Manchester United and Chelsea clubs to avoid for youngsters, says former Premier League ace Jenas

Jermaine Jenas

Jermaine Jenas has warned youngsters against moves to Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United.

Writing in his column for Yahoo, Jermaine Jenas says the likes of Aston Villa, West Ham and Tottenham are all good clubs for young talents to develop at.

The Hammers in particular have shown their desire to give youngsters a chance already this season, with 16-year-old Reece Oxford having been handed his Premier League debut against Arsenal.

Tottenham are well known for their youth development of late as well, with Harry Kane chief among them, while Aston Villa have given opportunities to youngsters such as Jack Grealish while Tim Sherwood has been in charge. 

Southampton are now world renowned for their youth set up, with a number of youngsters having made the move to big clubs over the last few years, with several such as James Ward Prowse now regulars in the Saints first team squad. 

And Jenas says they are all good places for young players to head to, while Arsenal are an obvious choice given their history of youth development under Arsene Wenger. 

“West Ham and Spurs are two of a few clubs that are more attractive to young players,” he wrote in his Yahoo column.

“Southampton, Swansea and Tim Sherwood at Villa also appreciate young talent, and then there's Arsenal. Arsene Wenger is the guru of building players' careers, a lot of young players want to go to the Emirates because it almost guarantees you a career.”

Bar Arsenal, top clubs not a good move for youngsters

Conversely, Jenas says moving to clubs at the top of the table is not a good choice for young players to make.

This summer has seen Raheem Sterling make his big move from Liverpool to Manchester City, with many suggesting his career may not take a negative turn as game time is not guaranteed at the Eithad.

Similarly, Chelsea have been keen to add another young English talent to their ranks, with Everton having rejected several bids from Jose Mourinho’s side for defender John Stones.

And Jenas says if he was 18, he would avoid the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United as they are not prepared to take a risk on youngsters.

“I was in the same position now as I was at 18, there are other clubs I would definitely avoid,” he added.

“As well as Chelsea, I'd steer clear of Manchester City and Manchester United because they're just not prepared to take a risk on a young kid at the moment. The amount of money they spend means you could go missing.”

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