The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

FOR years, we’ve all prop­a­gated the myth that English play­ers aren’t much good.

That a lack of tal­ent – rather than trust – is be­hind the Premier League’s ever-in­creas­ing for­eign quota.

Yet the suc­cess of Le­ices­ter and Bournemouth is help­ing to re­verse that tide.

Both sides are packed with English­men of vary­ing ages who, prior to pro­mo­tion, were re­garded as ‘lower league’ play­ers.

Wes Mor­gan, Danny Simp­son, Danny Drinkwa­ter. Si­mon Fran­cis, Char­lie Daniels, Harry Arter, Matt Ritchie.

Not many Premier League man­agers were clam­our­ing to sign that lot.

But all have proved – via some tough lessons and chas­ten­ing de­feats – that ex­po­sure to qual­ity op­po­si­tion and the trust of a man­ager can spark ex­po­nen­tial im­prove­ment.

Drinkwa­ter is even on Roy Hodg­son’s radar.

Give English play­ers a chance and they’ll mix it with the best.

The only thing hold­ing them back is the man­agers who per­sist in buy­ing bang-av­er­age dross from across the globe.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.