England U21 coach Gareth Southgate thinks that the possible transfers of 20-years-old John Stones to Chelsea and 22-years-old Sadio Berahino can affect their careers in a negative way:
“The key initially is that they need to play,” said the ex defender.
“So both of those players are currently at clubs where they are playing regularly, which is a great position to be in.
Southgate understands the lure of playing for one of the Premier league’s bigger clubs, but he still thinks that regular playing time is more important.
“With the senior team, Roy will want as many of his players playing Champions League football as possible.
“That’s where they test themselves against the very best.
“But with the younger players, they need to play regularly and that should be high on their consideration.
“I have seen what happens when players are not playing regularly and there’s a moment their development dwindles and they don’t progress“.