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Crewe chief Gradi: Tough for Premier League clubs to play kids

Crewe Alexandra coaching legend Dario Gradi says it's difficult for Premier League managers to blood their kids.

Gradi believes it's more difficult for clubs to take a risk on bright young English players because the standard of the Premier League has improved tremendously since its inception in 1992.

"If you look at the David BeckhamManchester United era - that team is probably not as good as the one now," he told the Sunday Express. "Would Sir Alex Ferguson have put in six or seven of his kids now like he did then?

"We fielded a team completely made up of academy-raised players at Crewe last season. Of course, that would be great to see in the Premier League but it won't happen.

"I'm going into the commission with an open mind. If they ask me how do you go about producing skilful players, I know what to say. I've been there and done it."

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