It is common knowledge that in one of the most well known and competitive football leagues of the world, the Premier League, there is a great dearth of English players and now the Football Association has finally decided to do something about it. According to reports in The Guardian, the FA is going to hold discussions over ways to curb the lack of domestic stars in the Premier League, with a number of proposals in the reckoning.
One possibility is the introduction of formal “B teams” of senior sides, to play in the lower divisions – a practice that is faithfully followed in a number of European countries like Spain, France and Portugal. While the system would provide opportunities for young and upcoming players to get more exposure and play in a more competitive environment, critics feel that the proposal is bound to fail in a country like England.
A slight modification on the lines of the Ajax-Almere City relationship is however predicted to be a feasible option. Ajax have a formal link with Almere City and the Eredivisie side allows the players to go to the Dutch second tier club to help in their development. Such a move is likely to be welcomed by most English sides, including the ones playing in the lower divisions.
Most Premier League clubs nowadays loan off their youth players to destinations abroad. A change in the system is however expected to result in the stunted growth and lack of exposure for the players.