Every club has announced their squad of 25 players for the new season up until January 2011 when changes can be made.
These new season the clubs are required to meet the home-grown quota as the FA prepares to develop English football after the nations pathetic display at the World Cup. Yesterday midnight was the deadline for the Premier League clubs to announce their respective squads and they have met their deadline.
Let us have a sneak peek into the squads that will be competing for the next four months.
Arsene Wenger might have complained about the home-grown quota policy but he surely was one of the managers who had no worries in announcing his squad. His youth oriented program has reaped its benefits as he could include all of his talented youngsters into his 20-man squad. Theo Walcott, Carlos Vela and Aaron Ramsey will not count within the 25-man squad as they are under-21.
The squad is Manuel Almunia, Andrei Arshavin, Nicklas Bendtner, Marouane Chamakh, Gael Clichy,Denilson, Abou Diaby, Cesc Fabregas, Johan Djourou, Emmanuel Eboue, Lukasz Fabianski, Laurent Koscielny, Vito Mannone, Samir Nasri, Tomas Rosicky,Bacary Sagna, Alexandre Song, Robin Van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci.
Aston Villa manager Kevin McDonald had the least of troubles in naming his squad. With 15 home-grown players already in the squad he had no trouble in announcing his 25-man squad for the new season. The team as announced are:
Brad Friedel, Brad Guzan, James Collins, Carlos Cuellar, Curtis Davies, Habib Beye, Richard Dunne, Stephen Warnock, Stewart Downing, Luke Young, Eric Lichaj, Stylian Petrov, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Emile Heskey, Stephen Ireland, Jonathan Hogg, Isaiah Osbourne, Nigel Reo-Coker, Ashley Young, John Carew, Moustapha Salifou and Steve Sidwell.
Under-21s Marc Albrighton, Nathan Delfouneso, Barry Bannan, Ciaran Clark and Fabian Delph are also available for selection.
Blues' manager Alex McLeish has been the busiest of all during the transfer window and more so on the deadline day. With a handful of homegrown players at his disposal the Birmingham manager had plenty to choose and was pretty busy making new signings and bolstering his squad till the window was shut.
He has no problems announcing a full squad while meeting the quota requirements. The squad named is as follows:
Maik Taylor, Kevin Phillips, Stephen Carr, David Murphy, Michel, Lee Bowyer, Nikola Zigic, Roger Johnson, Liam Ridgewell, Jean Beausejour, Sebastian Larsson, Craig Gardner, Cameron Jerome, Keith Fahy, Garry O'Connor, Barry Ferguson, Colin Doyle, Martin Jiranek, Matt Derbyshire, Scott Dann, James McFadden, Stuart Parnaby, Alexander Hleb, Ben Foster, James O'Shea.
Sam Allardyce faced a bit of a problem in naming his 25-man squad. Though he was able to fulfill the home-grown quota in naming his squad he could only manage a 21-man squad with youngsters Aaron Doran, Grant Hanley, Gavin Gunning, Junior Hoilett, Amine Linganzi, Josh Morris and Phil Jones also available at his hand during the season.
The squad named by stands as follows: Paul Robinson, Gael Givet, Ryan Nelsen, David Dunn, Vince Grella, Chris Samba, Brett Emerton, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Mark Bunn, Keith Andrews, Michel Salgado, Steven Nzonzi, Jason Brown, Frank Fielding, Martin Olsson, Pascal Chimbonda, Mame Biram Diouf, Jason Roberts, Benjani, El-Hadji Diouf, Nikola Kalinic.
Blackpool had no problems in naming their squad as they already have 15 players who fall under the home-grown quota.
The squad as named is as follows: Alex John-Baptiste, Stephen Crainey, Malaury Martin, Ishmael Demontagnac, Charlie Adam, Neal Eardley, Robert Edwards, Jaso Euell, Ian Evatt, Matthew Gilks, Daniel Coid, Marlon Harewood, Dekel Keinan, Chris Basham, Brett Ormerod, Luke Varney, Ludovic Sylvestre, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, David Vaughan, Elliot Grandin, DJ Campbell, David Carney, Keith Southern.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle named his squad of 24 players including 13 home grown players for the new season.
