Premier League deal must be used to enhance grassroots facilities

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Over the past decade, the Premier League has been molded into a business phenomenon, showing very little sign of decline. 

An upsurge in financial investments has ushered the global exposure of our top division on a platform of startling magnitude, as well as attracting the very elite of stars to hop on board what is vast becoming somewhat of a sporting circus. 


The Hazard, Aguero, Silva and Sanchez figures that accord merit to our title of 'best league in the world', which many concur with, may not have felt the urge to make the move to the Premier League if not for this broad expansion in terms of reputation.

This development appears to be continuing, as last Tuesday the Premier League put pen to paper on a record-breaking £5 billion TV broadcast deal. This, however, has done little to aid the darker outlook prevailing amongst some. 


The increased necessity for clubs to deliver short-term, instant success means a need for greater funds, as many who aim to produce this success have discovered that financial investment is key. 

Ticket prices have soared in particular, challenging the wealth and, ultimately, priorities of the working class and younger generation, who formerly fabricated the heart and soul of English football. 

Unfortunately, they are rarely coming out on top, as tourists and businessmen willing to pay ridiculous amounts are pricing them out of the game.

A further gloomy aspect concerns the national team, as the extent of financial progression in the Premier League has paved the way for home-grown talent to become overlooked by foreign stars. 

Super powers

Why would capital super-powers such as Chelsea and Manchester City waste time nurturing an imperfect English teenager when they have the ability to purchase a ready-made foreign star that can help bring instant success?

A basic hypocrisy is shaping amongst fan-bases. Several cry out for more home-grown heroes obtaining a genuine connection with the club, of which Harry Kane is the perfect current example. Though when it comes to the transfer window, managers are condemned by these supporters when they fail to pull their fingers out and strengthen their squads with players that can help achieve immediate triumphs.

It is quite frankly pious for supporters to call for low prices and more opportunities for young English talent whilst, in the same breath, slamming managers and owners for underachieving due to financial hesitations.


There is a reason for a trend in Premier League bosses opting to splash the cash on foreign imports as opposed to entrusting home-grown stars, and to blame the growth of the league as a business is an argument lacking sense.

Surely it lies deeper. Are the likes of Mourinho and co being prejudice?

No, unfortunately the majority of English players are simply inferior to those from advanced footballing nations.

Second-fiddle methodology and facilities employed in grassroots football upwards is more of an issue that needs to be ironed out. Something doesn't quite click when attempting to picture a Spanish youth coach bellowing at his players to "put it in the mixer" in their own literary equivalent, whilst on a pitch resembling a pig sty.


Though, this blockbuster television deal could actually enhance our grassroot facilities and coaching methods. Ticketing prices may also be lowered as clubs could, as a result, become less dependent upon gate receipts.

These are just a couple of issues in our game that could be touched upon as a consequence of this TV deal. 

So, despite protests and uproar from those concerned at the English game losing its touch, not all is doom and gloom because of our top league's latest progression in retaining its status as the most exciting one in world football. 

In fact, it could be the answer to some of our main problems.

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