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Brexit: How will it affect the Premier League?

It comes without surprise that all 20 of the current Premier League clubs were against Brexit in the first place. With Britain set to leave the EU on March 29th, and a ‘no deal’ Brexit looming closer by the minute, what will happen to The Premier League and English football in the future? 

 

The first likely outcome of Brexit on English football is the restriction on the movement of players from Europe to the UK, and vice versa. Players will most likely have to acquire work permits when transferring from The UK to Europe. It is estimated that only 60% of all players in the top flight are UK nationals, so there is major potential of future issues within the league. The clarity of movements in the transfer market may be completely hindered, with it being harder for Premier League clubs to sign European talent, and harder for players with UK citizenship to move to European clubs. Furthermore, with the Champions League quarter finals set to take place just two weeks after the March deadline, and four out of eight teams being from the UK, how will the final three stages pan out?

 

Another potential issue Brexit may reveal regards the 1995 Bosman ruling. The Bosman ruling has made a vital development to football around Europe, allowing players to act as free agents once their contract with the club has expired. The ruling came after three separate legal cases between Jean-Marc Bosman and UEFA, The Belgian FA and Bosman’s club at the time – Royal Football Club De Liege. Bosman won his case at The European Court of Justice in 1995. With the UK departing European jurisdiction, and it no longer being a requirement to follow EU law, UK players could potentially be at risk from a lack of free movement. 

 

The FA has already made a pre-Brexit statement regarding all teams in the Football Leagues. Back in November, they stated that every roster must consist of a minimum of 12 players from a UK background. This could have a positive and negative effect on the league; forcing managers to train with a more ‘British’ based team, leading to further player development and possibly lead to a stronger English, Welsh and Scottish national teams. However, it could lead to a lack of European talent in Premier League teams. Talented players such as Van Dijk, De Bruyne, Sane and Hazard may aim to look at joining major clubs in Europe, to mitigate against the uncertainty that Brexit may bring. Premier League scouts will most likely put their focus on British talent, and the number of European players brought to the top flight could be dramatically reduced. Furthermore, more pressure may be weighted on football academies, as there is an increased need for young English talent. This would lead to the increased development of young English players, the likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Callum Hodson-Odoi all generated their success through excelling in their respected football academies. Could Brexit result in a breakthrough for unseen flair?

 

The main question on everyone’s mind is “Can Britain beat Brexit?” Although the outcomes still remain indistinct, it is clear that it could be rough. Lets just hope that it doesn’t tarnish our league and restrict the luminous football we are all so familiar with. 

West Ham should look to take this midfielder on loan

West Ham have had the worse possible start the Premier League season after they have lost their first 3 games, scoring just 2 goals and conceding 10. 

Manager Slavan Bilic met with the clubs owners earlier in the week to discuss the start to the season with many thinking it was the end of the Croatians tenure with the ‘Hammers’, but he has been aloud to continue in his role and the club appear to be backing him in this transfer window as they had a loan offer rejected this morning for Everton winger Kevin Mirallas.

They were also heavily linked with Sporting CP player William Carvalho but the clubs couldn’t agree a fee so the deal collapsed, leaving the ‘Hammers’ looking around for new targets.

One midfielder that looks to be available in this window, having been linked with Birmingham City is Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Jack Wilshere – The Arsenal midfielder spent last season out on loan at Bournemouth to get some game time after coming back from injury, and after not being involved with the first team in the Premier League games so far this season, it appears he is down the pecking order at the Emirates stadium so may look for a move away.

With Bilic clearly looking for a player that can sit in front of the defence after being linked with William Carvalho, he could turn his attentions to Wilshere ahead of the transfer window shutting. The only stumbling block would be if Wilshere would head to London rivals West Ham from Arsenal.

West Ham fans would you take Jack Wilshere at your club? Let us know in the comments below…

 

Sunderland should look to sign this experienced striker

Sunderland were a team that many thought might be in the mix for promotion this season, but have started the campaign by picking up 5 points out of a possible 15 and lie in 19th place in the Championship.

Simon Grayson has bought in no fewer than 9 new faces to the Stadium of Light to help the ‘Black Cats’ try and achieve promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, but it appears that those signings are going to take some time to gel.

The club bought in striker James Vaughan on a permanent deal from Bury and Lewis Grabben on loan from Bournemouth, but with the club only scoring 5 goals in their opening 5 fixtures in the league it would appear that they may need to add some extra firepower to their squad.

With this in mind the club should turn to Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack.

Ross McCormack – The versatile Scotsman has found himself on the fringes of the Aston Villa squad, appearing just once this season in the EFL cup. Having made a big money move last season to Villa Park from Fulham he struggled for form only finding the back of the net on 4 occasions.

Despite only finding the back of the net on a few occasions last season, McCormack has scored plenty of goals throughout his career, with his most prolific spell coming at Leeds United where he scored 53 goals. He can also play out wide on the left wing which would give Simon Grayson another option, and should he make the move to Sunderland he could prove to be a very good signing for the ‘Black Cats’.

Sunderland fans would you like to see Ross McCormack at your club? Let us know in the comments below…

Outgoings expected at Wigan Athletic on Deadline-Day

It’s all about keeping hold of their best players on transfer deadline day for Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic manager, Paul Cook, has had a busy window since moving from Portsmouth in May and insists he won’t be planning on making any last-minute panic buys.

He said: “I’ve never really agreed with managers doing things on deadline day – I’ve never been one for that.

He added: “As a manager, of course, you’re always looking to add, in terms of depth of squad and strength of the squad.

“But we’re certainly still looking to move some players out, that’s for sure.”

After the brilliant start to the season, Paul Cook is happy with his squad and will try his best to keep his key players but remains active just in case a club makes a deadline-day swoop for one of his players.

“As far as we’re concerned, will we do any more business? I don’t know.

“That sometimes depends on who leaves the club.

“Actively, with all due respect, we’re being as active as we can possibly be to cover all sorts of possibilities.”

The latest signing was made yesterday with Gary Roberts signing on a free after leaving Portsmouth.

Gary brings a huge amount of Football League experience to the young Latics squad and he was in the Sky Bet League 2 winning squad for Portsmouth last season, managed by Paul Cook.

 

Harry Redknapp closes in on yet another signing

Birmingham are closing in on Brentford’s Jota, according to Sky Sports News HQ, who understand a £6million fee has been agreed between the two clubs.

Jota has been the subject of interest from Fulham and Middlesbrough in recent weeks, while Premier League Burnley and Swansea were also interested in the Spaniard, but neither firmed up their interest.

It is believed that Middlesbrough and Fulham were keen to follow up their interest, but the price they were quoted, was higher than the £6 million that Birmingham are paying.

Jota has been influential for the Bees throughout his stint in West London, playing a key role in Brentford’s push for promotion in the 14/15 season, where he set the league alight.

Upon his return to Griffin Park last season, after spending time with Eibar, Jota slotted back in seamlessly, scoring a hatful of goals to end the season with, which appears to have earned him a move.