5 Premier League Teams likely to be effected by FA’s potential cap on Foreign Players

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Brexit seems to be affecting the Premier League now with the English FA Suggesting a reduced cap on the Number of Foreign Players.


The current laws of the Premier League allow teams to have a maximum of 17 Foreign players in their 25-man Squad and provided FA’s Suggestion becomes a law, we could see that number go down to 13. So, Given the current ratio of Foreign to English/Welsh Players where would your favorite Club stand if this Rule is applied. Without further ado, the Top 5 Premier League Clubs that are likely to be most affected by FA’s suggestion.

1. Manchester City- 17 Players

Unsurprisingly, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City have a full quota of their 17 foreign players as players like Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero, David Silva, and Ederson form the core of the Sky Blues. Though Manchester City have English Players like Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Fabian Delp and Phil Foden they also have homegrown players like Spanish International Brahim Diaz who would be considered as an English homegrown player. If the rule is implemented it’s safe to say that Manchester City will be in trouble.

 

2. Tottenham Hotspur- 17 Players

This one’s a surprise. Considering Majority of England’s World Cup Squad comprised of Spurs players with the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Keiran Trippier and Harry Winks will be all set to become the side’s most important players. To be honest, when you have a look at Tottenham’s Squad List a lot of the Foreign Players are squad players and don’t play a key role in the team like Georges-Kévin N’Koudou, Juan Foyth, Fernando Llorente and Paulo Gazzaniga. If the FA does put a cap on the foreign players you can bank on Spurs to replace these players with talented Homegrown or English Youngsters from their Academy. No Problem.

 

3. Brighton and Hove Albion- 17 Players

We don’t usually associate small Clubs in the Premier League with a full quota of foreign players but Brighton is a Surprise. With Jose Izquierdo, Pascal Gross, Anthony Knockaert and Shane Duffy comprising of the core group of players. The ‘Seagulls’ have just started playing well under Chris Hughton and are a comfortable Five places clear of the relegation zone. It’ll be a shame if they have to rebuild their squad.

 

4. Watford- 17 Players

Javi Garcia’s side has looked extremely impressive this Season and are at an impressive 7th place on the Premier League. But the Club has 17 Foreign players with overseas players like Etienne Capoue, Roberto Pereyra and Jose Holebas to name a few. There isn’t a lack of English talent in the team with captain Troy Deeney, Midfielder Tom Cleverley, and Forward Andre Gray also playing pivotal roles. Watford will be skeptical if the FA imposes the rule bringing the number of players down to 13. Major transfers will have to be imposed

 

5. Huddersfield Town- 17 Players

A Club that finds itself in a relegation battle at 19th place and also have an abundance of foreign players. Difference between Huddersfield and the other teams on this list is that the foreign players are barely performing and maybe losing a few of these underperformers may not be such a bad idea after all.

 

Salah scores for Liverpool as they beat Huddersfield 0 – 1 | Premier League

Salah scores for Liverpool as they beat Huddersfield 0 - 1 | Premier League

Premier League Highlights 2018/19: Liverpool remains unbeaten with their main man Mohamed Salah back in the scoring charts.


Even by Klopp’s standards, the German was an animated presence by the touchline yesterday as Liverpool show immense character to get the three points with a hard fought win against an inspired Huddersfield side that are yet to score a goal at home this season. The only goal that won them the game was netted by their main man Mohamed Salah, who was struggling to find his form this Premier League Season. This win marked the 200th win away from home in the Premier League

When Klopp said last season that he wanted his players to get hard-fought wins under their belt, he certainly didn’t expect his team to fulfill his expectation so very diligently. While some players were nowhere close to their best, some others turned up and notched up a solid individual performance. However, as a unit, the Reds didn’t turn up in an attacking sense against a team that have previously conceded 17 goals in 8 games so far in the season. This is certainly not a new concern this season and with the front three not starting together, there was little chance that it would go this way.

