Homegrown, What Are You Smoking?

At this point, the best league in the world is up in the air. Style to the Spanish, elegance to the French, balance in the Germans, organization to the Italians, and none more flashy than the Portuguese. What about the English Premier League?… Fitness? Pressure? Because of this new ‘Homegrown’ rule created by the FA, all teams in the ‘Best League in the World’ must have: “….a squad named of up to 25 players, of which no more than 17 can be over the age of 21 and not home grown.”

The term ‘homegrown’ means that these players had to have spent 3 years developing in an English or Welsh professional system before they are 21 years of age. FA chief executive Richard Scudamore then stated that “clubs will have to declare their 25 at the end of August when the window shuts and then again at the end of January. It’s not in the club’s interests to stockpile players… It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive…We’re not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can’t buy a team from abroad…We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team.”

All this talk came after The Three Lions completely abysmal run in the World Cup. When the English failed to move past the round of 16, getting run by the young Germans 4-1, excuses began to fly. Sir Alex started to talk about the possibility of a winter break, claiming the season is too long and players burn out much easier than any other professional league. With the ‘toughest league in the world’ you might think the toughest players in the world could handle it. It’s not like it’s their job or anything. The best derby in the game is El Clasico and the Bundesliga needs the final 2 weeks to decide a winner between 4-5 clubs. I am beginning to question why the EPL is the ‘best league’.

Read what Le Professeur, Arsene Wenger had to say about the new rule:  “Instead of asking ‘we have the best league in the world, how can we make it greater?’ they wonder ‘how can we make it smaller?’ The rules they decide are a disaster for this country. Ridiculous. They are all artificial and have nothing to do with top-level sport… it’s paralyzing the market.” Arsene muttering the word ‘ridiculous’ is probably as funny as Pepe Reina’s blunder this morning.

Now, not only could there be less matches per year, but there will be less international competition… All this to help out the English National Team? That’s just silly.

Blogs: http://www.tottenhamhotspurs.tv/forum/players-lounge/8328-epl-introduce-home-grown-quota-next-season.html

http://www.epltalk.com/what-does-the-home-grown-rule-mean-to-premier-league-football/22699

http://www.thehardtackle.com/index.php/fas-player-cap-rule-whats-in-store-for-englands-elite/

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