Football Insider quotes Kelvin Tanner and Owen Chan on how the ESC Endorsement Path could affect scouting and transfers
The new ESC endorsement path is said to give English football clubs the ability to scout a wider pool of talent.
“Clubs now have the ability to recruit talent directly from a much wider pool, particularly from lesser known clubs or players from a country that is ranked outside of the top 50 in the FIFA world ranking.
“Rather than delaying signing or immediately loaning out a player to a club in a higher-tiered league to accumulate sufficient points for a GBE, clubs can now secure young talent early potentially at lower transfer fees.
“This allows them to save some money – thereby making compliance with Financial Fair Play/sustainability rules more straightforward – while remaining competitive against their domestic and European rivals.
“Smaller clubs may also now have a better chance at competing against bigger clubs through good scouting and/or focusing on developing homegrown talent.
“It remains to be seen how the clubs will use their ESC slots.
“However, it is likely that there will be an increase in foreign young players coming to the UK, potentially from clubs in the second divisions of Europe’s “Big 5’ leagues and/or in Japan and South Korea which are the only qualifying Asian leagues."
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