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Dundee United and the quest to develop unique players

By SIMON AUSTIN, 05/18/21, 2:00PM EDT


WHY Dundee United are investing heavily in individual development at their highly-productive Academy.

ANDY STEEVES has been Dundee United’s Individual Performance Coach since last July and says his remit is clear: “To develop identities, so that we’re not churning out the same player time and time again.”

His role is a new one, created by an innovative club who have made youth development one of their key objectives. Their ultimate aim is to develop “Champions League players” and this season has been impressive, with 11 Academy products appearing in the first team - more than at any other SPL team.

For their final game of the campaign, against St Mirren today, the Tangerines fielded seven Academy graduates in their matchday squad and five in the starting line-up.

Steeves and Academy Manager Andy Goldie told TGG why they place such a focus on the individual and exactly how they do it: