Will people never get tired of repeating the same old tired and faulty arguments. Sam Allardyce is the latest to hype up the dire straits that the English game is in because of the number of foreign footballer in our top division. The media should not give these thoughtless statements the time of day.
The argument is just plain wrong. The English game has benefited massively from the influx of foreign talent since the Premiership began. In fact the current England squad is probably the strongest we've had for many decades, strange that this has coincided with less English players in the top flight, it completely rides roughshod over arguments like Sam Allardyce. Interestingly Spain have also produced the best side they had for many a year with a record number of foreign players in their top league, strange that.
The fact is that the superior technique of foreign players has forced English clubs to improve their own player development and youth systems. This has meant that we are now producing much better technical footballers than we have for some time, this simply wouldn't have happened without the foreign influx. If it wasn't for the foreign influence we would still be stuck in the dark ages watching a lot more dire direct long ball football.
The enemies of the national game in this country have been the likes of Sam Alllardyce. Managers that encourage a brutal brand of dire over-physical football have helped create a footballing environment in which technique and creativity find it hard to exist, skill and technique are frequently stamped out by cloggers and hackers. Allardyce football produces players like Kevin Nolan and Kevin Davies, players that will never threaten to do anything at a decent level where skill and technique are needed.
The number of English players in the top division is not the thing of greatest importance. If we have a top drawer league with the best players in the world then the English players in this league will have to be of a much higher standard than if we had a weaker league full of more domestic talent. Allardyce et al's argument does not cut the mustard and it should not be given the time of day. Shut it fat Sam you hypocritical cretin.