TRANSFER TALK Sunderland cup hero fears for future of young English footballers

Dennis Tueart worries about youngsters coming through like he did at Sunderland.
Dennis Tueart worries about youngsters coming through like he did at Sunderland.
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SUNDERLAND FA Cup hero Dennis Tueart has spoken of his fears of the foreign invasion of English football.

The Black Cats have made half-a-dozen signings already this summer of which only one, Altrincham’s Duncan Watmore, is British.

That was a development which saw sacked Sunderland chief scout Pop Robson voice his concerns about the future of young, up-and-coming footballers in the region.

And Tueart points out that what is happening at Sunderland, is also happening all over the country.

In an interview with the Sunday Post, he said: “I have to be concerned about the number of English players coming through.

“Just last week, I saw that York City had signed a player from Estonia.

“It amazes me that they can’t develop their own.

“Surely there’s a 19 or 20-year-old local lad who could take the place of an Estonian?

“Young English players need to be given a chance.

“Johan Cruyff said every successful side needed six or seven players brought up with the traditions of that club.

“He had that in the Ajax team he played in and then the Barcelona team he managed.

“It was the same thing for me in my club career.

“The 1973 cup-winning team at Sunderland had six lads who had come through from youth level.”