Youth football expert wants homegrown quota for clubs but admits difficulties

We’re delighted to welcome the founder of Kinetic Academy Harry Hudson as our exclusive columnist. Each week the youth football expert will be giving his views on the biggest talking points on wonderkids across the UK…

There are thousands of kids across the country trying to make their way in youth football but the number that reach the senior game is low.

Many academies up and down the country will release several players every single year as they whittle down who they think will make it as a professional footballer at their club and some clubs don’t have an academy at all.

Those lower down the pyramid, where money is much tighter than the Premier League, sometimes struggle to fund their own academy and so opt to simply sign new players whenever necessary over promoting from within.

Kinetic Academy founder, Harry Hudson, would like to see a homegrown quota added to every level of the game to encourage academies to promote from within but also acknowledges the difficulties that could present.

When asked whether the rules should require a quota of homegrown talent by The Football Wonderkids, Hudson said: “It’s such a difficult one because my heart would say yes because I want young English talent to be able to have a bigger chance.

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“I think the best thing to come out of Brexit, not to get all political, is that clubs have to look internally rather than so often looking to try and nick AC Milan’s best Under-16 or whatever.

“But football is a business and it is so well resourced because of the TV money and how exciting our league is and that comes from signing players from around the globe wanting to come here.

“There are other factors that don’t negatively affect football in this country that have bigger impacts than we perhaps understand but my heart would always say yes to more English talent coming through.”

The Champions League requires a certain amount of homegrown at club and in nation players but it is only a small fraction of the entire submitted squad.

In other Kinetic Academy news, Hudson has suggested why Under-21 teams have struggled so much to succeed in the Papa John’s Trophy.