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Monday, 14 October 2013

Premier League clubs don't have the time or patience to develop England's next generation

Premier League clubs don't have the time or patience to develop England's next generation

Mark Lawrenson looks at why helping England and Greg Dyke's commission ranks low on the Premier League's list of priorities
Loan ranger: England's newest star has played for TEN clubs already
Loan ranger: England's newest star has played for TEN clubs already
Matt Lewis - The FA
Have a look at the list of clubs that have had Andros Townsend on loan from Spurs.
Then have a think about the most glaring omission from the list of names and organisations already on Greg Dyke’s FA Commission.
It’s the Premier League. Where are they? Why are they not buying into the bid to improve the England team?
They were offered the chance to get on board and turned it down. And as soon as that happens you think, ‘What’s the point?’
Everyone is tearing into the other members of the commission but their frustration is being focused on the wrong area.
The impact of the Premier League in relation to the national side has been one of the single biggest issues of the last 10 years.
Were it not for the influx of foreign players Townsend would not have had to schlep around 10 clubs [including his own] before getting a run of games good enough for him to show what he could do.
If it were not for the spiralling ­expectations in the top flight, managers would have the time to blood young players and stick with them until they reach the point that Townsend has, fulfilling his potential on the biggest stage of all.
Instead, most Premier League managers look at young players and then ask, ‘Is he better than what I’ve got? No. I need three points so I’m going to go with x or y’.
It’s a culture that we have created in this country. One in which a top-flight boss now thinks to himself, ‘If I go into this club and do two years I’ve swum the channel’.
His job isn’t to bring through young players. It is to keep the club in the Premier League, challenge for Europe, get the club into the top four or win the title.
So even if he has the patience to bring through a young talent, his club, his fans, his board do not.
Greg Dyke's commission is missing one key name
The FA
So there is no surprise that Joe Hart has been on loan to Tranmere, ­Blackpool and Birmingham.
Or that Gary Cahill was sent out to Burnley and Sheffield United. Ditto Frank Lampard with Swansea, Daniel Sturridge at Bolton and Danny Welbeck at Preston.
The Premier League’s priority appears to be maintaining its ­popularity around the world.
If that means bringing in the best players, the star names and the crowd pullers at the expense of young English talent then clearly the view appears to be that such a policy is acceptable.
The Premier League’s decision to turn down a seat at the table looking at the way forward speaks volumes.

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