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Jamie Carragher: 'Ban academy imports at clubs for sake of the England team'


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Jamie Carragher has added his weight to the debate on England’s struggle to develop world-class players for Roy Hodgson’s national side by declaring that academies should be prevented from buying in any foreign players.

 

Top Premier League sides find foreign youngsters far cheaper to buy than the best English talent and Carragher told The Independent that clubs’ impulse to purchase them is blocking the potential development of young home-grown players.

 

“Academies should be for our kids and if you buy foreign players they should be for the first team,” said Carragher, a new member of the Sky Sports team of analysts for the new season. “I don’t think it should be made easy for players to get into your first team. The foreign players have been brilliant for this country. But it’s at the stage now where reserve and youth teams are full of foreign players – and what chance do young players have if they can’t get into the youth or reserve team? Let’s give them that chance to show a manager what they can do and then ask, are they ready?”

 

The former Liverpool defender’s concerns about the lack of opportunity for English players are shared by his co-analyst at Sky, Gary Neville, who believes that the current generation of young English footballers are having their route to the top of the game blocked despite being capable of playing at the highest level.

 

The Premier League said that 95 per cent of 16 to 18-year-olds at academies are British and that 75 per cent of players competing in the new Premier League’s Under-21 competition last season were British, including 16 of the 22 players in the starting line-up between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

 

But with a declining number of English players in the Premier League having a detrimental effect on the England team, Carragher believes action is required.

 

“You can buy a young foreign player for £250,000 but you’ll buy 10 of them and think one of them will probably do well,” Carragher said. “As things are, clubs take these players and say, ‘If it doesn’t work out at the end of the day it only cost us £250,000.’ If I was in a youth team and Liverpool bought the French Under-18 captain in my position, that would deflate me. I don’t think it’s that good for the foreign players either – leaving home at 15 or 16 without their family and friends, adapting to a new style of football. I just don’t think it works.”

 

 

Whether he has a point or not purely depends on if you care about the development of the English game and local players.

 

I think he makes some good points though.

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He's in a much better position than anyone to say if local and English talent are given a fair crack of the whip.

 

I think of the time we wasted on Flora, Nemeth, Plessis, Barragan, Paletta to name but a few in recent years has been shocking. I've always said that Liverpool is full of fantastic footballing players, we always tend to produce someone every ten years of significant quality with a few other players who go on to make decent careers.

 

Ultimately if you're good enough, you're good enough. But if you care about the development of local and English talent then that isn't going to be only deciding factor. In a clubs youth policy.

 

It's a much deeper problem than just giving players a crack of the whip, I concede that.

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Plus the local lads' girlfriends won't be able to talk to the foreign lads' girlfriends.

 

The only bit that really interests me is the fact that not many of these kids go on to be any good.

 

Is he actually calling for a total ban though? He doesn't quite say that, despite the tag line.

 

And with transfer fees continuing to rocket, who can really blame clubs for casting their nets far and wide to try and get the best players from a young age?

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He's in a much better position than anyone to say if local and English talent are given a fair crack of the whip.

 

I think of the time we wasted on Flora, Nemeth, Plessis, Barragan, Paletta to name but a few in recent years has been shocking. I've always said that Liverpool is full of fantastic footballing players, we always tend to produce someone every ten years of significant quality with a few other players who go on to make decent careers.

 

Ultimately if you're good enough, you're good enough. But if you care about the development of local and English talent then that isn't going to be only deciding factor. In a clubs youth policy.

 

It's a much deeper problem than just giving players a crack of the whip, I concede that.

 

The biggest issues relate to the lack of high level qualified coaches in the UK. This coupled with the lack of meaningful competition at youth/reserve level.

 

In relation to the players you mentioned above, who specifically wasnt given a crack at the whip and proved us wrong. It appears to me that Paletta and Barragan have proved that they are far better players than anything else we had produced through the youth system. Maybe not for us but certainly we can see why they were signed as they have gone on to have had reasonable careers.

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Problem isn't the amount of imports. The problem is that the players don't get enough competitive games during the crucial years in the development.

 

If more players got competitive games between 18-22 years of age they'd continue to develop. Has nothing to do with nationality.

 

As Chili said above, if you are good enough you are good enough - as proven by Kelly, Sterling, Wisdom and to a lesser extent Ibe.

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If you are good enough, work hard enough and want it enough, doesn't matter if you are from Bootle or Barcelona.

 

not hard to grasp is it?

 

He's in a much better position than anyone to say if local and English talent are given a fair crack of the whip.

 

I think of the time we wasted on Flora, Nemeth, Plessis, Barragan, Paletta to name but a few in recent years has been shocking. I've always said that Liverpool is full of fantastic footballing players, we always tend to produce someone every ten years of significant quality with a few other players who go on to make decent careers.

 

Ultimately if you're good enough, you're good enough. But if you care about the development of local and English talent then that isn't going to be only deciding factor. In a clubs youth policy.

 

It's a much deeper problem than just giving players a crack of the whip, I concede that.

 

There's a good list of English players that we've shipped on - and the Mancs etc - that haven't made the grade past a Championship level.

 

Speo got a fair crack for one

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problem is, there's nobody around at Sky to bat this back at him with some common sense replies

 

1 s*** coaching in the UK

 

2 lack of good competitions at youth level

 

3 if players are not getting through over here but they are actually good enough then why don't they go to academies in Spain, where their undoubted talent will soon catapult them in to Barca's 1st team? and also the food and weather is better and there are fewer hoodies hanging around too

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problem is, there's nobody around at Sky to bat this back at him with some common sense replies

 

1 s*** coaching in the UK

 

2 lack of good competitions at youth level

 

3 if players are not getting through over here but they are actually good enough then why don't they go to academies in Spain, where their undoubted talent will soon catapult them in to Barca's 1st team? and also the food and weather is better and there are fewer hoodies hanging around too

 

s*** planning at national level. Rodwell should have been at the U21's instead of a sub against Brazil.

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He's paid to comment on football matters. He's having these common sense, man of the people opinions for a very healthy salary.

 

 

yeah, not great is it

 

It's not evil or nothing, it is just a bit rent-a-gob for the Seftoner

 

problem is, there's nobody around at Sky to bat this back at him with some common sense replies

 

1 s*** coaching in the UK

 

2 lack of good competitions at youth level

 

3 if players are not getting through over here but they are actually good enough then why don't they go to academies in Spain, where their undoubted talent will soon catapult them in to Barca's 1st team? and also the food and weather is better and there are fewer hoodies hanging around too

 

 

And then what is he gonna say?

 

'oh aye yeah yer right there'

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