Foreign players, where do you stand?

by Martin

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

How do you feel about foreign players in the premiership?

There’s a major issue at the moment with the talk of limiting the number of foreign players playing in English football.

Personally, I would rather see home grown players who support the club coming through the ranks.

I think supporters have more affinity with them than non English speaking foreigners.I agree with having players like Ronaldo, Tevez, Fabregas, Drogba etc playing, but its the average cheaply bought foreigners that are spoiling the game especially at less fashionable clubs in the premiership and coca cola leagues.

I think a split of a maximum 6 foreign players and a minimum of 5 home grown in each club, would force clubs to invest in youth football. You only have to look at Crewe, probably the most successful youth development club in the football league. They can now no longer afford to run their academy and are resorting to foreign free transfers rather than released players from the premiership.

Surely you would prefer your best players to be English and represent the national team. Only 10 years ago Arsenal where winning the Premier with a team of mainly English players. Seaman, Dixon, Winterburn, Adams, Merson, Wright etc.

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  • Darren

    That’s the million dollar question, do u buy average over priced
    English players (Jenas, Jeffers for example) or do u buy quality foreign ones,
    Fabregas, Hleb, Petrov to name but a few.

  • Darren

    Maybe if the players were developed better at youth level we wouldn’t
    have this problem. I know for a fact that 10 – 16 year olds do not
    get the same level of coaching as clubs in Spain, Italy, France and
    in particular Holland. It is only when they get into the 1st or
    reserve squads that the coaching is at a decent standard.

    Instead of spending 10 mill on an established English player, why not
    invest that in the best coaches and facilities at junior level. It
    would take time but clubs would reap the benefits. A few lads that I
    know have been through the youth systems at Palace and Wimbledon were
    stopped from playing for there schools and youth teams, and only had
    a maximum of 10 competitive games per year. They were both released
    at 16 and felt robbed of their youth. Despite being fantastic
    footballers neither now play at all which is a real shame. There
    must be many more like them who have become fed up and slipped the net.

    If Fifa introduced a limit of 1 home grown player as from 2009/10 and
    then increased over the next 5 years, by the time the World Cup 2018,
    we should have enough decent English players to choose from.

  • Dee

    I agree totally mate, I remember being a pretty useful player when I was 12 years old, I was very quick but was small for my age. If you were 6ft 4 with a beard and hairy armpits then you had more chance of playing at a decent level. We were always told to get rid or knock it long, thats the problem and always has been!

    Out coaching methods suck. Do you think Fabregas was told to knock it long? I doubt it somehow.

    But saying that we should use this to our advantage and play at a high tempo, closing down, like the Premiership.

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