Chelsea has always been centre of this controversy by housing upwards of 30 young British players before shipping them abroad to the Netherlands or to the Championship. One of the best examples of this is not English but is still a prime example of the issue.
Lucas Piazon. He is still a Chelsea footballer. He has been at the club since 2012 and has made 1 appearance. Since that time he has been to Malaga, Vitesse, Frankfurt, Reading and currently Fulham which has been where he has stayed for the past 2 years. Until 2015 there was the very real possibility that he could have eventually made it into the big leagues and even made it into the Brazil Squad but it seems as though his time in the English 2nd division has condemned him to that level for many years to come.
It has always been my thinking that the English football team would improve if young English talent would take the stride and go abroad to other top European leagues where they are more like to get a chance. As much as people don’t like to admit it leagues like the German league and Italian league are good and challenging leagues. No they may not contain as many good players but that’s exactly the point, a skilful, fast and young Brit is much more likely to make it in a team abroad than they are at home. For one they stand out more because there aren’t many of them plus they get the opportunity to play in front of tens of thousands of fans week in week out to show them all what they’ve got at the top level. Step forward Jadon Sancho.
Yesterday Sancho made his first appearance in an England 1st team shirt (All be it in front of no-one) and it's all thanks to his willingness to move abroad and challenge himself in Germany. In January of this year I went to Berlin to watch Hertha v Dortmund the stand out player in that game was Sancho he was so quick his passing was sublime and he was only 17! Me and my Dad both said at the time it was only a matter of time before he was in the England squad. The skills that he is learning in Germany is completely unique to all other young British players and in his short cameo for the England squad yesterday you could see his skills and on his only two opportunities on the ball he created two great chances. And so…
In a new series recommended by a guy I saw comment on a BBC article the other day every month starting at the end of October I am going to be looking at some of our boys abroad and review their month and their chances of breaking into England’s top players. The Players that are likely to feature are (They are only going to be players that I consider to be first team players who are making a consistent amount of appearances plus maybe a few younger scarlet's):
Ronaldo Vieira Nan
If there’s any other Brits abroad that you think deserve recognition please leave a comment. Thanks for reading.