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21 Nov 2017 13:47:45
Hi Eds/ All,

What is everyone's thoughts on less foreign player now coming through the youth system? What I mean to say is, are there less foreign and more players from England / Home Nations coming through most youth systems rather than stock piling of foreign youngers.

You look at Liverpool for example and the young players looking to break into the first team. Trent-Arnold, Gomez, Solanke and Woodburn.

Is this a result of changes in rules.


1.) 21 Nov 2017 14:21:05
It's always been mainly English players coming through, but the top clubs always seemed to sign 17-18 year olds from abroad which blocked the paths of the English lads.

With St George's Park, the new home grown rules, and just a general increase in the quality of English academies; we are now seeing more young English players come through.

20 years ago, the main decent academies in England were Everton, Man United, West Ham and Liverpool.

Nowadays you can add Chelsea, Southampton, Man City, Crewe, Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leicester and Tottenham to that list. Clubs seem to be putting more emphasis on developing there own players.

Sadly though, some clubs have given up on it because they are sick of developing players only to have them poached when they are good enough. Huddersfield are a prime example.

2.) 21 Nov 2017 14:31:56
I don't know of any significant rule change I would tend to look more towards the foreign players and the different styles of play having an influence on the younger home nation players which has been a positive. That coupled with the fact we have two sets of world cup winning English players!




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02 Jan 2019 13:51:23
Sturridge will be gone in the summer, sadly he doesn't fit in with what we are doing here and his wages would be better use elsewhere.

He is a good player but does not play enough through injury or being protected from injury etc, that just means he is not value for money.




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29 Oct 2018 10:39:06
I was about to write exactly the same thing Salah, contracts mean nothing other than the player being guaranteed to earn a certain amount of money for a certain length of time.




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19 Aug 2018 08:51:46
Isn’t it more about player registration. There are 2 deadline a years, at the end of each window for players to be registered with the FA. If they are not registered by this date they cannot play for the club until the next registration window is open. The only except is free agents, who if they were a free agent at the registration deadline, they can sign and register for a club.


{Ed002's Note - No, it is as I said. It depends when he becomes a free agent. If, for example, Lazar Markovic were to come to agreement with Liverpool of October 1 that they were to end their relationship and he were to become a free agent, he cannot sign with Olympiakos until January 1 when the Greek transfer window opens. However, should Lazio decide they wish to sign Ross Turnbull, they can do so now as he was a free agent during the previous transfer window.}



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08 Jun 2018 21:40:58
Does he have a white bmw, because he was causing a massive traffic problem on the A1 this afternoon.




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09 Apr 2018 11:50:41
Surely Reading can't afford his wages? Although they need some help staying in the Championship.


{Ed001's Note - I am not convinced Fellaini could raise his game to reach Championship level.}




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18 Jan 2019 07:03:43
Well that escalated. I can see all the points of view and yes tapping up is against the rules. As for banning anyone doing it, that is difficult I feel as it is not alwys black and white or probably difficult to prove.

Ed01, I think u may have been a little harsh on me, u don't know what I do and I was merely raising an opinion. I understand that it is maybe incorrect compare and this maybe shows a lack of my knowledge.


{Ed001's Note - it wasn't meant to be harsh mate, it wasn't meant to be a dig, I was trying to explain how important they are seen to be in comparison to the rest of us. When someone is in the top 0.1% of their profession, like a Premier League player is, they are assets that need to be protected. I wasn't meaning it in a personal 'you' way, I was meaning you in a general worker way. The fact that you don't know that it is applicable in all businesses shows that you are not at the level they are. I realise it is difficult to emphasise something like this without it feeling like I am having a dig at you, but that is down to me rushing to put out a reply, unlike when I write an article and can spend the time rewriting a point over and over again if needed. Just put it aside as being you personally and think of it as like the royal we, referring to all of us that are not at the top of our professions. I apologise for not taking the time to rewrite it to make it less personal feeling, I was literally typing it as it came to my mind, so never took the time to develop the explanation into a well-formed argument.}



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17 Jan 2019 16:43:58
Surely that is the players problem? They are all adults with there own brains.

If I am approached by another company to work for them, I can make that decision on my own head?

I can maybe understand it not being allowed for players under 18 or 21.

I also do not think that, 'because it is against the rules' is an argument, rules are changed all the time because they are not fit for purpose anymore.


{Ed001's Note - what you do in your life is not even close to what happens in football, please drop that comparison, it is ridiculous and pointless.

If you just allow clubs to constantly tap up and approach whoever they want, the whole thing just becomes a mess. This is not like your business, where no one even knows who the hell you are or cares. So it is very rare you are going to get headhunted and there are rules in place to deal with that too anyway. The only reason your company would not be complaining would be because you are so insignificant they just don't care what you do.

If you mattered, like a footballer does to his club, then you could not simply be approached and offered a contract in any walk of life.}



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17 Jan 2019 16:28:19
I might get a lot of disagrees for this but I just do not see this whole tapping up issue as a problem. I am not saying this just because Klopp has done it.

I genuinely cannot see the harm in approaching a player to see if they want to join your team. In the normal world it happens all the time.

I am open minded with this, so if someone has a reason why it isn't good then please reply?


{Ed001's Note - because it is against the rules and can mess with a player's head.}



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03 Jan 2019 15:27:31
That was a comprehensive prediction.

Who do we complain to if it doesn't happen exactly that way?


{Ed025's Note - just write to ED002 piff...hes my agent.. :)



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03 Jan 2019 14:42:50
Be positive and it will happen, hopefully.

Soo nervous.