Not enough work has been done on this front. We should’ve been all over a talent like Dembele but we were not, nor have we been fast enough to poach on any of this wave of talent from France, which is a genuine, fair critique. We are like Barça with the young talent in Spain–too late, and empty handed.
There is no excuse for the lack of young strikers we have bought over the years in trying to fill that position, nor CMs. We have had a crisis at the positions of the 6 and 8 for years now and Bielik is the only signing we have made there, and he turned out to be a CB. We had one summer where we sought to make a concerted effort on the youth side in signing Jeff, Fortune, Malen, Dragomir, etc., but since then nothing. Youth signings and finding young players has to be a consistent, concerted effort, not just a one summer fling in reaction to terrible results that season at youth level, or else it doesn’t work. As it is it’s unlikely we’ll see any first-team benefits from that group, which isn’t surprising, as this is the very reason you can’t just be doing this like that in a reactionary effort, and have to be consistent in your efforts.
Speaking of Jeff, I see we even failed to get him a loan. Not only is our youth recruitment policy incredibly patchy at the moment, our development, especially re: securing loans, would seem to be rather weak as well, just look at the half season wasted last season for Zelalem, Bielik, etc. when we bafflingly decided not to loan out practically anyone.