5 thoughts on “Footballing migrants”

  1. Posted 18/09/2014 at 11:19 | Permalink

    Dyke’s logic seems to be that the best English players play regular first team football in the premier league, therefore we will have better English players if more of them play first team football in the premier league. This is a basic logical error.

    The idea that mediocre players will become world class talents if they play regular premiership football has been tested to destruction by, for example, Shola Ameobi and Emile Heskey.

  2. Posted 18/09/2014 at 13:10 | Permalink

    I would disagree that the England team under-achieves. I just don’t think it is very good.

  3. Posted 18/09/2014 at 14:49 | Permalink

    I’m afraid picking mediocre players that remained medicore is not an argument either Chris. The trajectory of an elite athlete is extremely difficult to predict, there are a huge number of variables. The English game for years has been rejecting smaller, technical players in favour of pure ‘athletes’ who do not flourish at senior level. Having 10 18yr olds go on to elite level is better than having 5 because it is almost impossible at that age to tell who will be able to develop into an elite level player. It is trial and error, if you don’t have players trying out in that environment its difficult to ascertain whether they are good enough to play at that level.

  4. Posted 20/09/2014 at 19:30 | Permalink

    Is that the same “bad player” Emile Heskey that scored against a very strong Germany side and played 55 times for England?? Your not a bad player if you play that many times for England and play for Liverpool! ??

    This sounds like a very good plan in my eyes and important for the future of the game in this country.

  5. Posted 22/09/2014 at 19:18 | Permalink

    The proposal would do nothing to prevent clubs such as Southampton from losing their “home-grown” England internationals (such as Lallana and Shaw) to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, where, incidentally, they are no longer playing on a regular basis (which presumably is not helpful for the England manager).

    However, the proposal may make it a lot more expensive for Southampton to buy suitable replacements, if the introduction of a £10 million threshold were to cause further transfer inflation.

    Surely Financial Fair Play has already created a sufficient glass ceiling to protect the big clubs?

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