There may be some worries in the other European Football Leagues that the best players will be gradually moving into the English Premier League, simply because of the vast amounts of money being paid out by the Premier League via the world-wide TV rights over at least the next four years.
The current deal is worth £3B over three years which ends next summer, and then the new three year deal is a massive £5.1B over the three years starting in 2016.
Joachim Lowe – no wonder he’s smiling
Joachim Lowe, the long serving Germany head coach believes that all the money the Premier League clubs are getting will only benefit German football, and that’s because a lot of that money is being invested in German youth football.
This is what Joachim has said of Premier League clubs buying players from the Bundesliga:
“That helps make the German national team stronger because in the last few years £100M has been put back into youth development.”
“That money has been used to make the standard of young players better.” “The English will have to face up to the fact their young players don’t get the minutes for their clubs.”
“That is why the English national team hasn’t set the world alight.”
It’s a good point that Joachim makes, and it ‘s one the FA is already well aware of, because it’s very difficult for young English players – or make that English players in general – of playing regularly in the Premier League, when so many foreign players have been brought in from all over the world.
At one time back in the olden days, only English players played in the Football League, but that started to change during the 1970s.
It’s a problem for the FA as to how young English players come through the ranks and get playing time, and the best chance is playing in the Football League.
Two of our most promising youngsters – striker Adam Armstrong and goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – are getting valuable first team experience at Coventry and Crawley respectively, and both are doing well.
It’s a good point that Joachim makes, although England currently have the best qualifying record of all countries for next year’s Euro 2016 in France, having won all our games in our group.
Of course we often do well in the group stages, but when the finals get under way too many English players seem to play way below their best form, when it really counts.
That seems a measure of mental strength, which has been weak in English teams over the last few decades – we always disappoint in the big tournaments.
But once upon a time we had the players who could produce when it mattered.
Back in 1966, players like Gordon Banks. Bobby Moore and Bobby Charlton used to play at their best when in the England shirt.
And of course Geoff Hurst got a hat trick in the final of the 1966 World Cup, when we hammered West Germany 4-2 after extra time in that Wembley final.
It was a definite advantage that we played in England in those 1966 World Cup finals – no doubt about that – but as Brazil proved last year and Germany in 2006, it’s not always a home banker.
What do you think?