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With the new rules coming into effect next season I thought it’s worth looking into them to see how it will effect the squads. For those who don’t know, teams in the Premier League will be limited to a squad of 25 next season 8 of whom have to be home grown (trained in England/Wales for 3 years before their 21st Birthday.

You can have as many U21 players outside the squad as you want.

Took most of this from elsewhere so I can’t vouch for their accuracy but at a glance it seems quite accurate.

Chelsea Arsenal        Liverpool       Man Utd

1. Terry       1. Bendtner    1. Johnson      1. Neville
2. Lampard     2. Clichy      2. Gerrard      2. Ferdinand
3. Cole        3. Djourou     3. Carragher    3. Brown
4. Turnbull    4. Gibbs       4. Spearing     4. Owen
5. Mancienne   5. Traore      5. Insua        5. Rooney
6. J.Cole      6. Song        6. Shelvey      6. Giggs
7. Mikel       7. Cesc        7. Kelly        7. Foster
8. Hutchinson  8. Walcott     8. Ayala        8. Carrick
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9. Cech        9. Sol         9. Cavalieri    9. Scholes
10. Ivanovic   10. Senderos   10. Agger       10. O'Shea
11. Alex       11. Vela       11. Torres      11. Evans
12. Zhirkov    12. Almunia    12. Aurelio     12. Fletcher
13. Essien     13. Van Persie 13. Benayoun    13. Gibson
14. Malouda    14. Fabianski  14. Maxi        14. VDS
15. Drogba     15. Sagna      15. Kuyt        15. Kuszczak
16. Anelka     16. Vermaelen  16. Babel       16. Evra
17. Bosingwa   17. Gallas     17. Mascherano  17. Hargreaves
18. Matic      18. Silvestre  18. Lucas       18. Anderson
19. Kalou      19. Diaby      19. Riera       19. Berbatov
20. Ballack    20. Rosicky    20. Ngog        20. Park
21. Deco       21. Nasri      21. Reina       21. Vidic
22. Carvalho   22. Arshavin   22. El Zhar     22. Nani
23. Ferraira   23. Eboue      23. Skrtel      23. Valencia
24. Hilario    24. Eduardo    24. Aquilani    24. Tosic
25. Belletti   25. Denilson   25. Nemeth      25 Obertan

So to sum up:

– Chelsea and United would need to sell before buying. If Joe Cole leaves Chelsea he’ll have to be replaced by someone who fits the HG rules.

– Arsenal’s system of kidnapping european babes has paid off hugely, is this what they intended?

I stole this off an arsenal web site, that is a bit old, but you get the drift.

Will be interesting to see how this effects the transfer window, will the big clubs start looking to buy more English players?

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  1. This can only lead to two things (i) more pinching of teenage players from the continent before they sign professional forms, and (ii) even greater price inflation for English players, many of who (I would say) are already over-priced.

    I guess that this is the FA trying to help the English game, but I’m not really convinced that it will work – you’ll end up with squad fillers rather than forcing clubs to invest in youth training, I suspect. Smaller clubs may struggle with it too, as spending £x on training 200 youth players, one of whom might make it is more expensive than buying a player in, using him for a couple of seasons, then selling him on (hopefully at a profit).

    I’m unconvinced.

  2. it is hard to know how it will play out alright. it seems strange that it will favour arsenal, who despit not having any english players in their youth team, have players that qualify. really does favour poaching early.
    the max squad of 25 will be interesting also, means you can only really have two players in any one position, and means we’ll get back to the good old days of players playing out of position.
    do you remember the time steve staunton played up front for the ‘pool and scored a hat trick? did that actually happen, or did i make it up?
    it will be interesting…

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