English football.... on the rocks?
Premiership West Ham United
by IronsMike88 (U8888194) 08 August 2007
I thought it would be intresting to write an article about this, and was wondering what fellow West Ham - and indeed other fans think about the way English football is going (in regards to International football - not premiership). Personally - I think it's in tatters. The top 4 clubs in the prem - Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea - all have young foreign prospects at their youth academies, and I agree that this is with the view of making those clubs continue their success etc etc, but surely there has to be a limit. In the past 5 years this has become increasingly apparent, that a distict lack of English pospects are comming through and playing for the first teams of clubs. The one's that I can think of and that stand out to me in recent years are Luke Moore (Aston Villa) Mark Noble (West Ham) Leighton Baines (Wigan) and Matt Derbyshire (Blackburn). Obviously there's others like Lita etc but iv'e decided just to cut the names to a few. I think the only way things will change will be if their is some sort of rule introduced... for instance a club can only have a maximum of 4 foreign players playing for their youth academies at any one time. Otherwise what will happen is that the number of foreign pospects will continue to rise and before long - in another 5 years time - it will be English players that are few and far between at academies. This cannot afford to happen.
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