Report outlines current state of play on Tottenham’s homegrown player problem

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Football.London have outlined Tottenham’s homegrown and non-homegrown members of the playing squad ahead of the new season. 

Spurs are expected to be active in the summer transfer window with Antonio Conte looking to bring a number of new personnel after guiding the club back into the Champions League (Telegraph). 

The club confirmed its first signing in Ivan Perisic on a free transfer on Tuesday while goalkeeper Fraser Forster is set to arrive from Southampton to kick off the likely flurry of transfer activity (Evening Standard).

But with the focus on bringing in new names and shifting players on, Spurs have to be wary of complying with specific squad rules when naming squads for both the Premier League and Champions League. 

And Football.London has now set out to break down the current state of play regarding homegrown and non-homegrown players at the club as the countdown to the new season begins. 

Tottenham will be required to name their 25-man list for the Premier League when the transfer window slams shut, with the rules stating no more than 17 overseas players can be registered, leaving the remaining eight spots to homegrown players. 

A separate list is created for the Under-21s squad, which can allow clubs to make space on their main register as their younger players do not have to appear, providing they were born before January 1, 2001. 

As such, Dejan Kulusevski, Ryan Sessegnon and Oliver Skipp will appear on the senior list next term as they were born before the aforementioned cut-off date. 

That now takes Spurs up to 15 non-homegrown players with Perisic replacing the departing Pierluigi Gollini, while it also includes returning loanees Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso.

Meanwhile, youngsters Troy Parrott, Pape Matar Sarr, and Bryan Gil are currently pencilled in to be placed on the U21 list while Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jack Clarke could make the homegrown tally. 

However, the non-homegrown count could change drastically with as many as 10 senior players facing uncertain futures (Evening Standard) as the off-season period gets underway. 

Premier League – Tottenham’s non-homegrown players 

Hugo Lloris; Emerson Royal, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez, Sergio Reguilon;  Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele; Ivan Perisic, Dejan Kulusevski, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son. 

Premier League – Tottenham’s homegrown players 

Brandon Austin; Matt Doherty, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies, Japhet Tanganga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ryan Sessegnon; Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks; Jack Clarke, Harry Kane.

Premier League – Tottenham’s Under-21 players 

Harvey White, Pape Matar Sarr; Bryan Gil, Dane Scarlett, Troy Parrott

However, the rules between the Premier League and Champions League differ slightly, which could offer Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici a slight headache when it comes to carrying out the rest of their business. 

Players who have established their early careers outside of English football are considered as non-homegrown and for Spurs that includes Matt Doherty, Ben Davies and Joe Rodon, who are able to appear on the Premier League’s homegrown list. 

Clubs in the Champions League are also required to submit a ‘B’ list for players born before on or after January 1, 2001, but the main catch is they must have been a registered name for two consistent seasons with no interruptions. 

Both Gil and Sarr are able to feature on said list, but Tottenham’s issue is the pair have not been at the club consistently for those two seasons which in turn will force them onto the non-homegrown list. 

That means Spurs have 20 non-homegrown players currently at their disposal, although that is three more than the 17-man limit if they were to name all of them. 

Champions League – Tottenham’s non-homegrown players

Hugo Lloris; Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon, Sergio Reguilon; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Pape Matar Sarr; Ivan Perisic, Dejan Kulusevski, Bryan Gil, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son. 

Champions League – Tottenham’s homegrown players 

Brandon Austin; Japhet Tanganga, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ryan Sessegnon; Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks; Jack Clarke, Harry Kane.

Champions League – Tottenham’s ‘B’ list 

Harvey White; Dane Scarlett, Troy Parrott

 

Spurs Web Opinion 

What this shows is Tottenham are on the edge when it comes to the non-homegrown list in the Premier League, but could have a problem when it comes to the Champions League. 

But that can be rectified with the number of outgoings this summer coupled with the right incomings, which could go a long way towards easing this problem down the line. 

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