From Hernan Crespo of Chelsea to Nolberto Solano of Newcastle United, South American presence has been most welcome. Those two players, in particular, were bought from Inter and Aston Villa. But can’t English teams just go straight to the source of the talent in South America?
3. Work Permit
One major problem is first getting them into the country on a visa from overseas. If the player is from a non-EU country, such as the whole of South America, they have to pass the criteria set out by the Football Association to be allowed into the country to work.
The whole process may cost around £10,000 per-player. A club will normally do their own math to determine whether they have a chance of securing a work permit for their player.
2. Too rich for their own good
The Premier League teams are also too rich for their own good; they would rather see that player, who comes from Corinthians, compete in another European league for two years and then pay the inflated price, knowing that they can handle European football.
The likes of Anderson, Erik Lamela and much more might not have been bought by English teams if they had not been seen at Porto and AS Roma.
1. Cut-throat Premier League
The other problem English clubs find is that the Premier League is a division that is on a tightrope. Everton is a prime example of this. They brought in nine new players over the summer and are currently in 15th place. The Toffees are suffering because of poor recruitment.
Gino Pozzo, the owner of Watford, has been a pioneer of South American football for decades. His strategy consists buying straight from the source and then loaning them out to other European clubs to build up their experience and confidence.
This move will be increasingly common for Premier League teams as they see the future success it has.