The FA is to review the work permit rules in existence, that allows foreign players to move to England, as the FA is increasingly concerned that the top players in England are preventing young English players from developing their game.
Greg Dyke – new FA Chairman
Under the existing rules, any player from the European Union simply does not require a work permit, and that has allowed Newcastle, for example, to bring in so many French players over the last three or four years.
Players from outside the EU should have represented their country in 75% of competitive matches, and they are then accepted in as being an outstanding player who will benefit English football, but this rule is skirted a number of times on appeal.
And a recent example is Brazilian Willian, who was signed by Chelsea from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala for £30M in late August, but he has only played for Brazil twice – the first time being back in 21011, so how did he get in?
New FA Chairman Greg Dyke gave a speech last week in which he questioned why young English players are having their development impeded at English club.
This is some of what Greg said:
“We should also examine how the current work permit system operates — and it is worth pointing out that roughly 30% of the players who received work permits this summer did not meet the standard criteria — and we should review the loan system, to see if it can be made more effective in terms of developing players.”
There is a Premier League shareholder meeting this Thursday, and the Chairman is again expected to raise this issue.
If the FA does tighten the rules it is likely they will be tightened for non-EU players, and their decision will not be retroactive.
But it’s hard to change the EU rules, and after all one big reason the EU was set up was so there would be free movement of people to jobs in other countries, so any restrictions there would have very little chance of passing.
Conlcusion – even more players from France to Newcastle in the next few years.
Looks like it – probably starting with Bafe Gomis in January – since we should be able to get him in for about half his transfer fee in the summer, since he will have just six months left on his contract.
That’s the way Newcastle officials think these days – it’s all about the money – and not about the football.
We’re more like a bank than a football club.
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