Trevor Brooking as recently been criticizing Manchester City and Chelsea for stunting England’s future by hoarding talented youngsters with no intention of playing them. Both teams have a significant number of young players out on loan. In addition their first team squads are predominantly made up of non -English players.
However, perhaps Norwich City should also been taken to task with their recent player recruitments. Apart from the three English goalkeepers they now able to list a match team squad with no English players:
Defenders: Pinto , Whittaker, Bassong, Martin, Olssen, Brady, Klose
Midfield: Ofoe, Tettey, Mulumbu, Hoolahan, Andreu, Dorrnans.
Strikers: Lafferty, Mbokani, Naismith.
Over recent seasons a number of talented youngsters have been bought and none have come close to featuring in the first team. Signings include McGrandles, Godfrey and Louis Thompson who are or soon will be sent out on loan, but realistically will any of them be in the first team squads in the next two seasons.
In addition The Canaries have an exceptional youth team set up with many exciting prospects. A significant number are out on loan gaining valuable first team experience but again will any of them make the first team at Carrow Road over the next couple of seasons if we remain in The Premier League.
Should we care as Norwich City supporters that we are unlikely to see too many talented English youngsters grace the hallowed turf?
Is it our team’s responsibility to assist the England national team by giving young English players a chance to shine?
Or does it not matter where we sign players from as long as we stay in The Premier League