While the bright lights of the English Premier League attract most members of the footballing world, whether it be players, managers or supporters, the shift of focus from spending to profit will only help the Premier League's development.

The government recently announced their plans for intervention through legislation should Premier League clubs not improve their current financial state in the next year. While some will be disappointed due to the decrease in ability to attract star names, it may well save the Premier League from financial oblivion.

Since it's formation in 1992, the Premier League has been on a one way trip to self-destruction, and it's now on the brink of explosion which will see the world's most watched league descend into financial chaos.

A BBC report shows some interesting statistics. In comparison to the Bundesliga, German clubs in the 2010/2011 season spent less than half (£253m) than clubs in the Premier League (£550m). In total, Germany's top league saw a collective profit of £154m, while the Premier League clubs only managed £68m between them.

These statistics hold extra significance when taking into account the direction both leagues are heading in. Some would argue that the Premier League is in a state of disarray with regards to the overall quality of football, where as the Bundesliga is going from strength to strength.

"Why?", I hear you ask. The Bundesliga has produced a tremendous amount of home-grown talent such as Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira and Thomas Muller, but to name a few. 

These are all top drawer players, and talent such as Sven Bender, who would walk into most national teams, sometimes has to settle for a place on the bench. While England possess good players, it would be hard to match names like this.

While we all love the exhilarating right winger from an exotic destination to light up the wet, rainy nights in Stoke, I'm sure we would all love the majority of the talent on display in the Premier League to be home-grown.

It's no coincidence that in the Bundesliga, as money spent on transfers is significantly lower, it's more likely the talent Germany produces comes to prominence as they are given a chance to perform in the country's top tier.

Of course, the Premier League will always produce the highest quality of entertainment. This could, however, be for the wrong reasons. The amount of high scoring games in the past one-and-a-half seasons has been on the rise and the lack of defending should be held accountable. 

Surely we would all rather watch moment after moment of pure brilliance rather than a comedy of errors?

With Financial Fair Play just around the corner, there are lessons to be learned from the Bundesliga, and the Premier League must follow their example to remain one of, if not the most competitive division in world football.

 

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