If we are to produce top talent We must expect that top clubs will become interested. Looking at our poor production rate situations like this are relatively new to us and if We don't want to suffer another "George Hirst" scenarios We must to show certain level of ambition and commit to the player we are apparently holding in high regard. First of all We can't treat him as the best of our youngsters, but as a future first team player.
We can talk about loyalty all We want, but clubs like West Ham can offer him 10 times what We usually offer to our U-18 players and better opportunity to develop through working with better coaches, at better facilities and among better players. It would be insane for any youngster to turn down such opportunity to solve most of his financial troubles and get very little in return.
For talents like him door to the first team must be wide open. Not because they will improve us, but because it is our best bargaining tool and because it should aid and quicken their development.
Likes of Jack Hall, Rio Shipston and Cadamarteri shouldn't be playing U-18 football next season, but getting mixed with the first team squad, playing for our Development side and getting some playing time at first team level when appropriate.
We can't keep doing like We did in the past and keep making some mistakes, it could cost us fortune.