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 Clarkeâ€™s first campaign as a manager helped by trawling the smaller clubs and Europe to find some of their star players.
â€śMcAuley was 33 on Wednesday but if you watch him week-in, week-out, you can see what he brings to the team,â€ť said Clarke.
â€śHeâ€™s a good, honest, old-fashioned centre-back.
â€śMcAuley has got a real hunger because he came into the game late and he has his chance at the top level late.
â€śIt gives hope to players in the lower leagues. Those that have been stuck down there for ages may think thereâ€™s not a way up, but there is. McAuley has shown you can do that.
â€śI 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.
â€śThereâ€™s not reluctance on the part of our club to take players like that but maybe there is from other clubs.
â€śSome 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.â€ť