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Premier League chief Scudamore reveals plans to scrap U21 comp

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has revealed plans to replace the current U21 competition.

Scudamore confirmed plans for a 'B' league to replace the current Under-21 league format, and would be for Under-23 players with four over age players allowed.

"The Under-21 League isn't where it needs to be in terms of meaningful competition," said Scudamore.

"The challenge of developing English talent to play in the Premier League is how do you get them from Under-18s into first-team squads?

"It's such a huge leap. You have to have the transition phase, the 'professional development phase'.

"The minute you call it 'Under-21' people think it's no use.

"It needs a better name. We need proper kick-off times, using main stadiums - anything to create an experience more like the first team so it doesn't come as such a shock."

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