As we all know, Premier League clubs must submit a squad list for the upcoming season at the end of this month. They can fill up to 25 spaces, of which a maximum of 17 can be non-homegrown players (NHG). The rest must be made up of homegrown (HG) players (any player who was registered to an English or Welsh FA affiliated club for at least three years before they turned 21).
So a club could theoretically name a 17-man squad comprised entirely of NHG players, a 25-man squad comprised of 17 NHG and eight HG players, or any combination that sees no more than 17 NHG players included.
Clubs can also name as many U21 players as they want. To be eligible this year, they must have been born on or after January 1, 1998.
NHG (17) Aubameyang, Ceballos, Elneny, Kolasinac, Lacazette, Leno, Luiz, Mavropanos, Mkhitaryan, Monreal, Mustafi, Ozil, Pepe, Sokratis, Tierney, Torreira, Xhaka
HG (6) Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Macey, Maitland-Niles, Martinez
Notable U21s: Guendouzi, Martinelli, Nelson, Smith Rowe, Willock
Well done, Arsenal. Pats on the back. And that is even without Mo Elneny and Shkodran Mustafi, neither of whom made the bench on the opening weekend, being shifted on.
NHG (12) El Ghazi, Engels, Elmohamady, Guilbert, Jota, Kalinic, Kodjia, McGinn, Nakamba, Nyland, Trezeguet, Wesley
HG (12) Chester, Grealish, Hause, Heaton, Hourihane, Konsa, Lansbury, Mings, Steer, Targett, Taylor, Tshibola
Notable U21s: Davis, Luiz
A series of loans – Scott Hogan and James Bree among them – have taken Aston Villa below the 25-man threshold.
NHG (5) Boruc, Danjuma, Fraser, Lerma, Rico
HG (21) Ake, Begovic, Billing, Brooks, Butcher, L. Cook, S. Cook, Daniels, Francis, Gosling, Ibe, Kelly, King, Mepham, Simpson, Smith, Solanke, Stacey, Stanislas, Surman, Wilson
Notable U21s: Ramsdale, Travers, Taylor
We’re not sure even Matt Butcher will notice when he is omitted from Bournemouth’s Premier League squad.
NHG (17) Ahannach, Andone, Balogun, Bernardo, Bissouma, Bong, Gross, Hemed, Izquierdo, Jahanbakhsh, Locadia, Maupay, Montoya, Propper, Ryan, Schelotto, Trossard
HG (10) Burn, Button, Duffy, Dunk, March, Mooy, Murray, Steele, Stephens, Webster
Notable U21s: Baluta
Beram Kayal, Markus Suttner and Percy Tau have all left but Brighton still have too many damned players. Soufyan Ahannach and Ezequiel Scheletto have got to be the favourites to go next.
NHG (4) Defour, Gudmundsson, Pieters, Vydra
HG (21) Bardsley, Barnes, Brady, Cork, Drinkwater, Dunne, Gibson, Hart, Hendrick, Legzdins, Lennon, Long, Lowton, Mee, Peacock-Farrell, Pope, Rodriguez, Tarkowski, Taylor, Westwood, Wood
Notable U21s: Driscoll-Glennon, McNeil
Brexit Burnley are just fine. It’s almost beautiful.
NHG (20) Alonso, Bakayoko, Batshuayi, Kepa, Azpilicueta, Caballero, Giroud, Jorginho, Kante, Kenedy, Kovacic, Palmieri, Pantic, Pedro, Rahman, Rudiger, Willian, Van Ginkel, Zappacosta, Zouma
HG (8) Abraham, Barkley, Blackman, Christensen, Hector, Loftus-Cheek, Piazon, Tomori
Notable U21s: Hudson-Odoi, Mount, Pulisic
Chelsea have basically got to lose three of those players. Our money is on Lucas Piazon, Baba Rahman and Marco van Ginkel. What a world we live in.
NHG (11) Ayew, Benteke, Camarasa, Guaita, Kouyate, McArthur, McCarthy, Meyer, Milivojevic, Riedewald, Sakho
HG (14) Cahill, Dann, Henderson, Hennessey, Henry, Inniss, Kelly, Schlupp, Tomkins, Townsend, Van Aanholt, Ward, Wickham, Zaha
Notable U21s Woods
Perfect. Apart from the fact that they are in a gentle downward spiral.
NHG (14) Bernard, Coleman, Gbamin, Digne, Gomes, Lossl, Martina, Mina, Mirallas, Niasse, Richarlison, Sidibe, Stekelenburg, Tosun
HG (12) Baines, Bolasie, Calvert-Lewin, Delph, Holgate, Iwobi, Kean, Keane, Pickford, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Walcott
Notable U21s Gibson, Davies
That’s too many players, Marco. So we can expect to see exits for Cuco Martina, Yannick Bolasie and probably Kevin Mirallas too.
NHG (17) Amartey, Benkovic, Diabate, Fuchs, Ghezzal, Iheanacho, Jakupovic, Kapustka, Mendy, Ndidi, Pereira, Perez, Praet, Silva, Slimani, Soyuncu, Tielemans
HG (14) Albrighton, Barnes, Chilwell, Choudhury, Evans, Gray, James, King, Maddison, Morgan, Schmeichel, Thomas, Vardy, Ward
Notable U21s: Justin, Leshabela
Eesh. There’s some trimming to do there. Six must go/miss out so we predict Fousseni Diabate, Bartosz Kapustka, Islam Slimani, Adrien Silva, Matty James and Andy King.
