Should Liverpool prospect Yan Dhanda's comments give West Brom cause for concern?

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Yan Dhanda believes the key difference between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion's way of training young talent is that the Reds focus on the long-term.

Liverpool youngster Yan Dhanda believes the West Bromwich Albion youth system is more focused around winning tournaments than it is developing young players to go on and become first team footballers. 

The 15-year-old, who has earned the reputation as one of the best young players coming through the ranks at Liverpool, started his footballing education at West Brom but decided to move to Merseyside in 2013. 

The loss of the youngster, much like Isaiah Brown to Chelsea, will be a bitter pill to swallow for the supporters of the West Midlands club, but can they do anything differently? 

When asked during an interview what the main differences are between the West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool academy, the young attacking midfielder gave a stark answer. 

''Both academies are great, but for me personally, Liverpool has been fantastic,'' Dhanda told Bleacher Report. 

''The coaches really work with you to develop you here, and the environment is all geared towards supporting players on an individual basis. 

''In my opinion, at West Brom, a lot of emphasis was around winning tournaments, but at Liverpool, it's about producing players who would be good enough for the first team.'' 

The whole point of an academy, in an ideal world, is to progress young players on enough to then become future first team prospects - not to accumulate awards at youth team level. 

However, Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson, who both feature regularly in Alan Irvine's side, have both been promoted through the academy recently and have made an impact in the Premier League, so it's not like the Black Country-based club aren't producing anything at all. Nevertheless, should it be something for the Baggies coaching staff to consider?

Although the term 'if it isn't broke, don't fix it' can be applied, should West Brom look to change their emphasis on young players towards something similar to what Dhanda described?

If nothing else, it could help convince players who are thinking of leaving to better their chances of progressing into first team football to think twice before heading for the exit. 

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