West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke says Premier League clubs should be focusing on lower division talent.
The Baggies have made a record-breaking start in Clarke‚Äôs first campaign as a manager helped by trawling the smaller clubs and Europe to find some of their star players.
‚ÄúMcAuley was 33 on Wednesday but if you watch him week-in, week-out, you can see what he brings to the team,‚ÄĚ said Clarke.
‚ÄúHe‚Äôs a good, honest, old-fashioned centre-back.
‚ÄúMcAuley has got a real hunger because he came into the game late and he has his chance at the top level late.
‚ÄúIt gives hope to players in the lower leagues. Those that have been stuck down there for ages may think there‚Äôs not a way up, but there is. McAuley has shown you can do that.
‚ÄúI am surprised he stayed under the radar for so long when you see how well he has done and how well he has acquitted himself in the Premier League.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs not reluctance on the part of our club to take players like that but maybe there is from other clubs.
‚ÄúSome of the bigger clubs look elsewhere for their talent, but it is possible they are missing out on a good find from the lower leagues.‚ÄĚ