August 31, 2013

25-man squad – nearly there

Our squad re-shape continues, leaving our 25-man squad as follows (* = home grown player):

Hugo Lloris
Brad Friedel
Heurelho Gomes

Kyle Walker*
Benoît Assou-Ekotto
Kyle Naughton*
Danny Rose*

Younes Kaboul
Jan Vertonghen
Michael Dawson*
Vlad Chiriches

Sandro
Paulinho
Mousa Dembélé
Étienne Capoue
Lewis Holtby

Andros Townsend*
Nacer Chadli
Aaron Lennon*
Gylfi Sigurðsson*
Simon Dawkins*

Roberto Soldado
Emmanuel Adebayor
Jermain Defoe*
Jonathan Obika*

This is assuming that Gareth Bale completes his move to Real Madrid.

We are able to name a 25-man squad if at least eight of the players are “home grown”. We could name fewer than eight home grown players, but would need to also name fewer than 25 players in our squad – e.g. if we only have seven home grown players, we can name a 24-man squad, 6/23, 5/22, etc.

A home grown player is defined as follows:

… one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Welsh Football Association for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).

We do not need to name players who are under 21 on the squad list; for the 2013/14 campaign under 21 players will have been born on or after 1st January 1992. Eriksen, Lamela, Carroll, Fryers, Kane and Stewart, for example, do not need to be included on the list.

Should we sign more players, others will have to drop out of the squad. With big question marks remaining over the futures of Adebayor, Asseou-Ekotto and Gomes, plus with Obika and Dawkins likely to leave (at least on loan), we should be able to create enough room for further signings if required.

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