Liverpool then are having to win in a different way, one that has not been seen during Klopp’s time at the Merseyside club. The games are often nervous and tight affairs and chances are at a premium. But one of the major boosts has certainly been the character that this Liverpool team have shown. However, this new Liverpool team is going to take some time getting used to.

Virgil Van Dijk – The Ministry of Defence for Liverpool.


Although the reds attack has prompted many questions, it is their defence that has had almost all the answers. After recording their 6th Premier League clean sheet this season, it means that Liverpool have conceded only three goals thus far this season – The fewest they have shipped during the same number of games ever in their history. Given the solid defences that have been the bedrock of so many Liverpool title triumphs, this is truly a remarkable achievement. 

Alisson has made a big difference, and so has the emergence of Joe Gomez but the real game changer has been the addition of Virgil Van Dijk, who finished the game as the captain of this Liverpool team. His leadership skills and cruise control from the heart of the defence makes him a true talisman of this Liverpool defence that looks in top-notch form this season. 

Trademark Lallana return for Liverpool.


Adam Lallana returned to action for the first time in the last 18 months. This was his first Liverpool start since new year’s day and this hence was a big game for the Englishman, especially with Gareth Southgate watching from the stands. He played on the left of the attacking three with Shaqiri playing in the attacking midfield role. It took him 18 minutes to bring out the Cruyff turn from his box of tricks and he went on with business as he so often used to. Although he didn’t look too good and he faded away after the interval, he showed enough to conclude that he would have a role to play in this Liverpool team not necessarily in the position he played yesterday. 

Shaqiri’s creativity and a classy finish by Salah proved to be the winner, but an overall messy performance by the Reds. Sturridge will have wanted a little bit more from his Premier League start, while Fabinho showed great promise in his league debut in a second-half cameo. Liverpool are now placed second on the table, tied on points with Manchester City but the Reds will know that their main front three, Mane, Salah & Firmino will have to come to the party if they are to continue challenging City to the Premier League Title.

Huddersfield Town 0 – 3 Chelsea | Premier League

Huddersfield Town 0 - 3 Chelsea | Premier League

The Maurizio Sarri era at Chelsea has kicked off in style as the Blues thumped minnows Huddersfield in a convincing 3-0 victory at John Smith’s Stadium. Holding Midfielders N’Golo Kante and Jorginho found themselves on the scoresheet in the first-half and Pedro’s late goal wrapped up a convincing victory for Maurizio Sarri’s men.

The Blues opened the scoring in the 34th Minute when Willian’s delicious cross found N’Golo Kante who tucked the ball into the left corner. Surprisingly Kante looked 100% fit, the Frenchman returned to full training only on Monday and despite a hectic World Cup campaign, the World Champion was at his usual best. New Signing Jorginho will most likely be Chelsea’s most important player this Season considering he would be the player that would help Chelsea transition to Sarri-Ball. Jorginho capped off a wonderful Premier League Debut with a cheeky finish from the penalty spot after Huddersfield’s Christopher Schindler took Marcos Alonso down in the box.

Eden Hazard being Eden Hazard

Hazard came on for Willian in the 76th Minute and it seemed like the Belgian picked up exactly where he left off in Russia. Chelsea’s talismanic Winger was a visual delight and even created Chelsea’s third and final goal when he teed up Pedro in the 80th Minute. Some reports suggest that Hazard is going to be handed a new bumper deal along with the Captain’s armband and with Maurizio Sarri confirming that a contract extension is on the cards, the Future seems bright for Chelsea.

Kepa’s uneventful debut

The World’s Most expensive Goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga made his highly anticipated debut after a completing a 71.6 Million Pound Transfer from Athletic Bilbao on Thursday. Kepa finished the game with a Clean Sheet having a quiet debut game. Steve Mounie’s post-bound header in the first-half was Huddersfield’s Best Chance to deprive Kepa of his Clean sheet but aside from that, the Spaniard wasn’t really tested.

What’s Next?

Stamford Bridge hosts the first fierce Chelsea vs Arsenal Derby on Saturday (18th August), while Huddersfield travels to the Etihad Stadium to face Champions Manchester City on Sunday (19th August).