their time for a move will come. What is better - to be involved with 50 other wannabee football stars at Everton or learning his trade in the first team in the top flight of scottish football?


well, to be honest, when you compare the standard of coaching, and facilities etc, it's hard to say. for all there might be 50 wannabes, there will also be a much larger number of specialised coaches at everton. i'd be surprised if the ratio of coaches to trainees wasn't considerably better at everton.

remember it's not just about individual talent... it's also about how best his club nurture that talent.

you'd have to say everton have been pretty successful at it.

plus, to be honest, i'm not convinced the SPL is the best place for a youngster to lear their trade. i wish it was, but evidence would suggest we are producing very few top talents. sad but, i fear, true.
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