Following is the squad names announced: Adam Bogdan, Tamir Cohen, Kevin Davies, Mark Davies, Sean Davis, Johan Elmander, Robbie Blake, Stuart Holden, Jussi Jaaskalainen, Fabrice Muamba, Ivan Klasnic, Zat Knight, Chung Yong-lee, Ricardo Gardner, Andy O'Brien, Joey O'Brien, Martin Petrov, Sam Ricketts, Paul Robinson, Gary Cahill, Gretar Steinsson, Matt Taylor, Al Al-Habsi.
Carlo Ancelotti was the most affected abiding by the home-grown quota as he failed to meet the minimum requirements of 8 players and hence had to announce a relatively smaller squad of 19 players. Though a small squad, Chelsea's squad seems the most deadly squad so far in the Premier League.
Chelsea players who will be donning Blues' colours atleast until January are: John Terry, Paulo Ferreira, Salomon Kalou, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Ramires, Frank Lampard, Yossi Benayoun, Daniel Sturridge, Patrick van Aanholt, Nicolas Anelka, Henrique Hilario, Jeffrey Bruma, Gael Kakuta, Fabio Borini, Josh McEachran, Didier Drogba, John Mikel Obi, Florent Malouda, Petr Cech and Ross Turnbull.
Everton boss David Moyes' was furious over his club's administrative error that allowed young prospect Dan Gosling to move to Newcastle in a free transfer. He loaned out a few to keep his squad balance intact and predictably announced his 21-man squad consisting of nine home grown players.
The squad comprises of : Mikel Arteta, Jan Mucha, Iain Turner, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov,Jermaine Beckford, Tony Hibbert, Tim Howard, Seamus Coleman, James Vaughan, Tim Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Louis Saha, Sylvain Distin, John Heitinga, Victor Anichebe, Leigton Baines, Steven Pienaar, Yakubu, Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Phil Neville.
The Cottagers' saw off their dependable left-back Paul Konchesky to Liverpool on the last day of the transfer window in exchange of two youngsters and cash. But Fulham manager Mark Hughes did not face any troubles over naming his squad as he had 11 homegrown players at his disposal and hence named a squad of 25, which is the maximum number of players that an EPL team can announce.
The team for the new season stands as follows: Bobby Zamora, David Stockdale, Fredrik Stoor, Aaron Hughes, Rafik Halliche, Brede Hangeland, Carlos Salcido, Zoltan Gera, John Pantsil, Clinton Dempsey, Bjorn Helge Riise, Dickson Etuhu,Mark Schwarzer, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Danny Murphy, Stephen Kelly, Jonathan Greening, Chris Baird, Damien Duff, Andrew Johnson, Diomansy Kamara, Moussa Dembele, David Elm, Simon Davies, Eddie Johnson.
New manager Roy Hodgson was supposedly linked with a host of strikers as it was felt that the Reds' talismanic but injury-prone forward needed a decent back-up to help him upfront. But to the Reds' fans disappointment the former Fulham manager signed some midfielders and defenders. Notable among them were Joe Cole, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Milan Jovanovic and Paul Konchesky.
The Liverpool manager had no troubles meeting the home-grown quota requirements as he had many players from his squad who fitted into that bill. Hodgy's revamped squad of 21 players is as follows:
Jamie Carragher, Stephen Darby, Glen Johnson, Sotirios Kyrgiakos,Brad Jones, Paul Konchesky, Jay Spearing, Fabio Aurelio, Ryan Babel, Milan Jovanovic, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, Pepe Reina, Martin Skrtel, Fernando Torres, Joe Cole, Steven Gerrard, Maxi Rodriguez, Daniel Agger.
