If you’re not a footy fan, or follower, I suggest you have a read of some of my other blog posts, particularly some of the ‘Dave’ short stories – they’re a hoot!
If you are, then read on and see if I’ve got the answer to the youth development conundrum currently plaguing English Football.
The problem as I see it, is that the Premier League clubs are trying to develop their own talent, but due to the high number of foreign and short term purchases fueled by fear of relegation or failure to secure European football, the youth players are often left languishing in the background, destined for a future at Southend or Walsall. And when the top teams do spy a young star at the lower teams, they usually entice them away for nothing (only to leave them in the reserves and eventually sent to ply their trade at Northampton or Shrewsbury).
So what am I suggesting? It’s fairly simple-ish…
1) Take Premier League youth development away from the clubs and centralise it in the new FA place at Burton on Trent. Each team puts an equal amount of cash into the running of it. Then at the beginning of each season, youth graduates are subjected to an NFL-style draft – ie the newly promoted teams get to pick first, and so on until the champions get last pick, and then we go round again until all players have a club.
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