What do Man United, Liverpool and Man City have in common following recent FA review

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Some of the Premier League's elite clubs appear to be in support of the FA's controversial new scheme.

The hot topic in English football this week hasn't been a debate on who's going to clinch the Premier League title, it hasn't even been regarding who will make England's World Cup squad.

It has been on the recent and ongoing FA commission that has been seeking to boost English football via a series of fresh approaches to young player development.

Chief among these is the proposed idea to create a new tier within the Football league to allow Premier League clubs to field B teams in as competitive an environment as possible.

Several of the Premier League's top clubs have already shown an interest in the proposal, with BBC Sport reporting that Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have already shown "a lot of interest and enthusiasm" for a new league for B teams according to FA chairman Greg Dyke.

The move is one of a four-step plan to help young English players break through in the top flight, with figures of starting homegrown players continuing to dwindle in comparison to other countries.

The projected B team league, which would become "League Three" and compromise of 10 Premier League B teams and 10 Conference sides, has been fiercely debated, with some saying it will undermine England's traditionally strong lower league sides, many of whom would struggle to compete financially against sides that are essentially part of a Premier League structure.

Also suggested by the commission are "strategic loan partnerships" between higher and lower division clubs, and adjusting both the amount of homegrown players in team squads, and the divisions which non-EU players can play in.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is familiar with B teams making up part of the league system, with his native country Spain employing it to some success over the years, and he had only good things to say about the idea.

“I know there will be a lot of debate, but I think it’s very, very positive,” said Martinez. “First and foremost, we need to be aware there is a big problem with the development of the age group 18-23 because they do not have enough competitive football.

“The FA has come up with something I think is very exciting. I would be in favour of having B teams – we’d all get benefits."

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