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1 Posted 01/12/2018 at 06:08:08
2 Posted 01/12/2018 at 07:54:07
I do see that the big clubs will continue to work around it with sale and buy-back, sell-on clauses, and first options on players they have placed with cooperative official and unofficial feeder clubs.
This might stop buying young talent for the sole purpose of loaning them out to gain increase in transfer value. But if the ex-trainee proves it – they'll still get their cut or first dibs, if they prove they can make the level. The big clubs always win.
3 Posted 01/12/2018 at 08:30:35
It's going to take a concerted effort by the "smaller" clubs to not give in to the bigger ones and force them to deal with transfers in a fairer way.
Once the bigger clubs start to face the possibility of being stuck with a larger number of players, more than they want, because the smaller clubs won't be held to ransom, we could see a wind of change.... or at least a breeze!
4 Posted 01/12/2018 at 08:55:04
5 Posted 01/12/2018 at 09:08:36
6 Posted 01/12/2018 at 14:31:32
7 Posted 01/12/2018 at 16:03:26
Less facetiously, this is only half an answer as some sort of competition is needed to stretch younger players or to extend, or limit, feeder clubs used in lower divisions of some European leagues.
Some sports in other countries have a sort of warm-up game between clubs' youth teams prior to the main game and without having to change in the car park.
8 Posted 01/12/2018 at 18:42:35
About your point of (paraphrasing) local players who grow up with the club, versus imports who are transferred in by the endeavours of scouts, the like of which have earned us a transfer ban at this level — I wonder if there would be a way to protect one while discouraging the other?
It would be a bit like the Homegrown business they brought in a few years back now, rules which I have to wonder were ever effective? You never heard of anyone being hauled up or disciplined for not having enough so-called homegrown players?
Even so, I wonder if you could implement a ban on transfers below a certain age? Maybe that's what they've done in effect by imposing a minimum age before you can sign a professional contract.
9 Posted 04/12/2018 at 10:14:40
10 Posted 05/12/2018 at 09:59:27
Clubs like ours get the extra players we need, and allow us to move lads out who need game time to stand a better chance of getting in our first team, or give themselves a chance of a permanent deal elsewhere.
Clubs like Chelsea use it to make money, but again, I have no problem with that, that is their way of keeping up with clubs like Man Utd who have more income due to fan-base.
Imo we shouldn't break a system that's currently okay.
11 Posted 13/12/2018 at 20:41:41
It's an interesting read and a very innovative idea that merits further exploration, IMO.
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