The financial crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to have a major impact on the footballing world with transfer fees and player salaries expected to fall drastically (The Sun).
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has already called for discussions to be held over the possibility of capping wages (Sky Sports).
There is expected to be a bigger emphasis on developing young talent through the academy than buying established stars on the back of the pandemic.
However, Tifosy have revealed that the clubs in the top five leagues in Europe still trail when it comes to producing their own talent for the first team.
They estimate that only 10 per cent of all players from the top two tiers of England, Spain, Germany, Italy and France qualify as homegrown, with the Premier League’s average standing at 13.1 per cent.
The financial challenges of #Covid19 are expected to encourage clubs to promote more ‘homegrown’ players to reduce wage and transfer outlays. Currently, 10% of all players, 538 out of a total of 5370, came from within their club's youth development system.#sportsbiz #football pic.twitter.com/GWWq6qR4Ep
— Tifosy (@tifosy) June 10, 2020
Among the clubs in the Premier League, it was found that Spurs are one of the best in giving their academy talent a pathway to the first team.
Tottenham’s academy products were found to have played a total of 17,903 minutes last season, which was the second-highest behind Manchester United.
An emphasis on academy talent is expected as #PremierLeague clubs look to reinforce from within due to lasting financial pressures of #COVID19. PA Sport data shows MUFC led the way in 2018/19 with academy graduates playing over 27,000 mins for PL clubs.#SportsBiz #Academy pic.twitter.com/CQngCvyZ1H
— Tifosy (@tifosy) June 9, 2020
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Let’s not forget that Paul Pogba would count as a ‘homegrown’ player for Manchester United despite them paying big money to sing him back and that inflates their numbers. It certainly looks as if we have a steady stream of talents coming through the youth set up at the moment with Skipp, Tanganga, Parrot, Cirkin, White etc.
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