Koeman: 'Give English youngsters a chance'

Impressed with the attitude of emerging youngsters in the country, Dutchman Koeman said: "Clubs in the Premier League have bought many foreign players over the years and I acknowledge that sometimes it is necessary.

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Koeman wants more time invested into home-grown youth.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has urged his Premier League counterparts to give English youngsters a chance in the top flight. Most Premier League sides have the luxury of luring foreign talent to England but Koeman wants more time invested into home-grown youth.

Impressed with the attitude of emerging youngsters in the country, Dutchman Koeman said: "Clubs in the Premier League have bought many foreign players over the years and I acknowledge that sometimes it is necessary.

"But here in England, my admiration for the bulk of talent in the academies has grown massively. I admire the attitude, the spirit and the values of young English footballers. They have an incredible desire.

"I have no worries about their motivation and I feel I actually have to slow them rather down than push them forward. Young British players have a spirit, which I don't see in the Netherlands or other countries where I used to work.

"There is a different culture here. The problem is that managers here wait a long time before they launch young players. If a player has the talent, my motto is that you must give him the stage to show it.

"But maybe it is because I am Dutch and I am used to throw the boys in at the deep end." Everton is currently seventh in the Premier League.

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