August 16, 2013

25-man squad latest

Our squad clear-out 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*

Mousa Dembélé
Étienne Capoue
Scott Parker*
Lewis Holtby

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

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:

Simon Dawkins*
Jonathan Obika*

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. Carroll, Fryers, Kane and Stewart, for example, do not need to be included on the list.

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. With Parker expected to leave, and a question mark over Adebayor and Gomes’ futures too, we should be able to create enough room for further signings.

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  • Tony says:

    Given that AVB mentions the “versatility” of Capoue, I expect him to be that 4th centre back. More signings? I think we have made enough already. Season kicking off tomorrow. Time for signings should mostly be over.

  • hmorello says:

    So glad Tony isn’t the manager.
    We ALWAYS end up needing 5 CB’s.

    I would do this.

    Gomes-New (Homegrown)Backup GK

    • Tony says:

      Erm.. I was not saying that is what I would have done! I was merely stating what I expect AVB will do. It sounded clear to me! I would have kept Caulker and had four CBs. AVB explicitly stated that he wanted 4. Then sold Caulker…. Are you glad AVB is the manager….?

      • wiseone says:

        Better to keep caulker and sell Dawson or sell both and buy Cahill and samba

      • bonse says:

        In dawson we have a strange one. Caulker was very good but was the same type of centre back as vert and kaboul, the only cb we had like dawson was gallas. Now, Vert and Kaboul do not play well together, or at least they didnt the few times they did in preseason last year and due to injury they havent had anytime to work on that. we had 3 centerbacks of typeA and one of typeB, it makes sense we got rid of the weakest typeA and look for a strong typeB.

  • wiseone says:

    Please sell adebayo and Dawson
    now , plan adequate replacement
    We don’t need any weaknesses in defense or attack

  • wiseone says:

    And don’t sell Parker we need him for 2 more seasons

  • Jake says:

    Gomes & Falque prob won’t be in squad & Parker looks as though he’ll be gone

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