Report reveals how Tottenham’s homegrown numbers stack up in PL and CL 

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Football.London have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur are currently two players over the limit of the number of non-homegrown players allowed for the Champions League. 

With just a week left until the transfer window shuts, Spurs have to be mindful of their homegrown numbers while deciding on which players to move on and who to sign. 

What complicates the matter even more for the North London club is the fact that the rules are slightly different regarding what constitutes a homegrown player in the Premier League and Champions League.

Football.London explain that Eric Dier is considered homegrown in the Champions League but not in the Premier League since he spent his formative years in Portugal.

Meanwhile, both Matt Doherty and Ben Davies are considered homegrown according to Premier League rules but they would have to be listed as non-homegrown players in the Champions League.

The Premier League rules state that no more than 17 overseas players can be named as part of the 25-man squad, with Spurs currently having 15 non-homegrown players and ten homegrown players.

Here’s how Tottenham’s numbers stack up for the Premier League:

Premier League non-homegrown players: Hugo Lloris, Emerson Royal, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Davinson Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Ivan Perisic, Dejan Kulusevski, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min, Richarlison (15)

Premier League homegrown players: Fraser Forster, Brandon Austin, Djed Spence, Matt Doherty, Ben Davies, Japhet Tanganga, Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Harry Kane (10)

U21 list: Harvey White, Pape Matar Sarr, Bryan Gil

However, Football.London reveal that Tottenham are currently two players over the limit of the 17 non-homegrown players allowed for the Champions.

This is because apart from Doherty and Davies being considered non-homegrown, Bryan Gil and Pape Matar Sarr cannot be listed in the B list (Under-21s) as neither player has been at the club for an uninterrupted period of two seasons.

In addition, UEFA competitions also require four spots for ‘club trained’ players (Austin, Tanganga, Winks, Skipp and Harry Kane) and four for ‘association trained’ players (Sessegnon, Spence and Forster).

Should a club list fewer than eight locally trained players, then the maximum number of players on List A would be reduced accordingly.

Here’s how Tottenham’s homegrown numbers stack up in the Champions League:

Champions League non-homegrown players: Hugo Lloris, Matt Doherty, Emerson Royal, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Reguilon, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Pape Matar Sarr, Ivan Perisic, Dejan Kulusevski, Bryan Gil, Lucas Moura, Son Heung-min, Richarlison (19)

Champions League homegrown players: Fraser Forster, Brandon Austin, Djed Spence, Japhet Tanganga, Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp, Harry Winks, Harry Kane. (8)

B list: Harvey White

Spurs Web Opinion

I expect Winks, Reguilon, Gil and Sarr to leave before the transfer window closes and one non-homegrown attacking player (potentially Malinovskyi) to come through the door. 

That will leave us with 17 non-homegrown players in the Champions League, with White potentially being named among the homegrown list instead of the Under-21 list to ensure we have eight locally trained players.

These numbers also mean that if Tanganga does leave, we would have to replace him with a homegrown defender or end up excluding a non-homegrown player from the Champions League squad.

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