Brentford manager Uwe Rosler feels Premier League clubs need to be allowed to enter reserve teams in the Football League.
The former East Germany forward, who played for Manchester City in the Nineties, thinks top young English players are being wasted in development leagues and should be tasting "real competition" for reserve teams in the lower levels of the domestic structure, like they do in Spain and Germany.
Rosler told the Daily Mail: "I think, in terms of youth development, the system in Germany is better than here.
"Here we are having development games; there the second team are playing competitive football in the third highest league. They can't go higher than that league, and they have to reach it, but it is a good way to develop under competitive conditions. Here the development games mean nothing."
Rosler added: "I love to work in England and the Premier League is a fantastic product. There is a non-stop development of good players, but what is happening is that at 18, 19, 20 too many players are getting lost. (Clubs should) only go for the top foreign players and not the average ones who are blocking places."