After a recent article on here written by Jobey07, I now know that it isn’t just me who thinks that the sparkle and the passion of watching England play is diminishing.
It is becoming harder and harder for us as fans to relate to players earning £150k a week and more with the same level of ball skill as Titus Bramble (John Terry) and who spend their lives in the big wide world filling all our papers with sordid and controversial acts.
That aside it is becoming, dare I say it, BORING to watch England. Almost all the passion is lost and the quality of football is surprisingly low considering the amount of talent in there. I have long said that when we see the likes of Gareth Barry, James Milner and Stewart Downing who in there own right are extremely overrated play alongside players like Yaya Toure, Luis Suarez, David Silva, they are going to look quality as good players allow others more freedom to express themselves and even make up for the weaker ones mistakes.
This leads me to my first point. Whilst the players aforementioned are fairly good players, when they combine in the England team it aint no Barcelona that’s for sure. Why are they so average? I believe it is because the players in their clubs make them look better than they are. True it’s not the same in all cases such as Wayne Rooney or Ashley Cole as they are genuinely world class, but the others are good at best with most being plain average.
Does this however work in relation to Newcastle? If we look at arguably our strongest team on paper note the lack of English influence?
Tim Krul, Davide Santon, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba.
As you can see, we have just the two Englishman; one still striving for an England place and the other just striving for a first team place.
It surely begs the question then is that with the change in influence in the team is that why we are doing so well? Is it because of the lack of English players in the team?
I appreciate that Danny Simpson could easily be in that team and we have Dan Gosling, Danny Guthrie, Steve Harper and the Ameobi’s are definite subs but doesn’t that tell its own story? Even our best youth prospects are foreign – Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson (British at least) and Mehdi Abeid. Other potential players like Michael Richardson are even further away from the first team even though they have genuine quality.
Sammy Ameobi is going to be a good player for the Toon but I wonder how common situations like we are seeing with Nile Ranger are? He has the talent and skill to succeed, but why doesn’t he?
Maturity, attitude, ego.
I wonder if this problem is more and more common with the English youth of today? They have potential and ability but are led to think they have made it before they have even started one game? Agents are partly to blame, so are the press for overhyping English youth and rocketing their value. I’m sorry but £20m for Jordan Henderson. Untested, questionable quality and looking out of his depth at Liverpool.
The lack of English talent is stark although there are some bright lights in the English game. But at this moment our team are playing without any arguably.
Last season we had Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton. The football wasn’t pretty and wasn’t always effective but it got results. Since the departure of these players how many are calling for their return?
Okay its easy for us to be complacent as we have started so well and the grit they had brought to the team wont fully be replaced. Joey Barton is looking average at QPR at the moment, Kevin Nolan is in his comfort zone and we’d all be lying if we said that Andy Carroll looks at home at Liverpool.
I am genuinely sad at the thought that even though we do have English players in our squad few are good enough to play for the first team. However I wouldn’t want to ever lose the likes of Cabaye, Tiote etc. Its a tough reality and the longer it continues the harder it will be to be enticed to enjoying watching England play again.
Are we better this year for the foreign influence, or should we still put our faith our home grown boys?