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Villa Receive Automatic Boost From Next Season

Unfortunately the Premier League haven't decided to grant us a 20 point lead, but our 'buy British' policy could have unforeseen rewards.

According to Sky Sports, the Premier League's Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has finally got his way on both a 'home grown' ruling and a maximum named squad capacity of 25 bodies.

From the start of next season the new regulations will come into force (obviously subject to any appeals, legal shenanigans about restricting right to work etc and all the usual stuff bandied around when there's talk of caps) which will see clubs required to have at least 8 home grown players in their roster of 25 bodies.

Additionally, alterations to that list of 25 can only take place during the summer and January transfer windows.

'As of next season clubs will be required to have a squad named of up to 25 players, of which no more than 17 can be over the age of 21 and not home grown,' said Scudamore.

The home grown definition is straight forward though, players have to be trained for three years under the age of 21 by somebody in the English and Welsh professional system.

I await the appeal from a Scottish player for a start.

However, for a club like us with a very strong and young reserve team, players aged under 21 are basically exempt from this limitation and from my understanding can continue to pass freely into our first team squad.

The overall design is to boost the chances of the National team, which personally is a laughable joke. International football, albeit a money spinner for the associated organisations, is a football bonus, it's a frill.

I support Villa, I wouldn't shed a tear if we no longer had a National team pulling our players out of the squad for pointless friendlies and interrupting our fixture list...breath, moving on.

But Scudamore doesn't believe these changes will lead to player stockpiling, or even more problems with clubs allegedly enticing young foreign players (or homegrown for that matter) into their academies, instead he believes it will add value (read increase prices) to existing homegrown talent and also encourage clubs to dig deeper when it comes to their own academies and youth systems.

Can I use the word homegrown again I wonder?

Now as said with our policy of buying British naturally, and more importantly our sterling work in identifying new talent this won't pose a problem for us - if anything it gives us a clear advantage on some clubs from the get go.

But you do have to wonder how the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal will approach this, especially Chelsea with their two year transfer embargo.

Now you would presume they've already agreed to these changes so have a plan up their sleeves, but it could be a very interesting one to watch...

