Following a lengthy unsuccessful spell by the national football teams (men/women/youth), Her Majesty’s Football Association finally woke up to try and fix a major issue concerning English football – the development of quality youth players.
British under-21 players comprised 4% of the league’s total appearances last season, while only 34% of top flight players are home grown. The same figure stands at 52% in Germany and 72% in Spain.
The Premier League decided to tackle the issue by consulting the football clubs, representatives of the Football League and the Football Association, and announced an initiative to improve the long term development of home-grown players. They called it the ‘Elite Player Performance Plan’ or the EPPP.