September 2, 2015
Now that the transfer window has closed, we are required to notify the Premier League of our 25-man squad.
To summarise the rule again, we are able to name a 25-man squad if 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 – for example, 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 our squad list; for the 2015/16 campaign, players considered ‘under 21’ will have been born on or after 1st January 1994.
Since the beginning of last season we have lost two ‘home grown’ players (Kyle Naughton and Aaron Lennon) from our squad list. We have also sold Grant Hall and Ryan Fredericks, who were on loan last season. We have added Kieran Trippier, who is home grown, but also four non-home grown players in Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer, Clinton Njie and Heung-min Son. Dele Alli falls into the under-21 category.
Also, since last season, Harry Kane has passed the age threshold and will need to be named in the squad, whereas last year he was simply included in our list of under-21 players.
Our ‘named’ 25-man squad should consist of the following (* = home grown player):
Alex Pritchard *
NB: DeAndre Yedlin is on loan at Sunderland for the season.
We are then able to select any players who were born on or after January 1994 without needing to register them. This means that any of the following (plus the other first and second year academy scholars) would be available for selection. NB: I have presented them in age order.
Shaq Coulthirst (on loan at Wigan Athletic)
Grant Ward (on loan at Rotherham United)
Dominic Ball (on loan at Rangers)
Connor Ogilvie (on loan at Stevenage)
Nathan Oduwa (on loan at Rangers)
We have only 22 players that would need to be included in our squad list, nine of whom are home grown players.
Our squad was in a very healthy situation leading up to the end of the transfer window – we could have made a further three signings without worrying about having to ‘make space’ for them. We also ended up keeping Adebayor and Fazio when it seems as though we wanted to sell both.