Bearing in mind McCarthy's best signings have been those with proven Championship and Premiership pedigree (Berra, Anderson, Tabb, Skuse, McGoldrick and Murphy) it does give you some idea of how poor our recruitment has been this summer.
Seems so early to be writing off a 1st year pro, someone who is 18 months younger than the great hope Jack Marriott who has 35 minutes of first team football in 2 dead rubbers under his belt.
In fact out of the current 1st year pros/3rd year scholars it is only Ted Bishop and Joe Robinson that are younger than him- had Byron played for the development team yesterday he'd have been the 3rd youngest player in the side.
We are letting go probably the best technical player in the academy here, and one whos crossing is brilliant in the role out wide he has been forced across to.
Shameful really, he'll achieve more in English football than Kevin Bru who will be gone this time next year.
Elliott Hewitt with the goal from a Bajner cross, 1st half wasn't a great affair and not much happened but ITFC upped tempo after half time and just about deserved the win.
A bit disappointing that a team with 5 first teamers didn't impose themselves more on the game and it was yet again left to the 2 shining lights of Bishop and Clarke to shine.
Bajner still needs to do more for me, he switches off all the time and it was only when Mick was barking at him to close down that he did it effectively, too dopey? Some nice touches but not good enough in the air, did better though than previously which is a good sign.
Henshall was given a dressing down for 'fannying around' on at least 2 occassions also.
These guys are trying to put together the biggest and most accurate youth football site on the net as a wiki.
It's mostly focussed on Category 1, but I've updated all the details for ITFC on there, including a page for each player. Still basic and mostly just stats and contract info but will obviously be added to over time.
One thing that leapt out at me when I was doing the stats from what I've collected over the last few years is that George Fowler ( http://youthhawk.co.uk/wiki/George_Fowler ) has already started 28 games for the U18s and 4 for the U21s despite only having starting his scholarship this summer.
And that is probably less than he's played as some away games had no teams over the last couple of years so invariably some have been missed.
While Pulis did a fantastic job last year, I can see why Palace wouldn't want to back him too heavily in the transfer market when you look at his signings and how much they actually even played for him.