English FA chairman Greg Dyke believes there has been a blockage for young English talent.
There is no doubting that English national team has fallen a long way behind the likes of Germany, Spain and Italy – but where does the problem lie?
It’s a debate which could go on for hours, yet one damning statistic is the amount of foreign stars which currently make up the Premier League in comparison to Europe’s other top leagues.
In an article published by the BBC in October, it showed that Spanish players currently account for 59% of La Liga, whereas Germans account for 50% of the Bundesliga. The Premier League however is as little as 32.26%, a statistic dubbed as “frightening" by Greg Dyke.
From a financial perspective, managers may prefer to look abroad to pick up potential bargains as the English players are famed to have over-inflated prices – such as the preposterous sums spent for the likes of Stewart Downing and Andy Carroll. Yet, from an ability prospective, there could be a case in saying that perhaps English players aren’t as technically gifted as some of their European counterparts.
Greg Dyke however is adamant that the lack of ability is not the problem, but more the mind-set of managers such as Arsene Wenger who presumably block young players' emerging talents.
He said: “It comes down to two basic arguments, the Arsene Wenger argument which says your boys are just not good enough and the other says they are, but there’s a blockage.
”There clearly is a blockage at certain clubs of getting young boys enough experience to get into the best leagues in the world.”
Has Arsene Wenger’s approach really hampered the England national team? After all, this is a man who has brought in the likes of Jack Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Kieron Gibbs – players who have all adorned the national team shirt.
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