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Youth Players and Training.

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I have often wondered, and was hoping to gauge opinion from others as to the best way to train youngsters. By that i mean does it matter whether a 15 year old is trained in an individual role and then specific attributes trained after or train a youngster in a specific attribute that looks particularly low for his role first before putting him on a individual training role?

For example, playing as Chelsea, start of season 2. I have two youngsters from the academy i have pinpointed as having the potential to make it to the first team within three years. The two players are:

Jeremie Boga

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I have looked closely at his stats and have decided that i want him to be my Advanced Playmaker, initially i set him on specific attributes such as 'technique', 'off the ball', 'dribbling' and by the end of the first season he was considered by my staff as one of three players who had grown enormously over the season in training terms. I have now put him on a advanced playmaker regime and see if there is an even bigger rise in his attributes as i look to bleed him in to the first team on a more regular basis this season.

Charley Musonda

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Musonda is someone i want to train up as a box to box midfielder, initially had him trained by Frank Lampard and now he is being trained by Ramires. I had him on specific attributes 'off the ball', 'passing', 'marking', each for three months but have now converted to an individual role of box to box midfielder.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, i much prefer to train up decent potential rather than buying ready made players. Much more enjoyment.

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My approach is that if the youngster is abit of blank canvas (plenty of room to grow, no specific attributes stand out) I would put him on the role training that would train up as many attributes as possible then switching to the role I eventually want him to command in my team. Like Jeremie Boga, he can play on the flanks or down the middle, but he is lacking in abit of pace so maybe train him as a Winger to get his speed up abit so he can be more valuable to you should you need him to cover out wide. When you feel happy with his Pace you then switch it out and put him in Advanced Playmaker to increase his Passing, Creativty etc.

Musonda is the other end of the spectrum, he clearly specialises in speed but lacks the Stamina to keep going for 90 minutes. If you want him to play as a BBM, he'll need some defensive skills to go with it as well. I would suggest you put the lad on Half Back training to get his defensive skills up, it trains Passing as well as Stamina so yeah, makes Musonda a much more rounded player rather than a one-trick pony who can't keep doing that trick for 90 minutes.

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If you want speed trained, just train quickness. No sense gaining all the crossing etc that goes with the Winger role.

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If i have good potential players i will always look at their weaknesses and look to build them up a bit first (if they're low they improve pretty quickly) and then once i'm happy with that i will put him on individual role training for where i want him to play in my team and then later on when closer to first team if i believe there is a specific attribute which can take him on to the next level i will train him on that

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Youth players and training - update

Musonda

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As you can see with Musonda, slight progress having him trained on Half back, given him more games this season, including final minutes in the Champions League, he is rated 5* by my scouts so hopefully still plenty of room for improvement. Trained by Lampard and Ramires thus far.

Boga

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Boga has virtually gone up 1 point in every stat in just 10 months, some have grown two points. His 4.5* potential means he still has plenty of room to grow. Been training on AP and will continue this for the remainder of the season before re-evaluating him in the close season.

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