We’ve heard arguments about how the influx of foreign players is hurting English football (and have those arguments suitably refuted). Now we have Jonathan Moynihan, a Barcelona fan, talking about why foreign players give the Premier League its much-vaunted ‘elite’ status.
It’s not surprise to anyone who keeps up in today’s futbol world that EPL is one of the top, if not the top league in the world. The standard of play grows with each new transfer and year as foreign influences effect and dazzle these traditional and classic English clubs.
Without the pizzaz of foreign players, the nation of England would not be the center of the futbol world, as it is now. Take a look at the top foreign players in each of the top 4 clubs of England. Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Liverpool all have key strikers from outside nations that lead their team in goals with the exception of Manchester United with Rooney leading the team in goals.
However, it’s no secret that Cristiano is the supplier of beauty in a Manchester attack. And not just goals, but excitement and scoring chances as well. Take a look at these comparative statistics between the English nationals and their foreign teammates:
-Drogba, 43 goals since 2004
-Lampard, 64 goals since 2001
-Henry, 174 goals since 1999
-Is there a lead English player?
-C. Ronaldo, 35 since 2003
-Rooney, 41 goals since 2004
-I will note the excitement that Ronaldo brings that can only be supplied by his playing style, creativity and assists.
With the arrival of Fernando Torres, it’s not doubt that Liverpool will no longer be the team of strategy and tactics, but a more free flowing spectacle and a club that can be described as ambassadors of the beautiful game.
Like Liverpool, Manchester United will reap the benefits of a new foreign transfer in Carlos Tevez. The big question is if he can be the supporting character to Wayne Rooney, but regardless of that answer, Tevez will be another footballer with the ability to bring excitement and beauty to another historic English club.
The top four clubs of England all have lower than 40% of it’s squad being actual Englishmen, and dropping all the way to 12% in Arsenal.
All I can say is, thank God for transfers, and thank God for the EPL.