August 3, 2013

25-man squad update

A fortnight ago I wrote this on our 25-man squad. Since then we’ve had a busy time! Chadli and Soldado in, Caulker and now Dempsey out. This leaves 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*

Sandro
Paulinho
Mousa Dembélé
Scott Parker*
Lewis Holtby
Tom Huddlestone*
Jake Livermore*

Gareth Bale*
Aaron Lennon*
Nacer Chadli
Gylfi Sigurðsson*
Andros Townsend*

Roberto Soldado
Emmanuel Adebayor
Jermain Defoe*

As it stands, the following professional players (who are over the age cut-off and not on loan) will miss out:

Yago Falque
Simon Dawkins*
Jonathan Obika*

Should we sign more players (and it’s very clear that we need to sign a centre-back), others will have to drop out of the squad. I would suggest that Gomes and Livermore are the most vulnerable, but offers will likely be considered for Parker and Huddlestone too. Personally I’d aim to upgrade on Naughton and Defoe, but would understand AVB sticking with them for continuity.

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  • baggyshortso says:

    Agree with your comments, looking forward to U21’s at Aldershot next friday.

  • Tom says:

    Agree with the upgrading requirement of Defoe and Naughton but I reckon Naughton won’t be sold until Smith returns.
    If Gomes was sold how ready are the other backups (Archer, Miles) to play EL or cup games?
    Personally would like to see Huddlestone be sold as it would open up more game time for Carroll.
    Any chance of getting any money for Dawkins, Obika or Falque?

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