Premier League: Why Brexit should not affect the League’s transfer policy

Hoping to escape the economic and political clutch of the European Union, the United Kingdom citizens have been deliberating the prospect of exiting the EU for quite some time now.

With the public split on this front, chances are that the referendum, which is scheduled to be held in June, may force Britain to cut the umbilical cord with the EU.


Influence on the Premier League

Should Brexit come to fruition, the functioning of the Premier League will go through drastic changes as European players shall then comply with the Home Office regulations.

Only players who have mustered considerable international caps for nations placed highly in the FIFA rankings will then be granted permission to ply their trade with English clubs.

Dimitri Payet, Anthony Martial, N’Golo Kante, and other PFA award frontrunners’ positions will then be under threat, accordingly.

England football legend Sol Campbell has recently voiced his support for Brexit, stating that the influx of talent from fellow European nations has been denting the Premier League dreams of English youngsters.

“The Premier League is in danger of becoming a free-for-all because, along with the star players, we are seeing teams load up with too many mediocre overseas footballers, especially from Europe, crowding out young English and British talent,” said the former Tottenham Hotspur defender.

He utilized the unexpected rise of Harry Kane to support his claim. However, football has also witnessed many such non-British revelations, and he needs to look no further than his old club Arsenal, where Francis Coquelin rose to prominence in a similar ilk.


Inflated transfer fees and stunted development

Thanks to the compulsion to meet the homegrown quota, market value of English players has already skyrocketed, with the clubs having to break club records for Calum Chambers and the likes only for them to benchwarm.

With even more restrictions on European signings, Premier League could venture into an era where clubs pay Mesut Ozil money for Jonjo Shelvey and Harry Arter.

Conversely, such inflated transfer fees will heap more pressure on young English talents, and more will be the disappointment when the lads fail to live up to the hype.

This season has already seen hyped up players like John Stones, Raheem Sterling, and Theo Walcott underperform whilst Daniel Sturridge, Andros Townsend, and many a Manchester United player — not the high-flying schoolboys — have been characterized by dwindling form.

In one form or the other, paying too much merely for the nationality will surely hamper a lad’s progress drastically.


Homogeneous tactics and England’s volatility

Ravel Morrison is the only recognizable non-finished player playing outside England but has played only 51 league minutes for mid-table club Lazio. Given all the luxuries the English lads enjoy, only a handful play outside the country with little to no considerable success.

Such conditions render the English players homogeneous, with Xavi Hernandez confirming the same when he lauded Jack Wilshere for his passing range stating he “doesn’t play the English way”. Affording the local lads even more priority will make the England national side one-dimensional.

In addition, England, talented as they are, often are inconsistent and unreliable as evinced by their recent international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.

Suffering a two-goal deficit after thumping the World Cup winners prompted a few observers into labelling the comeback victory over the Germans as a fluke as they succumbed to a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of the Netherlands not long after.

Though the current crop features exciting talents like Dele Alli and Jack Butland, it remains to be seen whether they can be the lethal force they could be against world-beaters such as Brazil or Argentina in the long term.

Helping them tussle with the big boys from throughout the continent is imperative to international success.

Indigenous talents from the Football League will undoubtedly benefit greatly if the Brexit applies to the Premier League; however, molding the good Premier League players into world-class players and instilling a strong character in them is possible only if the Football Association convinces the England government to offer relaxations for the beautiful game.


Written by Praveen R. Paramasivam

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