Premier League transfers after Brexit

The UK left the EU at the end of 2020 and with the end of freedom of movement came a new regime for football transfers with players coming from an EU country now requiring a Governing Body Endorsement (GBE) to be able to play in the UK. The January transfer window was generally quiet with not much money being spent (impact of Covid has perhaps some responsibility for that) but the only comments I can find regarding the new system from a prominent manager came from Sam Allardyce. The West Brom head coach made comments early in the window that the new system was making it harder for him. On January 4th, he told reporters…

Sam Allardyce. [Image from the Premier League].

‘I have found three players already who were capable of coming here and they’re not allowed. It’s a shame. Due to the new regulations in terms of the permit they were unable to come to this country, whereas (previously) they would have done. I have to look at that and think ‘can he qualify?’ read more

Match Thoughts December 2017 London double-bill: Arsenal 1-0 Newcastle United & West Ham 2-3 Newcastle United

The final two weekends before Christmas, where has the time gone? Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run of 69 games came to a close with a 4-0 defeat to Hearts while after 364 days, Sunderland eventually won a home game at the Stadium of Light.

In the Premier League, Manchester City kept on winning with a 4-1 hammering of Spurs while local rivals Manchester United only just edged past West Brom 2-1. Chelsea defeated Southampton 1-0 while Liverpool hammered Bournemouth 4-0 on the south coast. The shock of the weekend though came at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace! read more