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 15 2009

Time: 7:00AM

Your Comments

Arsenal's current squad already meets the requirements. Most of our foreign players meet the homegrown definition because they have been at Arsenal for more than 3 years while they were under the age of 21. Chelsea, on the other hand, might have a problem.
gunnerkid107
Arsenal's current squad already meets the requirements. Most of our foreign players meet the homegrown definition because they have been at Arsenal for more than 3 years while they were under the age of 21. Chelsea, on the other hand, might have a problem.
gunnerkid107
It won't work and they will have to scrap it. Not sure how it benefits anyone, we will constantly have to sell players on once they reach 22 unless they are an automatic pick. Absolute joke, it will damage our league in the long run, that 6-5 rule would have been better, 6 English players in every starting eleven, squads of 25, ridiculous!!!
young_jonah
It won't work and they will have to scrap it. Not sure how it benefits anyone, we will constantly have to sell players on once they reach 22 unless they are an automatic pick. Absolute joke, it will damage our league in the long run, that 6-5 rule would have been better, 6 English players in every starting eleven, squads of 25, ridiculous!!!
young_jonah
And as for England, who gives a flying *****, does anyone even care about them anymore?
young_jonah
And as for England, who gives a flying *****, does anyone even care about them anymore?
young_jonah
If it evens up the playing field then grand but it wont & as YJ has already said - how many people care about England anymore?
Sheriff Kimbo
If it evens up the playing field then grand but it wont & as YJ has already said - how many people care about England anymore?
Sheriff Kimbo
i do Jonah. i love the international football. i know its a cash cow for the powers that be, but the majority of people dont watch the games with that in mind, they just enjoy watching englands finest playing together.
bobbyfett
Is anyone worried that this might mean the top clubs come sniffing around our top English players? Chelsea for Young etc
claret&blue82
i do Jonah. i love the international football. i know its a cash cow for the powers that be, but the majority of people dont watch the games with that in mind, they just enjoy watching englands finest playing together.
bobbyfett
Is anyone worried that this might mean the top clubs come sniffing around our top English players? Chelsea for Young etc
claret&blue82
Yes, I care about England - being English and all. However, I do see your point in how it would ever 'boost the chances of the National team'. I think it has been proven that foreign players add flair and technique to our own football culture - the pro's have admitted this themselves in recent seasons. Saying this, we need to find a balance between keeping supporters happy with big name foreign signings, and ensuring that players brought through the academys are not pushed out on loan, forgotten about and end up at non-league clubs, as seems to be the common case. Then again they should try harder shouldn't they?! Have I made any sense, or is this just early morning rambling?!
Mikey D-Man
Yes, I care about England - being English and all. However, I do see your point in how it would ever 'boost the chances of the National team'. I think it has been proven that foreign players add flair and technique to our own football culture - the pro's have admitted this themselves in recent seasons. Saying this, we need to find a balance between keeping supporters happy with big name foreign signings, and ensuring that players brought through the academys are not pushed out on loan, forgotten about and end up at non-league clubs, as seems to be the common case. Then again they should try harder shouldn't they?! Have I made any sense, or is this just early morning rambling?!
Mikey D-Man
I do not think you have interpreted that correct young jonah. As I read it, you can have a squad of twenty five 35 year olds if you want, as long as 8 of them are home grown. Obviously we would be OK but as mentioned earlier Chelsea may struggle but not as much as you would first think. Of their regular starting line up only Cashley Cole, Cry baby Terry, Fat Frank and Joe Cole meet the criteria. They also have Hutchinson, Sturridge and Taylor. I am unsure about Anelka because I do not know how long he was trained at the Arse under the age of 21. But Cech, Boswinga, Carvalho, Essien, Ballack, Dogbreath, Malouda, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Hillario, Matic, Ivanovic, Ferreria, Alex, Bruma, Belletti and Deco will be a problem considering the transfer ban. So they 7 or 8 players who fill the criteria but half of them are squad players at best. But there squad is 28 players. A sthey are not allowed to buy or sell I am unsure of how they would get around this. Liverpool may have bigger problems.
voiceoftheholte
I do not think you have interpreted that correct young jonah. As I read it, you can have a squad of twenty five 35 year olds if you want, as long as 8 of them are home grown. Obviously we would be OK but as mentioned earlier Chelsea may struggle but not as much as you would first think. Of their regular starting line up only Cashley Cole, Cry baby Terry, Fat Frank and Joe Cole meet the criteria. They also have Hutchinson, Sturridge and Taylor. I am unsure about Anelka because I do not know how long he was trained at the Arse under the age of 21. But Cech, Boswinga, Carvalho, Essien, Ballack, Dogbreath, Malouda, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Hillario, Matic, Ivanovic, Ferreria, Alex, Bruma, Belletti and Deco will be a problem considering the transfer ban. So they 7 or 8 players who fill the criteria but half of them are squad players at best. But there squad is 28 players. A sthey are not allowed to buy or sell I am unsure of how they would get around this. Liverpool may have bigger problems.
voiceoftheholte
It sounds a bit of a gimmick but it can only benifit us, if nothing else the price of our english player will go up 30% overnight. Also heard the 5/6 rule comes in in 2 seasons? not sure if this is confirmed
ClaretAndBlue82
It sounds a bit of a gimmick but it can only benifit us, if nothing else the price of our english player will go up 30% overnight. Also heard the 5/6 rule comes in in 2 seasons? not sure if this is confirmed
ClaretAndBlue82
what about homegrown players MF, don't think you mentioned them? :o)
The Fear
what about homegrown players MF, don't think you mentioned them? :o)
The Fear
I love watching England play - and I have just as many fond memories of glorious failure for England as similar glorious failure for the Villa....plus as it stands we nearly have England playing at Villa Park every week anyway. Nothing wrong with a bit of patriotism every now and again.....especially when it gives you those 'hairs standing up on the back of the neck' moments. A few spring to mind immediately - Beck's free kick against Greece, Platty's overhead against Belgium, Stuey's redeeming penalty against Spain, little Mickey Owen's dazzling run and goal against the Argies....the absolute spanking of Holland in Euro96 (and the goal Seamen let in through his legs to send the Scots home).....all magic moments for me, and my football watching life would be much, much poorer without them!
YatesyVillain
I love watching England play - and I have just as many fond memories of glorious failure for England as similar glorious failure for the Villa....plus as it stands we nearly have England playing at Villa Park every week anyway. Nothing wrong with a bit of patriotism every now and again.....especially when it gives you those 'hairs standing up on the back of the neck' moments. A few spring to mind immediately - Beck's free kick against Greece, Platty's overhead against Belgium, Stuey's redeeming penalty against Spain, little Mickey Owen's dazzling run and goal against the Argies....the absolute spanking of Holland in Euro96 (and the goal Seamen let in through his legs to send the Scots home).....all magic moments for me, and my football watching life would be much, much poorer without them!
YatesyVillain
voiceoftheholte - dont forget turnbull (who they obviously signed for his ability and not with these rules in mind whatsoever), but chelsea can sell players. the ban was on "registering new players" in either of the next two transfer windows. and yes i still love watching england. world cup's & euros are the only time when all football fans of every club come together and support the team representing our country, and while im not actually the most patriotic of people, it really ****s me off when people say they dont give a **** anymore
lurman
voiceoftheholte - dont forget turnbull (who they obviously signed for his ability and not with these rules in mind whatsoever), but chelsea can sell players. the ban was on "registering new players" in either of the next two transfer windows. and yes i still love watching england. world cup's & euros are the only time when all football fans of every club come together and support the team representing our country, and while im not actually the most patriotic of people, it really ****s me off when people say they dont give a **** anymore
lurman
 

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