Impact of the Influx of Foreign Players in the BPL

The Barclays Premier League as we all know is the most widely followed football league across the world. It is famous for its competitive and exciting football played by the 20 different teams that take part in it every year. Over the last decade or two the quality of football in the league has no doubt improved but also made it stand out amongst other top leagues for its nail-biting finishes. The premier league enjoys worldwide popularity from viewers of all age groups, thus making it the one of the best football league in the world.

But this is not the case with the English national team. Even though most of the players in the national squad play in the premier league, they are outshone by the foreign players in the league. The England football team has never been able to thrive at the international stage, let alone dominate it. Football always has, and always will begin at the grass-roots level, and yet this has been overlooked for the past ten years. The number of foreign players in the premier league has just sky-rocketed. In the inaugural Premier League season (1992-93), 69 percent of the players in the starting line-ups were English. Now that figure has dropped to 32 percent. If u look at other national teams like Italy or Spain, u will see that despite the many criticisms that their leagues face for being a two-horse race or less competitive, they have consistently performed well at the international stage. This is due to their policy of fielding home grown players in their squads. In England, home grown players do not get the chance to play because of the number of foreign players in the Premier League.

There is a counter argument that if youngsters play with and against the best players in the world, then they will become better players themselves. Take Jack Wilshere – a naturally talented English midfielder who has surely developed into an even better player by training and playing with the likes of Fabregas, van Persie and Nasri when they were at Arsenal. The best example of developing your own footballers is Barcelona and their world famous youth academy ‘La Masia’. The academy has developed some of the best players in the world who have also gone on to claim the highest honours in the game of football. It is hard to ignore the direct correlation between the amount of home-grown talent in Spanish football and the success that Spain has had in recent competitions – winning Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 in succession. The Football Association has implemented a number of actions to counter-balance this and follow the example of other European Leagues, but unfortunately for England it looks like things will get worse before they get better.


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