Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
Junio, 09 2018

Academy talents have gone straight into the first team

27% of the first-team squad have moved organically through the club’s ranks

It isn’t an easy task to play at the top level at a club that asks as much as Valencia CF, but the facts speak for themselves. Currently, six academy graduates are a part of the first-team squad having made the step straight up from the club’s B team.

Gayà is the example to follow, having played in 146 official games at the mere age of 23, with Jaume Doménech, Carlos Soler, Toni Lato, Nacho Vidal and Ferran Torres having come into the fold too. Javi Jimenez has been knocking on the door this season, but still needs to make an appearance in an official game. Marcelino likes to work with young players and the VCF academy is one of the key pillars of the project moving forward.

From the four Spanish clubs that will be going into next season’s Champions League alongside Valencia CF, none of the other three can beat VCF in terms of players that go straight into the first team from the club’s academy. FC Barcelona currently have four (Iniesta, Messi, Busquets and Sergi Roberto); Atlético have five and Real Madrid have two: Nacho and Achraf. As highlighted by Rubén Uría, “there are a lot of home-grown players that understand what the club colours mean, this is very important.” The VCF Academy is a huge part of the club’s philosophy.

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