The Premier League is simply the best in the world and has been for a number of years and has the best manages, head coaches, and the finest footballers.

The reality is though that it’s the foreign players who have been really standing out for quite a number of years and with Brexit negotiations underway, people are concerned about its impact on England’s top flight.

SEVILLE, SPAIN – Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Liverpool’s players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Sevilla FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Back row L-R: goalkeeper Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Lovren, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah. Front row L-R: Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, captain Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho Correia, Georginio Wijnaldum. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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The laws changed in regards to gaining a work permit and many people have expressed that they are far too strict, thus preventing more high calibre foreign players joining English Premier League clubs.

As it stands the player must have participated in at least 75% of his nation’s senior competitive international games in the two years prior to applying.

The player must also be representing a country that is ranked on average at 50th in the FIFA World Rankings, the previous two years are taken into account with this criteria too.

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MARIBOR, SLOVENIA – Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho Correia during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between NK Maribor and Liverpool at the Stadion Ljudski vrt. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With stringent rules already in place, it’s likely that Brexit will prove an even sterner test for Premier League clubs in terms of signing players.

Recent cases have shown just how tough it can be for good foreign players to get work permits to play in the UK. Birmingham’s deal for Nigerian international Ogenyi Onazi fell through due to a failed application and appeal, even though he had featured in over 80% of the Super Eagles’ games and they were ranked at 38th in the world too!

With the outcome of Brexit negotiations still undetermined, many people are concerned; not just about the future transfers of players heading to England, but of the foreign players already plying their trade in England’s top flight.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, November 25, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (L) vies with Chelsea’s Ngolo Kanté during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield. (Pic by Lindsey Parnaby/Propaganda)

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It’s said that Manchester United stars Juan Mata and Ander Herrera would not automatically qualify for automatic work permits post-Brexit.

N’golo Kanté wouldn’t have seen his move to the Premier League sanctioned either, meaning Leicester probably wouldn’t have won the title in 2015.

Governing bodies have already spoken about how the Premier League would still be able to, and would still like to attract the finest footballers the world has to offer.

BRIGHTON AND HOVE, ENGLAND – Saturday, December 2, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia during the FA Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion FC and Liverpool FC at the American Express Community Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

So it could be a case of being able to sign the likes of Neymar, however unrealistic, but not being able to bring in the next up and coming Brazilian superstar.

As a result, it is extremely important for all relevant parties to employ experienced immigration lawyers; to have the best possible chance of success.

This will come down to work permits but the world’s best will get them, based on their talent more than anything. Others though are likely to struggle, especially foreign journeymen players.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Saturday, October 28, 2017: Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Southampton at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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If they aren’t playing for their country regularly and if their nation isn’t fairing that well in the rankings, the likelihood of them being granted a permit will be extremely slim.

This, however, should help England develop better footballers as they will surely get more exposure due to the fact they won’t be competing with as many foreign imports anymore.

How Brexit will affect things remains to be see. It could be a case of anyone outside of England needing a permit to play and that would see things change dramatically and maybe not for the best either.

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