With the imminent signing of the 23y/o Pukki I can't help but think of the plight of Tony Watt. A player that burst onto the scene but who will shortly find himself 4/5 in the pecking order, farmed out and potentially, eventually sold on. The question I ask myself is: was the 19 y/o Pukki a better player than the 19 y/o Watt? My feeling is no, the difference is Pukki was given meaningful game time at HJK, played consistently and eventually showed enough to be bought up by Shalke and has now come to our attention. Part of me wants the purchase of Pukki to go through but what I would really like is for Watt to be given a consistent opportunity through the middle (I.e 10 straight games). I doubt he will ever get this and I expect he will eventually move on as so many of our young prospects have. At clubs like ajax, youth development is everything and a conveyor belt of talent continues to flow through their first 11 (eriksson the most recent with Fischer primed to fill his boots). For me our priorities with regards to youth development are stunted by the expectations of the support in demanding instant success and therefore our young protégés very rarely become a mainstay in our first team.