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27 Jun 2022 22:02:42
Am i right in saying that as it stands we have our 25 over age squad players limit at the club already?

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27 Jun 2022 23:03:03
Including Davies, Phillips and both Williamses, and discounting Minamino, who hasn't officially left yet but will, I actually count 27 over age players. Plus Carvalho and Elliot who are U21 and don't need to be registered as part of the 25 for the Premier League.

However, I'm fairly sure Carvalho does need to be registered as part of the 25 senior players for the CL even though he's under 21. The CL registry has an additional requirement that the player has to have been at the club for 2 years to count as an under 21 player which Carvalho doesn't meet.

Even if all of the players I listed in the first paragraph depart, club trained players remains something of an issue for the Champions League squad. We have only three club trained players (Trent, Jones and Kelleher) who, imo, are likely to be involved in the first team squad, and we're supposed to have 4. The only over 21 players we can register in the fourth club trained slot slot are Rhys or Neco Williams, and the latter is presumably going to leave, if not both of them. Otherwise the slot is left empty. Then obviously four more players need to be Home Grown players, but without having to be club trained. Those will presumably be Henderson, Gomez, Milner plus one other, likely Ox unless we sell him. Elliot I don't think requires registry for the CL as he's in his 4th season here and is still Under 21.

That leaves us with 17 slots for the other players, and that has to include Carvalho. Excluding the 4 players I mentioned at the start of the post who are presumably surplus to requirements, we have 16 "foreign" players plus Carvalho (assuming I counted correctly), so we can register everyone we need. But if we want anyone else, we have to sell to make room. And if the player we sell is Ox, his replacement has to be Home Grown.

Long post. Sorry.

28 Jun 2022 10:19:35
SR, don't disagree with anything you have said, albeit I wasn't aware of the 2 year rule for U21 - you learn something new every day!

However, Jones will be classed as U21 for this season too - definitely for EPL squad but also for CL - as he was U21 on 1 Jan 22. Makes our problem bigger, unfortunately!

28 Jun 2022 13:19:52
Don't think it matters much as Jones can play without being part of the 25 instead of going into a slot that can't be used by another player anyway.



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