Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has welcomed the introduction of the new 25-man squad rules for Premier League clubs, although he wants more English youngsters to be first-team regulars. Players' chief Taylor believes the system will pay dividends in the long run, but admitted it did not go far enough.
"It is something which the PFA strongly approve of, because for a long time we have been concerned about the millions going into youth development and the success rate has just not been good enough," said Taylor.
"If we had been a university, we would have been closed down. With something like 600 youngsters getting into the game at all levels at 16, you have 500 who are out of it by the time they are 21."
Taylor continued: "The fact we are in Europe means we cannot discriminate against non-English players, but at least our own youngsters will be on the same level playing field as foreign youngsters," he said.
"Countries like Germany have capitalised on the situation, with lads coming in from Poland and Turkey, who have wanted to apply for German nationality, and then they are available.
"However, I won't be happy until there at least two or three English youngsters who are starting in the Premier League games."