The FA’s new transfer rules could see Kalvin Phillips’ value skyrocket at Leeds United, according to Alex McLeish.
The former Premier League and Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has insisted the upcoming regulation change would have an “enormous” impact on the prices of British talent.
As revealed by the FA on Tuesday, British clubs will be subject to new rules when signing overseas players post-Brexit, which includes a points-based permit system.
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Premier League Clubs will be limited to a maximum of six under-21 signings from abroad per season – three in the upcoming January window – while all British sides will be unable to sign under-18 players from overseas.
McLeish has lauded the change as an “incredible” incentive for young players and insisted it would also boost the value of homegrown stars.
Asked if he thought the new regulations would see prices for British talent like Phillips rise significantly, McLeish told Football Insider: “Yeah, absolutely enormous. It’s a great incentive for the local lads.
“It should be a great incentive for Scottish kids as well, you know, to be able to get a move to England – unless, of course, Scotland go out of the UK and go into the EU, so we don’t know what’s going to happen there yet.
“Certainly for English players, young English players, that is an incredible incentive for them to not be disillusioned maybe at the age of 16 or younger to say: ‘I’m never going to give up, what a chance I’ve got here’.”
Born in Leeds, Phillips has played 188 times for his boyhood club to date, including seven times in the Premier League.
The Whites also have young British talent like Leif Davis and Jamie Shackleton as part of their first-team squad.
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