The FAÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s director of football believes EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top clubs are now more likely to focus on nurturing their own home-grown players as it becomes more difficult to lure foreign stars to the top flight due to unfavourable currency exchange rates and high tax charges.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The strength of the Euro over the last three or four years has meant itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s tougher for clubs to bring in overseas talent,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brooking told The Sport Review.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The second big thing is that the players want to know what their tax net is, because 50p from Ã‚Â£1 is not great. So itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s harder for the big clubs to get the better overseas players.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Rather than looking to foreign shores, Brooking, 62, wants to see clubs turn their attentions towards developing their own home-grown stars by giving them regular run-outs in the Premier League.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Over the next few years IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to feel some home-grown talent will get more of an opportunity,Ã¢â‚¬Â he continued. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re at about 35 per cent at the moment whereas Spain and Italy are really at 70 or 75 per cent.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We need to increase the number of English players playing in the Premier League every week.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It should be done on quality but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to feel that gradually clubs will start to do it.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Meanwhile, Brooking believes there are still 10 clubs fighting for Premier League survival this season.
The former West Ham midfielder, who was caretaker manager when the Hammers were relegated in 2003 despite managing a record points total of 42, is expecting teams to need a similar tally to secure safety this term.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“At the moment there are probably 10 clubs who are still looking over their shoulder,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Any of the three that go down are probably going to feel unlucky because they might go down with 37 or 38 points this year.Ã¢â‚¬Â
And Brooking says West Ham must pick up points in crucial clashes with the Premier LeagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top clubsÃ¢â‚¬â€starting with Liverpool on SundayÃ¢â‚¬â€if they are to avoid the drop.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was thinking Blackpool had hit a bit of a wall and were going to struggle. Then suddenly they go and beat Spurs 3-1 and they end up going up to 12th. Suddenly with two wins theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d be safe.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“West Ham have got Liverpool on Sunday at home and most people will say: Ã¢â‚¬ËœyouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not going to get anything thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, but you never know, and to be honest if they’re going to survive they’ve got to win one or two of the tough games.Ã¢â‚¬Â
He added: Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been leaking a lot of goals and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been our main concern. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had a little boost with the last couple of results but the league games are the important ones.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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