Going back to another idea that was raised about limiting the amount of foreign players, or should we say guaranteeing the inclusion of a certain number of home grown players.
Now I know that this would never happen due to legislation, but what are people's thoughts on this? I think if each side had a minimum of 5 home grown players, that would guarantee a minimum of 100 UK & Eire players in the Premiership each week. At the same time, I don't think that this would detract from the quality of the league too much, and I think it would mean that clubs would invest more in their youth academys and UK scouting operations.
This would surely have a knock on effect to the lower leagues and subsequently the non leagues, and the number of English players in demand would increase meaning that the potential for smaller clubs selling players on would be greater. It would also mean that you would get more youngsters getting a chance at the highest level if injuries kicked in.
If you look at some of the sides in the Prem at the moment (players who feature regularly when fit) -
Man Utd - Giggs, Scholes, O'Shea, Rooney, Evans, Neville, Fletcher, Ferdinand, Wellbeck
Aston Villa - Agbonlahor, A Young, L Young, Reo Coker, Sidwell, Shorey, Barry, Milner, Heskey, Davies, Knight, Gardner,
Spurs - Bale, Jenas, Lennon, Hutton, Woodgate, King, Dawson, Huddlestone, Bentley, O'Hara, Bent, Defoe, Keane
If you compare that to -
Liverpool - Gerrard, Carragher
Arsenal - Walcott
It's clear that some clubs aren't "doing their bit" when it comes to maintaining the national game, so is it time to force them to?