Kieran Trippier is a product of the Manchester City academy system, but he realised at a young age that he was never going to get regular playing time at the reigning Premier League champions.
Greater emphasis is being placed on the production of home-grown talent, but millions have also been spent on assembling a squad brimming with world-class talent.
Fierce competition for places at the Etihad Stadium means youngsters often have to look elsewhere for game time.
Trippier was able to find that at Burnley, ahead of a permanent switch, and now finds himself competing in the top-flight.
He acknowledges that he is one of the fortunate ones, with a number of those he grew up with at City having seen careers of great promise deliver very little.
The flying full-back said in the Daily Star: "I know so many lads back there who haven't made it but who were very good players. Some have floated out of the game and ended up working on building sites.
"It is always going to be difficult for youngsters at City because of the finance.
"There were so many good players when I was there. Someone like Vladimir Weiss is in Qatar while others are in the Bundesliga and even Greece.
"For me, personally, I just never thought I was going to get a chance. I've not been back since I left so it will be a great day but with absolutely no regrets."
Trippier left City for Burnley in 2012 having previously spent time on loan at Barnsley and Turf Moor.
He has gone on to become an England U21 international and a player regularly linked with a move to the Premier League before the Clarets secured promotion in 2013/14.
His grounding at City has undoubtedly served him well, but he is right to point out that more players have to be prepared to look elsewhere once it becomes clear that their personal ambitions cannot be fulfilled at a big-spending outfit.