English Premier League Suffering From Lack of Flair and Young Talents?

Bobby ChewContributor IMay 22, 2010

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 04:  Sergio Canales of Racing Santander in action during the Copa del Rey semi-final, first leg match between Atletico Madrid and Racing Santander at the Vicente Calderon Stadium on February 4, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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James Milner and Wayne Rooney won the PFA Young Player and Player of the Year Awards, respectively. The PFA , unfortunately, did not do a great job in nominations for Young Player of the Year. How else would you explain why Rooney and Fabregas are nominated AGAIN for Young Player?

In fact, I think that Joe Hart has had a fantastic season, making 126 saves and keeping 10 clean sheets thus far. He has been instrumental in Birmingham's first Premiership season and should be credited for Birmingham's League-best defensive home record.

Either way, I would normally associate young players with lots of flair, pace, and technical trickery. However, this year has been devoid of any such player. Victor Moses came into the Premiership as possibly that type of player, but unfortunately he still needs time to mature and blossom.

When you think young talents, this year especially two players come to mind and they are from the Spanish La Liga . Sergio Canales and Iker Munian.

Both have been unleashed this season by their clubs and have made significant progress throughout the season. Sergio Canales , in particular, will now move to Real Madrid next season as the long-term natural replacement for Guti. A player with natural flair, technical ability, and instinctive finishing, this teenager could be the future of Spanish football.

I, for one, would like to see the return of flair players to the Premiership. From way back, the Premiership have had exciting flair players in Ginola , Asprilla, and Cantona . These are players that add a certain fantasy and imagination to the directness of the Premier League.

Now this talent pool is dangerously shrinking. As it turns out, Nani is perhaps the most exciting player right now in the Premiership for me, and he isn't even one that can be considered as world's best.

Does the English Premiership have players like Canales or Munian? Not since a young teenaged Cristiano Ronaldo has the Premiership seen any young talent that could excite and bring fans to their feet.

Is the emphasis in pace and power detrimental to development of flair and finesse in the Premier League? Is the most exciting league in the world getting by on its relentless pace and power? Will we ever see the tricks and flicks that are staples in Spain?

Bobby Chew expresses his opinions on the English Premier League through The Flat Back Four .