>joining Milan later. He is more an Ajax product than a Milan product.
>BTW, Ajax has the ability to produce lots of players like that. Instead of
>Milan who only BUYS players.
What you are dealing with here, Henri and all the others who make a big
deal about how Ajax develops players, is a question of philosophy.
Ajax's philosophy is to sink a lot of money in their youth system (a lot
more than the other Dutch team, eh, lads?) and then to skim the cream
from this admittedly very efficient system. They then sell these players
to clubs like Milan or Inter or Barcelona and re-invest the money they
make in their youth system. The coaches, scouts, trainers, etc. in
the Ajax youth system don't work for free. Therefore, the Ajax youth
system needs $$$ to function.
Milan's philosophy is different. They feel they get more out of their
$$$ by buying established players rather than investing in a youth system.
Probably, given the greater numbers of good teams in the Italian League
than in the Dutch League, this is wise strategy because it would take
a proportionately greater share of the overall $$$ available in the
Italian League for young players for Milan
to corner the italian youth market the way Ajax has cornered the Dutch
(and Surinamese and Indonesian, right lads?) market. So Milan prefers to
invest their money in this fashion. Given their results OVER 5 DECADES
(!!!!!) I'm not going to argue against this philosophy.
So you see, you may like blue and I may like red, but you can't convince
me that blue is better than red and I can't convice you that red is better
than blue. This is a matter of esthetics, or if you let me stretch a bit,
So your pride in developing players is fine, but I have pride in Milan's
long, intelligent selection of outstanding foreign talent:
off the top of my head:
Jimmy Greaves (!!) 9 goals in 10 games in 1961 before deciding he didn't like
Marco Van Basten
It is no coincidence that Milan's worst international (and national) post-war
period coincided with the effects of Italy's closed frontiers to
foreigners from the mid-sixties to the early 80's. (Milan was still
a power in the late sixties and early seventies because foreign players
already in Italy could still play for italian teams - e.g. Schnellinger
and Hamrin. When the internal supply ran out, Milan's decline began:
No appearances in European finals from 1975 to 1987).
You see, Juventus and Inter (to a lesser
extent) have historically dominated the internal
italian market. Without foreign players, Milan was not able to compete
with those two teams.
With foreign players available and Milan's PHILOSOPHY of getting the
best available, Milan can compete with ANYONE. And their record shows it.
If you wish to stop A.C. Milan just do what Italy did in the mid-sixties.
Close the foreign transfer market (no longer possible, by the way, because
of EEC considerations). Since this is no longer possible, you are
"stuck" with a powerful A.C. Milan at least through the end of the century.