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Premier League chairman fears World Cup winning stars will never get a chance

Date Posted,July 23, 2017

Richard Scudamore fears England’s Young Lions will struggle to break into the Premier League because of the wealth and the scouting at clubs’ disposal.

While the senior team continue to struggle at the highest level, England’s kids have enjoyed a Golden Summer, reaching the semi-final of the Under-21 European Championship, winning the Under-19 equivalent and winning the Under-20 World Cup.

The successes sparked calls for clubs to place more faith in the homegrown talent next season instead of splashing the cash.

Those calls have fallen on deaf ears with transfer records being broken up and down the country to increase the intense competition in the toughest league in the world.

“We have to be realistic,” said Premier League executive chairman Scudamore. “There’s only going to be a small number who will make it into what are now the world’s biggest clubs.

Scudamore has major concerns for the future of England’s young guns (Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville)
Calvert-Lewin will be hoping he does not lose his place in the Everton team (Image: AFP/Getty Images)
England produced a string of inspired performances to win the U20 World Cup (Image: FIFA/Getty Images)

“We have 20 clubs in the Premier League out of top 30-35 clubs in the world. Our clubs can buy any player if they wanted to.

“They can scout the world. Some of our clubs have 50 scouts in the UK let alone around the world. The idea that a local boy, born and raised two miles from the club, is going to get into that first team on a sustained basis at our very top clubs…it will happen but it won’t happen every week or year.

“It’s going to happen every few years because it’s a global game. We have to be honest.

“When you blamed [the Premier League] for England failures we said: ‘It ain’t us.’ We can’t sit here this summer and say [that their success is down to us].

Everton have a large contingent of promising youth starlets (Image: AFP)
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“These young boys have done well. Clearly the work going on in the academies is bringing forward people who are as good as what other youth development systems are doing anywhere in Europe.

“Does that mean they’ll all be the next Ronaldo or Messi? I don’t know. Some will. Some will get jolly good careers at Premier League clubs. Some at top clubs.

“Some with other clubs that didn’t develop them and others will make very good Championship players, have a very nice life and a good career.

Under-20 boss Paul Simpson celebrates the summer success (Image: FIFA/Getty Images)
Tottenham’s Kyle Walker-Peters and Josh Onomah celebrate (Image: FIFA/Getty Images)

“[But] the idea that the 11 that started the Under-19s or the Under-20s are all going to be challenging for the Premier League title in three years time, let’s be realistic. That’s not to say it’s not fantastic and much more encouraging than it has been.”

Scudamore was in Hong Kong to promote the Premier League’s work with fans and communities around the world away from the pitch.

But he admitted his organisation is also working tirelessly to ensure the conditions are right for the top flight’s biggest clubs not to want to form their own, breakaway league.

The billions of Everton majority shareholder Farad Moshiri have enabled the Toffees to spend so aggressively this summer that they are being seen as potential contenders for a top four place.

Calvert-Lewin has been showing his potential with Everton in the Premier League (Image: FIFA via Getty Images)
Richard Scudamore
Scudamore says the Premier League needs to keep developing (Image: Getty)

The big six has already become a big seven. Scudamore said: “Keeping all the clubs thinking the Premier League is going in the right direction, is delivering, doing right by them, is a core, fundamental part of the job.

“We don’t live every day thinking of a breakaway threat. We do think every day: ‘Are we doing what the clubs would have us do today to take the the league forward?’

“There is no threat as such but it doesn’t meant to say our focus is to make sure that threat does not exist. Our modus operandi is to keep this a cohesive league with all the clubs wanting to be a part of it.

“It’s about making sure those conditions that may spawn the thought of a breakaway don’t exist and right now we are in a very good position.”

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