The Premier League say they won’t be implementing the new quota system as recently outlined by the FA.
The English game’s governing body have proposed that the number of homegrown players per squad should increase from 8 to 12 in an attempt to increase the chances of local talent, but Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore says the clubs are opposed to such measures.
“Our starting point is our clubs aren’t really up for hugely restrictive quotas,” he told Sky Sports.
“We absolutely agree that getting more and better home grown players is the number one objective in youth development systems. But we do disagree on some of the tactics.
“It’s a global league, the clubs want to attract the world’s best talent, the only route to improving homegrown players is through a qualitative route, through better facilities, better coaching, better access time, as opposed to artificially.”
At a time when fans pay high prices for tickets, the idea that restrictions should be placed on teams – forcing them to use players simply because of their nationality or homegrown status rather than their quality – should be anathema to supporters throughout the Premier League.
It’s also something that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is against. Speaking in January of this year, as he worked to finalise the signing of Brazilian defender Gabriel, he suggested the issue of work permits for footballers is something that should be scrapped altogether.
“Let’s open it completely,” he said. “We live in a world where artificial protection is negative.
“One thing is for sure, if you put a young player with top-level players he has more chance to develop. If you put him with average players he has more chances to remain average.
“We have to accept that.”
Given how strident FA Chairman Greg Dyke has been about this issue, it’ll be interesting to see how it plays out if the clubs act in the way Scudamore says.
Current homegrown players in the Arsenal squad
- Wojciech Szczesny
- Kieran Gibbs
- Damian Martinez
- Jack Wilshere
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
- Aaron Ramsey
- Danny Welbeck
- Theo Walcott
- Francis Coquelin