Thanks - interesting. I get the view but I just don’t agree with it. I’m very proud of where I’m from and identify strongly with that part of England. I’m very proud of being Spurs too. But I love it when those things that are dear to me are opened up and shared with talented people from over the world.Born or raised in the Basque country more or less or with parents/grandparents from there. For example they have one player that is Bosnian, but he was born to immigrant parents in San Sebastian. Williams is also born in Bilbao but to refugee parents as another example.
Fernando Llorente for example qualified through his parents or grandparents (I cannot remember which) being from Navarre.
So yeah, they have a slimmer window for recruiting. But they also invest way more into their youth setup than most other clubs. And they tend to sell for good money.
I'm not going to dive too much into the Spain vs Basque Country conflict. But the Basque people are very proud of their cultural identity and value it over things like "global football".
And even with such a insular culture they still stay competitive and are a regular European fixture.