"If the European model is applied in England, it could be tested," Villas-Boas said. "The reserve team, for all the people who work hard, is not competitive.
"It serves the first team, but it doesn't serve the progression of talent coming through."
What about using a feeder club instead?
"It could be a solution," Villas-Boas said. "There is more of a cultural identity if it's called a B team. It's the same name, the same environment.
"If it's a feeder club, I couldn't call a player up to my first team until the transfer window opens.
"What happens in Barcelona B is a good model in terms of competitions."