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We saw the link up with the Spanish and that was just a joke. I think we only sent 1 player there and they didn't play him whilst at the same time Buendia was playing for them (albeit on loan) but we weren't interested in him despite presumably the opportunity to have a really close look at him and get to know more about his character etc.
With Aaronson he has gone to the Austrian league. Not a great standard but probably better than our U23 level and more importantly playing against all ages and expereinced players (we saw how our U23s struggles in that weird cup competition where they played League 1 and League 2 full sides). If we had a feeder club at a similar standard it would give us the opportunity to take a risk on signing players a bit more developed than we have in our U23s and also allow some of our U23s to go there on (such as seen recently we could have sent Cody Drameh there and maybe some others). We could have a Bielsa disciple as manager (someone like Corboran would have been excellent) so that they were playing the same way and Bielsa could even pop over now and again too to take charge of a training session and see how the players were developing.
It is also a way of getting round work permit problems as different countries have different criteria and that will likely make it harder for us to sign players with potential in the future due to the country's hatred of immigrants.