West Ham’s in-form striker Diafra Sakho has told the BBC that he thinks the FA are making excuses by blaming the national team’s poor performances on foreign imports.
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“Everyone can make their own excuses to defend their own interests.” he said. “France won the World Cup in 1998 and the French league was full of foreigners, same with Spain who won the World Cup and Euros, and Germany too.”
“I don’t see why we should shut the door on new talent coming over.”
Sakho, who has enjoyed a hugely successful season so far, scoring 12 goals in all competitions, thinks the FA proposals will be hugely detrimental to the league and to his fellow African compatriots.
“We have seen many African players do well here so it would make things difficult for them,” he noted. “The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, one which all young players dream of playing in. It would be unfortunate if some of my peers weren’t given the chance to do the same as me. There are a lot of good foreign players here.”
Sahko is currently on international duty with Senegal.