The carling cup sees the top premier league teams entering the competition this week and there are some exciting ties on paper to look forward to, none more so than Arsenal V Spurs. The fans of each and every club should be buzzing with excitement as for most clubs this offers the best opportunity for a trophy yet this competition is seen as a distraction by most teams and some teams would rather loose and not be involved in the later stages which they feel might hinder their progress in the league and one can understand that. This has been the trend over the past few years, initially the league cup and off late the FA cup seems to be loosing its value and importance to most primer league teams.
At the start of the season premier league introduced a new home grown rule which has already been proven to be a failure and ill thought and advised plan. One can not blame the premier league for trying to bring in rules that will benefit the home nations but as have been clearly illustrated this home grown rule they introduced fails to do that.
One exception to the domestic cups has been the policy adopted by Arsenal. The domestic cup competition offers the chance for Arsenal fans to get a look at the future of the club as well as for the young players to gain valuable match experience at the top level. This policy has brought through many young players into Arsenal first team in the recent years. As this is their opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the first team the young players seem to play with more hunger and place a greater importance on these games than some of the senior players seem to do and in some ways this Arsenal policy has reignited some interest back into the league cup competition and recently we have also noticed that Manchester United looking to do the same in most of the cup games. The FA cup has started to suffer as well and as most fixtures seems to fall on weeks when there are European games this only makes the situation worse.
If the home grown player policy could be modified and applied to the domestic cup competitions it could help the home nations as well as revive the competitions.
The 17 teams that retained the Premier league status must name 4 players who are under the age of 21 and eligible to play for one of the home nations in the squad for each games and of the four three must start.
Now this will mean that clubs will have to keep producing good young players oppose to keeping hold of players who are at the later stages of their carrier. Further by having young players involved in knock out competitions they will gain vital experience playing home and away and every seasons up to 16 players could be involved in Cup finals. As clubs will not want to discard these players as soon as they turn 22 they will look to improve the youth coaching and training so that most of these players continue to be part of their clubs or good enough to play in the top division. Such policy could mean a high number of home national players being produced, increasing the supply and bringing down the inflated transfer fee as well and could actually make it viable for foreign clubs to sign British players.