“You look at Under-16s or Under-17s and it’s absolutely riddled with foreign players. What chance does that give to young English players? It gives them virtually no chance.” Paul Scholes, speaking to the Daily Mail in 2015 It has become a staple of football quizzes in Britain. ‘How many non-British or Irish players started in […]Read More The Kids Are Coming: What’s Behind The Resurgence of English Youth Prospects in the Premier League?
England’s victory at the U17 World Cup in India last weekend was met with mixed reactions. For many it was a chance to trumpet the work of the FA youth programme ‘DNA’, and proclaim that the future looks bright for the national team, while others were quick to pour scorn on the achievement, having seen […]Read More What a Nice Way to Turn 17
This summer clubs in the Premier League spunked a record £1.4bn in the transfer market as Uncle Rupert’s magic money tree, fed on the tears of working class football fans earning below the living wage, pumped enormous BACS transfer shaped fruit into the bank accounts of top level football club owners across the country. As […]Read More The Kids are Alle Recht
Trent Alexander-Arnold announced himself to the football world this week with a stunning free-kick against Hoffenheim in Liverpool’s Champions League Qualifier. The 18 year old broke into the Liverpool first team last season, and will be hoping to cement his place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI this time out. But, as the newspaper articles on […]Read More Too Much Too Young?