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English talent will suffer as the Premier League gets richer

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The summer transfer window slamming shut last week meant different things to different clubs.

Relief, it would have been, for the smaller-profiled sides, who have undergone a long summer of clutching onto their most prized assets in spite of the flickering notes rubbed in their faces by the Premier League's big boys. 

Satisfaction will be the sentiment at Manchester City and Liverpool, as their aims appear to have been fulfilled in terms of recruitment this summer, albeit despite the departure of Raheem Sterling for the latter.

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The same cannot be said for Chelsea, however, who missed out on long-term targets John Stones and Paul Pogba, and indeed Manchester United who, if reports are to be believed, missed out on almost every half-decent player there is in Europe.

And to add to their woes, their feelings towards a somewhat failed transfer window will be all-the-more dispirited by unconvincing performances in the league this season.

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There's a similar feeling at Arsenal. The Gunners yet again missed an opportunity to put down a statement of intent by adding players that can help transform them back into serious title contenders.

The arrival of Petr Cech at the beginning of the summer was heralded as a symbol of real ambition from Arsene Wenger, but the same old problems rise to the surface at the Emirates - deficiencies up front and in defensive midfield still stick out like a sore thumb.

Moreover, the end of the window also spelled the end of certain players' wishes.

Everton's Stones will be downcast after his request to join Chelsea was shunned by Everton, and Saido Berahino has publicly lambasted West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace for blocking his desired move to Tottenham, with the 22-year-old claiming on social media he will never play for Peace again.

Whilst perhaps hard for those associated with clubs of a lower calibre to digest, it is only natural for players to be seduced by big-money offers from those nearer the top who can offer them a greater standard of football. Therefore, criticism for Stones and Berahino is unmerited.

As are the reprovals of chairmen such as Jeremy Peace and Bill Kenwright of West Brom and Everton respectively. The pair have been accused of stifling the development of two young English prospects and causing their value to over-inflate due to their unyielding stances.

The thing is, though, with the Premier League's increase in revenue booming the capital of teams like Everton and West Brom more than ever, they see no need to sell their big-name players for the sake of generating money anymore. Cashing in on big players is no longer such an enticing appeal now that the riches of ground-breaking television deals are being distributed throughout the league.

The need to sell is becoming less and less essential, which will ultimately affect the development of our brightest sparks.

Price tags on homegrown talent are soaring and will continue to soar, and with the new rules in place that require Premier League teams to obtain a certain number of English players in their squad, they are much more sought after than off-shore talent.

But as expressed, the lower clubs that hold them to ransom simply have fewer motives to buckle now that their purses are thicker, which ultimately holds a negative impact on the future of England as a national team.

Raheem Sterling's £49 million deal from Liverpool to City epitomises this, especially when compared with £35 million for Alexis Sanchez and Chelsea's £21 million coup of Pedro. Thankfully for Sterling, though, free-spending City are far from reluctant to splash the cash, and his development will take a massive boost because of it.

Stones and Berahino, on the other hand, weren't so lucky. Their excessive valuations of no less than £30 million wavered interest from Chelsea and Tottenham, which could have a telling impact on their development when not surrounded by players of a higher class, especially when you consider that Berahino is now out of West Brom's first-team picture altogether.

This inflation of value will do nothing to aid development, big price tags will culminate in huge expecations and pressure that is not ideal for young players to ply their trade in. 

We all love the Premier League for it's box-office essence and sheer drama, but our national football team will be the victims of its success.

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