Academy boss Bryan backs FA and echoes call for homegrown youngsters over foreign imports
With the England national team already out of the World Cup after defeats by Italy and Uruguay, manager Roy Hodgson has spoken out against the number of foreign players in the top flight and the impact it is having on the development of homegrown players.
Just 31 per cent of players in the Premier League last term were English, with the number of homegrown players in the Spanish, French, German and Italian top flight leagues considerably higher than that.
“It happens every time we don’t do well in the World Cup or European Championships, people looks for answers to why and normally they come back and say it’s all the coaches’ fault,” Town’s Academy Manager told the Club website.
“They say our young players are not being coached properly but that’s not the case now. The FA have done a lot of good work in that area. The standard of Academy football is very good. I saw Fulham play Chelsea in the Youth Cup final last season and it was as a good a game as I have seen anywhere.
“The talent is out there but if we want the game to thrive in this country at national team level, someone has got to do something about ensuring young English players get an opportunity to play games.
“We have looked at restrictions in terms of the number of foreign players allowed in squads. Maybe we have to make that stricter.
“We have to find a way that good young players at 18, 19 get the chance to play competitive matches every week. They need to be tested. If they are not playing all the time at that stage, they are missing out on a golden opportunity and you don’t get that time back.”