Welcome to Tuesday.
First up on the agenda, the horrendous news coming in from Berlin that Ozil firstly flew to Germany with a cold. I take great offense to this sort of behaviour. You know you're ill, yet you think it's acceptable to jump on a plane and spread your disease to other unassuming passengers.
Not on Ozil, not on.
SECONDLY, he went out partying with pals whilst there. Again, this is unacceptable, we should fine him, lash him 50 times and loan him out with Tony Pulis for the remainder of the season.
Or, we can just chill out and think about this for a second. We're coming into the action part of the season, Ozil has come back in from injury and played all the games. He's been given some time off for a cold, which to me sounds like a load of nonsense, you don't give grown men time off for a cold, he's been given time off for rest. Players need that. Rest isn't just about the body, it's also a major part of mental side of the game. Take some time away from your team mates, hang out with your family and friends and get away from it all.
I think it's a good move. Also, it's important to realise that partying for Ozil isn't partying like it would be for you. He's not necking 16 Jaeger Bombs, spunking £200 in a strip club and nailing a mixed meat and chips at 4 in the morning. It means he was in a club. Drinking ginger beer or something embarrassing like that.
A bit of time out of the game is what we need. Hopefully he won't be picked for Germany.
Interesting that all the English Liverpool players have picked up knocks and strains ahead of the most pointless international break of all time. These breaks are so selfish. They really, really make little sense. The whole international football thing is a waste of time. It needs ripping down and starting again. The clubs are the power brokers these days. International football is tarnished with corruption, it's self serving and it's TV viewing figures are only so because they take all the club football off the box when it happens.
As for Greg Dyke and his comments about English players. Jeez, change the fucking record. The solution to bringing more English players through isn't to choke the rest of the Premiership. We're already in a situation where clubs like Manchester City are gaming the homegrown system by purchasing substandard English players to hit their targets. The issue with English players sits at grassroots. Invest more there, give the Premier League clubs more options when they scout and we're away.
Here are the rules:
Under the proposals outlined by the FA on Monday:
- A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - down from 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'.
- The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
- At least two home-grown players must also be 'club-trained' players - defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their club from the age of 15.
- Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England.
Surely bring the age for homegrown down to 15 just means we have the grotesque situation where we're farming over children to make sure we hit the quotas? I mean, look, there's even more money in the game to do things like this. You can't price Premier League clubs out of gaming these rules these days. They're utterly pointless.
Also, as I've said before, why are we stopping non-EU talent from joining? We miss out on players like young Messi's when we do that. Kind of kills the quality of the league.
See, this is the thing, English clubs desperately want English players because they are premium assets. They sell for a lot and they're highly marketable. Clubs scout abroad to compete. The world is a competitive market. Let's not kill the Premier League product to make for a great World Cup every four years.
I guess another consideration, and this is a purely observational, but countries with less wealth / infrastructure than England seem to churn out fantastic players. So you have on one hand developed countries with better youth systems than us, as well as poorer countries like Brazil (I know they have a lot of wealth, but it doesn't filter to the people very well) who have been slamming out incredible players for years and years.
Why can't we crack the code?
Well, it starts by having an old school FA who seem to point the finger of blame rather than look inwardly about how they're set up. Aidy Boothroyd is in our set up. He's a long ball merchant. That's pathetic. Look at the collection of dinosaurs we have there. We need a total overhaul. The FA is in more need of modernising than the clubs. But it won't happen, and we'll always be sitting here twiddling our thumbs mulling over our failures year after year.
That said, I think we have some superb talent coming through the ranks. Arsenal have players like Dan Crowley pulling up trees with the kids. We have a core of players that we could only have dreamed of a few years ago. Chamberlain being the stand out player for me. However, you can't sniff at Theo, WELBZ and even players like Chambo who will surely come good. Then you look at Southampton, a club that have the blueprint absolutely nailed.
If more Premier League clubs took that approach, where would we be as a nation?
... but here's the thing. All Premiership clubs will move towards that model because it's how football is going! Build a world class infrastructure that doesn't rely on a manager. Produce players that can fund squad building. Become the go to place for young talent globally and reduce your outgoings.
Jeez, I've not idea what happened with that article. But it'll have to do.
I'll catch you tomorrow. Can't be seen to be blogging in my new role... yet.