Youth football expert slams 'poisonous' British media for treatment of young players

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

Kinetic Academy founder and youth football expert, Harry Hudson, has slated the British media for their treatment of young players.

The Sevenoaks FC manager has helped 62 players go from the streets to professional football contracts with the latest being central midfielder Josh Green who has joined Reading in the Championship.

But Hudson is not best pleased with the pressure that the media often puts on the hottest young talents in the Premier League who are still learning their trade while under the brightest lights in football.

“When you look at Tammy (Abraham) at Roma, they have some of the most intense fans in the world so I don’t think there is less pressure playing abroad,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids.

“We’ve had this with players who have been released from clubs before coming to us and then gone to a club in a higher league and I’ve had people from the original club call me asking whose fault it was that saw him released initially.

“They might just have needed that to kickstart their career or needed a change in environment but I do think there might be some elements of less pressure.

“But again when you look at the real success stories of people who have gone abroad they’ve all got incredibly passionate fans and are very well supported.

“So I don’t really know if the pressure is any less or different and I don’t read media in other countries but I do know that the media in the UK is incredibly poisonous for young players when they find an agenda and they go with it.”

Two Kinetic Academy graduates have made moves to the Premier League this summer with Joe Aribo at Southampton and Omar Richards at Nottingham Forest.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson has given a potential reason as to why Under-21 sides from the top flight have struggled to succeed in the Papa John’s Trophy.