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Jamie Vardy proves non-league players are worth the gamble

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Leicester City hotshot Jamie Vardy has claimed top clubs should give more opportunities to players from the non-league, which he believes are full of 'gems' that are currently being ignored.

It is worth taking a brief look at a few players who have made the giant leap from the lower leagues, including Manchester United's Chris Smalling, who this season, is enjoying a spell of top-class football at his club and receiving much acclaim.

There is also QPR's Charlie Austin, who continues to attract the interest of several top Premier clubs, having made the leap from teams such as Hungerford and Poole Town.

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There are many who have been fortunate enough to get noticed and be given the opportunity, yet there are still many who remain in those leagues with ambitions to play higher without an avenue to get there.

So why are so many ignored these days?

Top clubs do not seem to have the same scouting system they once had, where they would visit schools to watch potential talent shine through.

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Sunday league teams are also starting to fade away for various reasons be it unable to afford the park fees or representing public houses, which have now lost so much revenue they can no longer run.

We also no longer have 'home internationals' which were regularly televised and displayed not only players we knew, but also young British talent with potential.

Is it the club's fault or is it the system?

The old-fashioned venturing scout should be brought back.

Scouts are still active at clubs, but there seems to be a tendency to opt for overseas players in modern times. There is, of course, nothing wrong with it, as there are many foreign players with a lot of talent.

Yet, in doing this, are we missing out on developing our own British youngsters?

It seems that money talks in the modern game and should there be an overseas player with potential emerging at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich or other clubs of a similar stature, then there is an instant rush to buy that player at an early age and keep hold of him in case he ends up making lots of money for the club in his later years.

We should look to strike a balance between potential young British expertise and young overseas talent.

Likewise, we should also plough more money into developing players from the non-league and scout within schools.

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