We were joined today by Sheffield United Individual Development Coach, Rhys Carr, who discussed his role, along with the dynamics of player development at the professional level. I really enjoyed his perspective on "exposing the player" to their weaknesses in the development process. At youth level, you often see the best players cruise through training sessions, but Rhys explains how a young defender in the Premier League will find themselves up against the best opposition forward sooner rather than later, and there is no hiding place at that level. So testing and challenging the player in every session if possible, is key. I also enjoyed Rhys' insight on the process around "search-decide-execute" and how he factors that into the planning process for the young players. This is definitely an episode that I will listen to a few times over the next couple of weeks.
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