The new FA Chairman Greg Dyke has made it a priority that he somehow gets more English players playing in the Premier League, and he has already criticized the policies of both Newcastle and Sunderland, for recruiting too many players from the continent.
Greg Dyke – new FA Chairman
But Greg got some support last week from the Premier League clubs, who agreed to work with the FA to get more players into their teams, and earlier this week Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho said he would be happy to sit down with the FA, and help English football in any way he can.
However, Dyke has already blasted the two big north-east clubs for not playing enough English players in their sides:
“Sunderland’s first game of the season against Fulham there were only four players on the pitch at the start of the game who were actually qualified to play for England.
“Mind you in the Newcastle team beaten 4-0 by Manchester City on that same opening weekend it was even worse – there was only one English player in their starting line-up.”
We agree it’s a bit of a dilemma that not many English players are playing in the top English league, but there are different ways of looking at why that’s the case.
Dyke’s view is that it’s because too many players are coming in from abroad and preventing Englishmen from getting a game.
But another view is that it means the English players must improve, because they are currently not good enough, and the new St George’s Park facility is the FA’s national football center on a 330-acre site at Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire.
The facility was opened last October, and all coaching and development will be undertaken there by the FA, for all the England national football teams at the different levels.
That’s a good approach, and once we make our young English players better than they are today, we should see more of them playing in the Premier League.
Well that’s at least one viable approach to getting more English players participating in the Premier League.
It might even work.
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