It’s not about qualifying for the fancy stages, it’s not even about winning the trophy – as nice and as new and sparkling as it probably is.
It’s about educating young players and perhaps seeing one or two advance through to the first team.
Wolves Under-21s have been a breath of fresh air this season but Stale Solbakken is not looking at tables.
“It’s better for Wolverhampton to get two, three or four really good players than to win a big trophy with 6ft 4 inch players who are finished when they’re 19 or 20,” he said.
“That is very important to have that. For me, the biggest job here for the coaches is not to win a league.
“Obviously you want to challenge and the players want to win – and that should be something you also learn but if you win a youth cup with 18 good players and none of them reach the best group (first team), what is the point?
“Then you have another former player who goes out on to the town when he is 40-years-old telling people how good they were when they won a youth trophy in 1962 and after that they haven’t done anything!”
Steve Weaver’s men have waltzed through to the Elite Group phase of the U21 League, finishing behind runaway leaders Liverpool in National Group 3 and miles clear of bottom-placed Manchester City.
But Solbakken’s focus is on the likes of sharp-shooter Liam McAlinden following David Davis and Anthony Forde into his squad.
“I think Steve Weaver should have credit for the way they play the game because they’re trying to adapt to our game, and to have a style of play familiar through the ranks is something we’re working on now.
“Like all the other coaches, they try to play the same type of football.
“We will also try to have a certain amount of exercises in the Under-21s and the Under-18s which are the same as the first team, so they’re recognised right the way through.
“I think this is very important for a club like Wolverhampton to benefit from that. There are small variations but to have a ‘red line’ is very important, and we’re trying to give them a good football education by playing the right way. We’re trying to have a closer co-operation through the coaches because I think that will be a big advantage to us if we work like that for a number of years.
“If you play a certain type of football that is recognised by everyone, that will help us discover players in certain roles and it is easier for coaches and players. Steve has done that very well with his coaching.
“For me, the way they’ve played is more important than the results.
“I think these days everyone is very concerned if you’re going to win the Under-18s league. It’s important that players are taught to win and I understand but that should be a lesser concern than being prepared to play.”