Ok take Lustig as an example then? A solid consistent RB for many years was signed on a pre-contract at the age of 24. Or Johann Mjallby a solid CB signed for £1.5m at the age of 27. Or Joos Valgaeren another solid CB signed for around £3.5m at the age of 24.It's no easy to find another Larsson or Lubo though, Andy.
Just because players are not easy to find doesn't mean they are not out there. The point I'm making is that due to the narrow criteria set out in our signing policy we're not even looking for players like this anymore. These guys weren't world beaters who were going to fetch massive sell on fees but they were established first team players who came in and improved us.