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The B team proposal which has angered fans of EFL clubs

One Premier League chief suggests the B team proposal which has angered fans of EFL clubs, claiming it could be a potential saviour.

Former FA boss Dan Ashworth, a technical director at Brighton feels it’s the right time for Premier League ‘B’ sides to take up places in the lower leagues to aid the development of home grown players, but also assist struggling lower league clubs counting the cost of the coronavirus.

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It was an idea put forward six years ago, as part of plans to reform the structure, however EFL clubs opposed it.

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He told The Mirror: “Everyone starts by looking at their own house. Our budgets, what our outgoings and incomings are.

“A few years ago, we explored strategic loan clubs, B teams, partner clubs, those sort of things.

“Maybe things like that come back on the table because if there is a shortage of money and everybody has to cut their cloth accordingly.”

Ashworth said football will have to become more co-operative and resourceful in the wake of the virus.

He added: “Maybe there’s some ways we can form partnerships that we can share resources and help one another.

“Ground sharing has been looked at, artificial surfaces that can be used for numerous things from concerts to training and women’s and men’s games in the same venue.

“Maybe we become more resourceful and share those resources accordingly. There’s a great phrase… the more resources you have, the more resourceful you become. I wonder whether we’re in that state with football at the moment.”

Since the 2016–17 season, 16 under-21 sides from Premier League and EFL Championship clubs have competed in the EFL Trophy.

None of which have made the final at Wembley, though the closest to reaching it was Chelsea U21, who got as far as the semi final in the 2017-18 season.

These are the B teams to have played in that competition so far…
Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers
Brighton & Hove Albion
Derby County
Leicester City
Manchester City
Newcastle United
Norwich City
Stoke City
Swansea City
Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion
West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers

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