After not receiving a start for Stoke City since the second game of the season, Moritz Bauer has been playing with the reserves in the Premier League 2 as he tries to win his place back into the first team.
After seeing reserve football first hand whilst playing with the youngsters, he is surprised with the lack of youngsters playing competitively compared to teams he played for in Europe.
The full-back who signed from Rubin Kazan said, “I was surprised that there is not a second team, it has really young lads and it’s still a young league. I was surprised about this system in England, that you don’t have a second team that competes in a lower league.
“But it was also interesting to see the opposition football-wise, to see the under-23s of Aston Villa, Manchester United and how they work, how they play, what’s their ideal game style. It was a good experience.”
Bauer was keen to look at how the youngsters play and enjoyed playing with them,“It was a very nice experience to see the young lads, I think we have a lot of talented players there and it’s completely different.”
The 26 year old revealed that young players playing against young players is not right for them, “To compete against a guy from the same age, it doesn’t matter how talented he is, it’s always different than if you compete against a 35-year-old who is very experienced and sneaky, maybe, on the pitch, very clever. It’s different.
“I learned about football, obviously I’m very interested in football, and maybe it’s not the perfect way. Even though the young talented kid may have more skills, it’s very different to compete against an over-30 than an under-20.
He also spoke about how the Checkatrade Trophy is a good start to bringing in reserve teams and believes that it can be a good step into the right direction, “It would probably help the kids as well if we have games against proper lower league teams, maybe now like the Checkatrade Trophy coming in. I think that’s a very good step.”