Former FA Administrator Says EPL Quota Can Destroy English Football

Former FA Administrator Says EPL Quota Can Destroy English Football

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The English Premier League could be having an imminent disadvantage when it comes to attracting foreign players to the world’s most popular soccer league. As stated by Les Reed, an ex-FA technical director, the EPL is faced by a quota on foreign players, which could obstruct instead of bolster the league and country. Such change in policies could also have a negative impact on online soccer odds.

During the opening of the Soccerex Global Convention, the home affairs spokesman for the Labor Party, Andy Burnham, suggested that Britain’s exit from the EU comes with some advantages as well. One of the most imminent benefits is that English players would have additional opportunities to display their talents thanks to the introduction of quotas on foreign-based soccer players. As such, England will increasingly nurture young talent by providing additional playing time for aspiring players.

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However, the current director of football at Southampton, Reed, holds that the developing story about restricting foreign players coming to England would stagnate the rate of growth and development of England-based soccer players. He expressed his sentiments saying he did not agree with Andy Burnham’s recommendation that the Brexit and the consequent quotas could improve the England team significantly.

Reed added that many foreign players of different age groups have joined English clubs in the last two decades compared to any other clubs, which has molded their talents through persistently holding training sessions with the first team.

James Ward-Prowse, the England Under 21 captain, has constantly taken part in training sessions together with Pierre-Emile Hoejbjerg, Oriol Romeu and Jordy Clasie from the time he was just 16- years of age. According to Pierre-Emile, the introduction of quotas for foreign-based player would be detrimental to English young players, especially when it comes to their experience.

If the quota system is fully implemented in England, English Championship (second-tier) players will be given the opportunity to take the places left vacant by the outgoing foreign-based players. Such changes would lead to the altering of training schedules from the current one, which is disadvantageous to England.

As depicted by Reed, Southampton’s approach gives a typical example of the main reasons their academy has been able to train star players, such as Theo Walcott, Calum Chambers, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Luke Shaw in the past few years. He expressed that the continuing debate about the benefits the academies offer the respective clubs is clearly pointless because of the type of talent groomed there. In a deeper perspective, Reed’s sentiments hold water to some extent since he has served as an England coach for almost all age-group levels, that is, from the Under 15 squads to the first team.

David Dein, the ex-FA vice-chairman also cautioned that the ‘Brexit’ outcome may create many obstacles for Premier League clubs to have the liberty of attracting and recruiting brilliant young players. He expressed his sentiments to Reuters saying he does not believe in quotas. Instead, England policymakers should embark on creating their own talent than blaming foreign players. Dein managed to sign Cesc Fabregas at a tender age of 16 thanks to the freedom of movement. However, the current economic status in EU would perhaps require foreign players to have a work permit, which complicates the recruitment process and making Brexit a villain to English football.

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