The first stage of the 2020 Chinese Super League has all ended, and Luneng advanced to the second stage of the Suzhou Division with a third place in the Dalian Division. This season, the team's teenager Duan Liuyu is still firmly on the team's U23 main force, and Guo Tianyu has gradually gained a foothold in the team, which is the team's biggest gain so far this season. But for many people, Luneng is still too conservative in the use of U23 players.
This is also a phenomenon that must be admitted. Except for Duan Liuyu and Guo Tianyu, all other Luneng U23 players this season have actually failed to get enough playing time. Zhao Jianfei only played off the bench in two games. Although Liu Chaoyang has played five times, the total playing time is actually not that much. The rest of the players got a certain amount of playing time in the FA Cup against the Dalianers. . In contrast, the Dalian opponent in that game was obviously more bold in the use of young players.
However, starting with Liu Junshuai in the 2017 season, Luneng actually has a young player who can emerge every year, and after that, he can stably appear in the team's regular lineup. We cannot say that Luneng's use of young players and Cultivation is completely wrong. Many times we actually ignore the fact that the first team's priority is to win the game as much as possible, rather than to train young players. If young players want to get enough playing opportunities in the first team, they first need to have excellent strength.
For example, if Luneng youth players Yi Xianlong and Fang Hao, who have performed very well in the Chinese League, if they play for the first team of Luneng this season, we can basically assume that it is difficult for them to get a chance to play. This is not to say that the players are not strong, but in the same position, Luneng has Wu Xinghan and Liu Binbin, two outstanding players, and even Liu Yang can play the left midfielder position. These players have experienced long-term professional leagues. Experience, young players want to shake their position is obviously not realistic. Let's assume that on the one hand, there are mature players who have played in professional leagues for many years, and on the other hand, there are young people who have not had much experience in professional leagues. If you were a coach, who would you choose to play? If the young players fail to show extreme strength, it is reasonable that the coach prefers to use the old players in the game.
What is the gap between young players and mature professional players? We have seen the Luneng football school team compete with the professional teams in the second class before. After a few games, we still have a certain understanding of this issue. First of all, the difference in physical fitness is naturally to be mentioned. After all, not every young player is as physically gifted as Guo Tianyu; in addition, young players have many aspects such as the reading of the game, the rationality of handling the ball, and rhythm control. Not a small gap. This is true at the level of the Chinese Super League, and even more so when facing the top players in the same position in China at the level of the Super League.
There have actually been two large-scale use of young players in Luneng's history, one was Nepo in the 2003 season, and the other was Tenkat in the 2012 season. The endings of these two were not satisfactory. One of the more interesting of these is Tencart's 2012 season. Although the team played passionately on the scene, in fact, due to the lack of experience of the young players in the game, the results are often not very satisfactory. Later, Tencart actually started to re-enable the team's veterans and used the central axis to reinforce the team's strength. In the professional league, if you want to blow the youth storm, you still have to do what you can.
We often see that in the European professional leagues, many clubs even send young players to play in some important matches. On the one hand, these teams have sufficient strength to provide young players with space. On the other hand, these young players have actually experienced low-level professional league or loan experience before. It is the growth of these experiences that can make them possess. In order to match the strength of the first team and get the chance to play. However, currently in China, our youth training team cannot participate in professional leagues. The upcoming China Second League National Youth U19 will participate. Regardless of our attitude towards this matter, this will indeed bring great help to the players in the transition to the first team. Luneng actually had a certain understanding of this a long time ago, and because of this, young players have been loaned to various professional leagues and even overseas leagues. This is also very important for Luneng in the process of young player training. One ring. Like Duan Liuyu, he had been training and competing in Brazil before entering the Luneng first team (including when he returned to China to participate in the Olympic trials, the team also had experience in overseas training and participating in high-quality competitions), and Guo Tianyu was on loan last season When they arrived in Wuhan, these experiences brought them considerable growth.
For Luneng, in fact, the team's achievements in training young players in recent years can also be seen. It is undeniable that the training of Yao Junsheng in the 2018 season is an unsuccessful example of this. At that time, the team gave Yao Junsheng too many tasks in the midfield but failed to consider that his physical confrontation was actually difficult to bear these responsibilities. As a result, Yao Junsheng's performance in the 2018 season was not very satisfactory. In the 2019 season, Li Xiaopeng’s mission to Duan Liuyu is more to send a threatening pass to maximize his strengths. As Duan Liuyu gradually grows this season, Li Xiaopeng also began to give Duan Liuyu more responsibility in the team and let him start. Responsible for the offensive and defensive conversion of the series team. This kind of step-by-step training is actually more beneficial to the development of players.
But at the same time, there are still some young players that make us feel a bit pity. For example, Liu Chaoyang actually performed very well during his stay abroad, but the first team currently has not many opportunities. However, after several appearances this season, it can be seen that Liu Chaoyang wants to express himself and the team as a whole is not enough on the one hand. On the other hand, he has not completely let go of his mentality. The current performance is actually There are also restrictions.
Whether for Luneng or these young players, how to better train and develop better actually still requires a lot of energy to continue to explore. For Luneng itself, no matter how to provide players with better leveling opportunities, how to design better positioning and development plans for the players in the first team, it needs to be strengthened urgently; for players, how to make themselves closer The first team's appearance and even the ability to stand on, this is what they need to understand.