For too long now, the message from clubs and the national team setup has been that there is not enough home-grown talent emerging through the squads of English and Scottish Premier League teams.
The reason being is that both the English and Scottish Premier League have seen an influx of foreign imports that has been stifling the development of home-grown talent.
The Guardian recently published statistics that show the start of the 2013/14 English Premier League season has seen the total amount of English players fall to a new record of 34.1%.
Yet, English and Scottish clubs continue to avoid this issue.
A possible solution is the introduction of B teams in the lower leagues.
Spanish and Portuguese clubs such as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon have used this system to great effect with the likes of Lionel Messi, Iker Casillas and João Pereira emerging and transitioning into the first team.
These reserve teams are not placed in the lower leagues to win competitions (in fact they cannot be promoted or participate in the domestic cup competition) but rather for the sole purpose of enhancing talent for the clubs future.
Moreover, the reserve teams provide better quality coaching to youth players.
As a result, the future talent of England and Scotland would eliminate a long-ball style of football synonymous with players who are coached in the lower leagues.
This format has assisted La Liga and the Spanish national team with 62.3% of home grown talent currently present at the start of 2013/14 season.
The statistics indicate that this system out performs the alternative solution that is adopted by British clubs in which they loan players out to clubs in the lower leagues.
By introducing a reserve team in the football league, the fortunes of the national team could improve because the talent has not disappeared from the English and Scottish Premier league it’s just not being able to develop through the correct system.
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