FA Chairman Greg Dyke would like to make the rules for home grown players tougher in the Premier League, so that it gives more opportunities to English youngsters, so they can have a better shot at being successful than they have at the moment.
Greg Dyke – FA Chairman
The FA wants to bring in new rules starting next year and they would be phased in over a four year period, so that would make it easier for the PL clubs to comply.
Here are the new proposals:
- Regardless of nationality, will have to be with his club from age 15 to qualify as home-grown players
- The number of non-home grown players in each 25-man squad to be reduced from 17 to 13
- At least two home-grown players must be club trained.
talkSPORT are reporting that Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle United would not meet these new rules with their current squads.
But it seems the remaining 15 clubs would meet the requirements, but remember those five clubs would have ample time – four years – to adjust to meet the new rules.
At Newcastle there would be changes needed, and we currently have 15 non-home grown players in our 25 man squad list, so that would need to be reduced by two.
And goalkeeper Tim Krul would no longer be classified as a home-grown player, because he joined the club when he was 17 back in 2005 – the new rules would state that has to be 15.
FA Chairman Dyke is due to meet with the Premier League clubs this Thursday and you guessed it – there will be some resistance from those five clubs who wouldn’t meet the requirements today.
But it seems it’s a good move, because after all the league is in England, and we have to ensure the English youngsters get a fair crack of the whip.
It’s also interesting that Newcastle are making moves right now to bring more Englishmen into the squad – and that’s good.
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