The Worthing Herald think Asia's foreign player rule is 'bizarre'


While browsing through the internet to see what news I could come across tonight, I found that the Worthing Herald think that Asia's foreign player rules are 'bizarre'

It's not bizarre, it's essential

If you really do think that Asia's foreign player rule is bizarre, then I will explain to you why it is needed. The rule is essential for the growth of football in Asia, although it can be relaxed and then eventually disregarded over time, just as it happened in England, something the Worthing Post clearly doesn't remember.

Before English Premier League sides were full of sexy-sounding foreign names instead of your Alan's and Ian's, English football also had a similar 'bizarre' rule where a certain number of players from the UK had to be in your starting 11. 

This was not and is not similar to the current 'homegrown' rule, where an ex amount of players must be trained at the club or in the country. 'Foreigners' count as homegrown players under current rules, but they didn't in the past. 

The reason English football did this was to give opportunities to players from the UK. Asia is also doing the same thing, they want to develop their own football leagues, their national sides and give opportunities to players from Asia, otherwise, the leagues stand no chance at all of developing into anything better.

Japan and South Korea are the two leading nations and East Asia, and they have a plethora of players all over Europe, including major and minor leagues, non more recognised than Son at Tottenham. Outside of these two leagues though, a lot of other Asian leagues in East Asia struggle to get their players to play abroad, with some even struggling to get their players into professional football. 

So if foreign players were brought in, in their place, local players would never stand a chance, therefore the rule is a necessity that can be relaxed over time when the level of local players matches that of foreign players, meaning that local players will still have a chance to play in local leagues throughout Asia or get picked up and taken to bigger clubs. Just as what happened with the development of football in England.

Australians aren't the only players attractive to Chinese Clubs

Chinese clubs are not only interested in Australians, but they are also keen on any other Asian players currently playing at a high level, especially in Europe. Chinese clubs are also interested in players who can have any link to the Chinese diaspora. 

They are now also targeting players from the likes of Hong Kong, who can they can claim are Chinese, like Dai Wai Tsun, who has received a very good standard of football training in the UK. Chinese clubs also picked up Taiwan one cap wonder Tim Chow, who also qualifies as an Asian foreigner because of his Taiwan cap away in Turkmenistan. 

This isn't something that is new either, it has been going for years. Japanese clubs have been buying Australians for a considerable amount of time because they add great value to the club. So Shanghai SIPG signing Mooy isn't 'bizarre' at all, it is quite the opposite, in fact, it is a bloody astute transfer.

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