Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned Greg Dyke that his plans to preserve young talent in England might damage the quality of football across the nation.
The FA chairman this week voiced his desire to have the homegrown quota placed on every Premier League club altered, in order to produce more young English talent.
Under Premier League rules, each team must name eight homegrown players in a 25 man squad with those under the age of 21 not required to be named in that 25-man list but can still be used throughout the season. According to the Premier League a homegrown player is one who, ‘irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday’.
Greg Dyke wants the number of homegrown players in each Premier League squad to be increased from eight to twelve (via the Guardian)
Wenger has been vocal against this for some time and took the chance to reinforce his opinion whilst on French television during the international break.
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“I believe that we are in the world of competition. Competition means who of you or me is the best one. We have to accept that,” the boss told beIN Sports (via the Mirror).
“That means as well that the rules of the game must be structured to favour the best. Or we are not in a competition anymore.
“So we can say one of two things – we protect the mediocre or we produce the best players.”
Wenger has been accused of favouring more foreign talent in the past, but a quick glance at our squad shows that the Frenchman is only interested in a player’s quality, not their status of their passport.