Youth development has taken a prominent role in modern football. Most clubs are no longer able to sign expensive players from other clubs and academies. Besides economic reasons (lower budgets) and FIFA regulations (Fair Play) more and more clubs see the value of a club vision regarding youth development, home grown talent and a regional identity. The best way of achieving this goal is to develop home grown talent and have these players make up an important part of the first team.
For quality youth development it is important to have a clear vision on football talent, talent identification and talent development. A club needs to know what to look for (talent ID) and what factors influence the development of a player (talent development). There is no absolute answer to this as this depends for a large part on the vision of a club. Some clubs might value physical attributes, others might value technical skills.
Looking at the various clubs, it is apparent that all clubs have a different view on talent but the bigger picture is missing. To fill this need the Potential to Performance Model © was created. We do not pretend to have the ideal talent id and talent development model, but it can be implemented as a starting point. It gives clubs the opportunity to use the model based on their own vision and structure while being aware of all different other aspects that play a role in talent ID and talent development.