Report: FA may bring in new rule that could affect Spurs’ ability to sign foreign players

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According to Sky Sports, the Football Association has urged all Premier League clubs to accept a new system that would stop lower-quality foreign imports from coming into the league.

The entry requirements into the UK are set to change at the end of the Brexit transition period and Premier League clubs are thus required to reach a new agreement with the FA before October 31.

When the transition period comes to an end, the current entry requirements for players coming to the country from abroad also have to change.

The FA reportedly believe that the new system that has been proposed will benefit the pipeline of young British talent coming through at various clubs.

While the system will make it difficult for clubs to sign “lower-quality” players from within the EU, FA chairman Greg Clarke assured clubs that it would increase their access to the global market outside the union.

Clarke also suggested that the proposed changes will only impact the team’s ability to sign young, unproven players and will virtually have no effect on first-team signings.

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It sounds like this proposal will mainly stop clubs like Chelsea from being able to rope in the best young talents from across the world into their academy, which has almost become a conveyer belt of young talent, with little attention being paid to developing these youngsters. This could benefit clubs like Southampton and Spurs, where the academy is primarily focused on scouting local talent and giving them the tools and coaching needed to eventually make the step up.

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