Premier League holding back English talent from overseas travel

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The FA Premier League, or the Barclays Premier League as it is called now, was formed in 1992 in a breakup of the First Division from the Football League for lucrative TV rights. This story of birth has a adverse effect on the league in today's time, with money again being the incentive.

The only thing that has changed has been the difference in spending habits. Earlier, teams would prefer to buy Englishmen and foreigners would have a tough time breaking into the first team, while teams from all over Europe would flock to buy the English talent.

Fast-forward to the future and now almost every team in the Premier League banks on proven foreign talent, a transfer strategy characterised by Arsene Wenger ad Sir Alex Ferguson's teams, who would only trust Englishmen with the first team if they were produced by themselves or poached at a young age from another team, instead relying on talent from abroad in the main transfer market.

Today, only a paltry number of players ply their trade in a league outside England and that number is turned even smaller when only looking at talent playing in the top leagues. Ashley Cole was the only known player who is English and was at the books of a foreign club last season permanently.

The former Chelsea defender joined AS Roma last summer although he had a torrid time, turning out for only 1,283 minutes in 16 appearances for Roma. Micah Richards also turned out in the same league as Cole, on loan from Manchester City at ACF Fiorentina, and only had a marginally better time than his country mate.

Richards will now be heading towards some more known lands as he has a free transfer arranged with Aston Villa. A few promising youngsters were also out on loan from reputable clubs in unknown lands like starlet Josh McEachran, farmed out by Chelsea to Vitesse, a club with whom Roman Abrahimovich has strong ties with.

To find more English players out of their home nation, one needs to cast a wider net, which brings in players like Matt Jones, a goalkeeper who turns out for Belenenses in the lower rungs of the Portuguese league and Dom Dyer, a promising young forward who plays in the MLS for Sporting Kansas City along with Bradley Wright Philips , the ex-Manchester City and Southampton man who finished as top scorer of the division in the 2013/14 season as his team, New York Red Bulls, topped the Eastern Conference.

An improbable solution to the famed - and cursed - right-back position of the England national team could be the Kamil Corekci, a dual Turkish and English national who could turn out for either team and is coming off a solid season for a player of his age for Eskisehirspor in the Turkish Super Lig.

The last English - or at least partially English player, and arguably the best of the bunch - playing outside England last season was Aaron Hunt, a key part in Vfl Wolfsburg's first German Cup victory and second place finish in the Bundesliga.

Although Hunt was born in Germany and has turned out for the country of his birth three times, he could still wear the Three Lions' kit through his mother's English lineage. This is due to all his appearances for Germany being in friendlies which means he can do a switch in nationalities, in a similar fashion to Diego Costa, who swapped Brazil for Spain.

Grave problem

This highlights a grave problem with English players, as they are reluctant to adapt to a new country or learn a new language and prefer to play out their careers close to home or in English speaking countries like the U.S.A. or Australia.

The problem does not as much lie in the mindset of the players, as it does with the league. Due to the Premier League having a distinctly different style of play, which holds physicality and speed over technical attributes, than that of the Liga BBVA or Serie A, English youngsters, who have been trained with that style of play in mind, can't succeed in these foreign divisions.

Another reason for the low out-flux of English players is their inflated price tags. We are often very quick to dub an English youngster "the next big thing" or "the future of the national team", leading to over-hyped youngsters who often fail to justify their price tag or fulfil their billing.

Unless some radical changes take place to alter the style of play of the Premier League, one could expect these Phileas Foggs to dry up in the next few years and that, truly would be a shame.

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