NHG (13) Alisson, Fabinho, Firmino, Keita, Lovren, Mane, Matip, Origi, Robertson, Salah, Shaqiri, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum
HG (7) Clyne, Gomez, Henderson, Kent, Lallana, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain
Notable U21s: Alexander-Arnold, Brewster, Elliott, Hoever, Jones, Kelleher, Van den Berg
That’s not a lot of players.
NHG (17) Aguero, Bravo, Cancelo, De Bruyne, Ederson, Fernandinho, Gundogan, Jesus, Laporte, Mahrez, Mendy, Otamendi, Rodri, Sane, B. Silva, D. Silva, Zinchenko
HG (6) Angelino, Carson, Garcia, Sterling, Stones, Walker
Notable U21s Foden, Grimshaw, Meshino
They’re pretty much sorted, aren’t they?
NHG (11) Bailly, Darmian, De Gea, Fred, Lindelof, Martial, Mata, Matic, Rojo, Romero, Sanchez
HG (15) Borthwick-Jackson, Grant, James, Jones, Lingard, Maguire, McTominay, A. Pereira, Pogba, Rashford, Shaw, Smalling, Tuanzebe, Wan-Bissaka, Young
Notable U21s Chong, Dalot, Fosu-Mensah, Garner, Gomes, Greenwood
Sound the ‘too many players’ klaxon. Well Cameron Borthwick-Jackson can still move to League One on loan, while somebody somewhere will surely take Matteo Darmian or Marcos Rojo on loan? Surely?
NHG (16) Almiron, Atsu, Dubravka, Fernandez, Ki, Krafth, Joelinton, Lazaar, Lejeune, Manquillo, Maximin, Muto, Saivet, Schar, Willems, Yedlin
HG (14) Aarons, Carroll, Clark, Colback, Darlow, Dummett, Elliot, Gayle, Hayden, Lascelles, Longstaff (S), Ritchie, Shelvey, Sterry.
Notable U21s Longstaff (M)
Newcastle have already announced their squad and confirmed that Jack Colback, Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry have missed out.
NHG (17) Amadou, Buendia, Drmic, Fahrmann, Heise, Hernandez, Klose, Leitner, McGovern, McLean, Pukki, Srbeny, Stiepermann, Tettey, Trybull, Vrancic, Zimmermann
HG (5) Byram, Hanley, Krul, Roberts, Thompson
Notable U21s: Aarons, Cantwell, Godfrey, Idah, Lewis, Oxborough
Norwich have an awful lot of players we absolutely could not pick out of a line-up. But they do not have too many players, which is crucial here.
NHG (5) Besic, Fleck, Stevens, Mousset, Verrips.
HG (25) Baldock, Basham, Bryan, Carruthers, Clarke, Egan, Evans, K. Freeman, L. Freeman, Henderson, Heneghan, Holmes, Jagielka, Lundstram, McBurnie, McGoldrick, Morrison, Moore, Norwood, O’Connell, Osborn, Robinson, Sharp, Stearman, Wright
Sheffield United have a whole wealth of players who will not be named in their Premier League squad. We’re guessing Ben Heneghan, Jake Wright, Samir Carruthers, Leon Clarke and Ricky Holmes might be the ones to get the chop.
NHG (13) Armstrong, Bednarek, Boufal, Carillo, Cedric, Danso, Elyounoussi, Hoedt, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Romeu, Vestergaard, Yoshida
HG (14) Adams, Barnes, Bertrand, Forster, Gunn, Hesketh, Ings, Lewis, Long, McCarthy, McQueen, Redmond, Stephens, Ward-Prowse
Notable U21s: Djenepo, Obafemi, Ramsay, Slattery, Valery
You would be very surprised if Wesley Hoedt was at Southampton beyond August. And very, very surprised if Southampton used a squad space on Marcus Barnes.
NHG (16) Alderweireld, Aurier, Dier, Eriksen, Gazzaniga, Lamela, Lloris, Lo Celso, Moura, Ndombele, Nkoudou, Sanchez, Sissoko, Son, Vertonghen, Wanyama
HG (6) Alli, Davies, Kane, Rose, Walker-Peters, Winks
Notable U21s: Foyth, Sessegnon, Skipp
Not a massive squad but small can be beautiful.
NHG (17) Capoue, Deulofeu, Doucoure, Femenia, Foulquier, Gomes, Holebas, Janmaat, Kabasele, Masina, Okaka, Penaranda, Pereyra, Prodl, Sema, Success, Zeegelaar
HG (11) Bachmann, Cathcart, Chalobah, Cleverley, Dawson, Deeney, Foster, Gray, Hughes, Mariappa, Welbeck.
Notable U21s: Dahlberg, Dele-Bashiru, Hernandez, Quina, Sarr, Stuparevic.
We’re pretty sure some of these players do not exist. And we’re pretty sure Marvin Zeegelaar, Cucho Hernandez and Stefano Okaka will not play for Watford this season.
NHG (17) Ajeti, Anderson, Balbuena, Diop, Fabianski, Fornals, Haller, Hernandez, Lanzini, Masuaku, Ogbonna, Reid, Roberto, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Yarmolenko, Zabaleta
HG (6) Antonio, Cresswell, Fredericks, Martin, Noble, Wilshere
Notable U21s: Cardoso, Rice
They are good to go.
NHG (16) Boly, Bonatini, Cutrone, Dendoncker, Jimenez, Jonny, Jota, Moutinho, Ofosu-Ayeh, Neves, Roderick, Rui Patricio, Saiss, Traore, Vallejo, Yang.
HG (8) Bennett, Burgoyne, Coady, Deslandes, Doherty, Graham, Kilman, Ruddy.
Notable U21s: Gibbs-White, Jordao, Neto, Vinagre.
Good to go with 24 players. Even though Nuno will use only 14 of them.