Home Grown Players (HGP) Quota – January 2021 Transfer Window

I tend to write each year about the 25-man squad and the implications of the home grown players rule and how it will impact on Spurs’ transfer strategy. The home grown player numbers could impact on how many signings José Mourinho can make, the nature of those signings and/or the size of our squad for the rest of the season.

The Premier League ‘Home Grown Players (HGP)’ Rule

The misconception about the requirement itself is that clubs must name eight home grown players in their squads. We could name fewer than eight HGPs, but would need to also name fewer than 25 players in our squad — for example, if we only have seven HGPs, we can name a 24-man squad, 6/23, 5/22, etc. 

Remember, an HGP is defined as one whom, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21). Source: Premier League.

As ever, we will not need to name players who are under 21 on our squad list, so could augment our squad with youngsters. This would mean that we could manage with, say, a 22-man squad with just five HGPs, but would need plenty of under 21 players who are ready to play (particularly if we qualify for the Europa League). For the 2020/21 campaign, players considered ‘under 21’ will have been born on or after 1st January 1999. This means that for the current season we still have a number of ‘freebies’ who are fairly well-known names: Brandon Austin, Gedson Fernandes (if he stays…), Japhet Tanganga, Jack Clarke, Jamie Bowden, Harvey White, J’Neil Bennett, Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Dennis Cirkin.

Remember, we also have some players out on-loan – these players could also have been classified as ‘freebies’: Jack Roles, TJ Eyoma, Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp, Troy Parrott. More players may well move out on loan in January.

The Europa League ‘Home Grown Players (HGP)’ Rule

The Europa League rules are a little different to the Premier League rules — have a look at article 42 (‘Player lists’) of the regulations. UEFA don’t just want clubs to have players trained elsewhere in the FA structure — they have additional requirements for club-trained players. They want to encourage clubs to bring through their own young players.

If we want to name a ‘full’ squad in the Europa League, we would need at least four ‘association-trained’ players (we currently have: Hart, Dele, Doherty, Sessegnon, Clarke) and four ‘club-trained’ players (we currently have: Bale, Georgiou, Kane, Marsh, Rose, Sterling, Tracey, Whiteman and Winks). Many of these players are on-loan (Sessegnon, Sterling, Tracey), or simply not likely to be selected (Georgiou, Marsh, Rose).


When we named our Premier League squad list in October, we included exactly 25 players, nine of whom were HGP: Dele Alli, Gareth Bale, Ben Davies, Matt Doherty, Joe Hart, Harry Kane, Joe Rodon, Alfie Whiteman, Harry Winks. If we were to sell or loan Dele or Winks, we would would be able to add one additional HGP or non-HGP without removing any other players from the squad list. If we were to sell or loan both, we would only be able to name a 24-man squad unless we signed a new HGP.

It’s a more delicate situation in the Europa League, though. The bottom line is that, if we were to sell or loan Dele and/or Winks, our Europa League squad would be reduced. We could replace Dele with another association-trained player were we to sign someone new, but we could only replace Winks with a club-trained player (Georgiou, Marsh, Rose, Sterling, Tracey). Of course, we could also sign a non-locally trained player and remove another from the Europa League squad.

#PlayerDOBAgeStatusPL HGPEL Locally Trained
1Hugo Lloris26/12/198634   
2Joe Hart19/04/198733 YAssociation
3Toby Alderweireld02/03/198931   
4Gareth Bale16/07/198931 YClub
5Moussa Sissoko16/08/198931   
6Danny Rose02/07/199030 YClub
7Paulo Gazzaniga02/01/199228   
8Matt Doherty16/02/199228 YAssociation
9Erik Lamela04/03/199228   
10Son Heung-min 08/07/199228   
11Lucas Moura13/08/199228   
12Serge Aurier24/12/199228   
13Ben Davies24/04/199327 Y 
14Harry Kane28/07/199327 YClub
15Eric Dier15/01/199426   
16Pierre-Emile Højbjerg05/08/199525   
17Harry Winks02/02/199624 YClub
18Giovani Lo Celso09/04/199624   
19Dele Alli11/04/199624 YAssociation
20Davinson Sánchez12/06/199624   
21Sergio Reguilón16/12/199624   
22Tanguy Ndombele28/12/199624   
23Anthony Georgiou24/02/199723 YClub
24Steven Bergwijn08/10/199723   
25Joe Rodon22/10/199723 Y 
26Cameron Carter-Vickers31/12/199722On-loanYClub
27Juan Foyth12/01/199822On-loan  
28Shilow Tracey29/04/199822On-loanYClub
29Alfie Whiteman02/10/199822 YClub
30George Marsh05/11/199822 YClub
31Kazaiah Sterling09/11/199822On-loanYClub
32Gedson Fernandes09/01/199921 N/A 
33Ryan Sessegnon18/05/200020On-loanN/AAssociation
34Jack Clarke23/11/200020 N/AAssociation
Spurs’ over-21 (and UEFA List A under-21) players, ordered by DOB

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