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Transfer deadline day deals

You could be fooled into thinking that transfer deadline day was a quiet one, with Arsenal and Chelsea the only sides from the top six of the Premier League to utilise the final day of the window to add to their squads. But elsewhere there were deals aplenty. The best deals in the top flight, in my mind, were done by Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Fulham. With Lewis Holtby, Tom Ince and Wilfried Zaha all finding new homes, albeit temporary ones. Manchester United completed their business earlier in the month, signing Juan Mata from Chelsea and the usually active Tottenham Hotspur, along with Liverpool and Manchester City, didn´t make a single signing in during the entire month.

Here is a list of every deal done in the top leagues in England on January 31st:

Nicky Adams [Crawley - Rotherham] Undisclosed

Gary Alexander [Crawley - Burton] Undisclosed

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Why is there such a lack of British Asian talent?

Zesh Rehman was the first ever British Asian player to start a Premiership game when he lined up for Fulham in 2003 and has gone on to play across all 4 English divisions and more recently, in the Thai and Hong Kong Premier Leagues.

As well as playing football, Zesh has been a big ambassador for young British Asian players. He launched the ‘Zesh Rehman foundation’ in 2010 to get more children from all backgrounds playing the sport and getting involved in training days. More recently, a new project named ‘Sidelined 2 Sidelines’ has gotten FA funding and aims to get more coaches from ethnic minorities coaching at a higher standard.

His stance on the reason behind the lack of British Asian players in the English leagues is clear, it is not down to a racist system, but instead down to these young players feeling excluded from the system.

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