He could also call on the services of Martin Kelly, Peter Gulacsi, Jonjo Shelvey, Daniel Pacheco, Nathan Eccleston, Daniel Wilson and David Ngog all of whom are under the age of 21 and hence do not count in the squad of 25.
Roberto Mancini's multi-million dollar squad is one of the best in the paper with no dearth of international football superstars arriving at the Eastlands' in exorbitant fees and wages. With an investment of over 120 million pounds City will be the team to watch out for. Mancini offloaded a number of players to partly recover some of the transfer expenditures.
With newly signed players like James Milner, Joe Hart fulfilling the home-grown requirements Mancini did not face much trouble in naming his squad of 25. He also has a handful of U-21s who can be called up when needed. They include Mario Balotelli, Dedryck Boyata, Greg Cunningham, Abdi Ibrahim and Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely.
The players in the squad are: Shay Given, Joe Hart, Jerome Boateng, Wayne Bridge, Vincent Kompany, Shaleum Logan, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta, Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson, Michael Johnson, Joleon Lescott, James Milner, David Silva, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Emmanuel Adebayor,Yaya Toure, Jo, Stuart Taylor, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez and Aleksander Kolarov.
Sir Alex Ferguson was quite during the summer transfer window and seemingly content with only a few small signings. But perhaps his biggest achievement was bringing the very promising and talented youngster Javier Hernandez to Old Trafford. The Mexican international has shown plenty of promise and is expected to be a United superstar for the future. His other signings were cheap and young, which was mainly due to lack of funds from the owners though both the manager and the owners refused the same.
Sir Alex made two surprising additions to his squad of 24 players with the injury-battling Owen Hargreaves and another outcast Michael Owen making it into his squad. Sir Alex can also use the services of his U-21 players Fabio, Ritchie De Laet, Bebe, Chris Smalling, Gabriel Obertan, Federico Macheda and Rafael.
The squad is as follows: Darren Fletcher, Tomasz Kuszczak, Darron Gibson, Edwin van der Sar, Wes Brown, Owen Hargreaves, Nani, Anderson, Park Ji-Sung, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov, John O'Shea, Javier Hernandez, Nemanja Vidic, Michael Carrick, Ben Amos, Michael Owen, Wayne Rooney, Jonathan Evans, Antonio Valencia.
The Toons' have plenty of players fulfilling the home-grown quota and hence announced a full-team squad. 17 of the players in the squad fulfill home-grown quota and manager Chris Hughton had no troubles naming his squad.
The squad as announced is: Sol Campbell, Steven Taylor, Shola Ameobi, Joey Barton, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands, Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Fabricio Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge, Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Mike Williamson, Xisco, Fraser Forster, Tim Krul, James Perch, Cheik Tiote, Hatem ben Arfa.
Youngsters Andy Carroll, Dan Gosling, Tamas Kadar and Haris Vuckic have not been included as they are all U-21 players and hence do not count.
The Potters' had more than 2/3rds of their squad players home-grown and hence manager Tony Pulis did not need to announce a depleted squad. He announced a full squad of 25, which is also the maximum limit for a squad size.
The squad stands as follows: Asmir Begovic, Danny Collins, Rory Delap, Salif Diao, Matthew Etherington, Abdoulaye Faye, Ricardo Fuller, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Danny Higginbotham, Robert Huth, Kenwyne Jones, Carlo Nash, Jermaine Pennant, Danny Pugh, Ryan Shawcross, Thomas Sorensen, Tuncay Sanli, Ryan Shotton, Tom Soares, Michael Tonge, Jonathan Walters, Glenn Whelan, Dean Whitehead, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson.
Black Cats' manager Steve Bruce was a happy man announcing his 24-men squad which comprises of 14 home-grown players. Youngsters like Nathan Luscombe,Jordan Henderson, Danny Welbeck and Ben Wilson are under the age of 21 and hence can play first team football without being counted for the squad announced.
The Black Cats' squad for the first half of the new season is: Phil Bardsley, Darren Bent, Titus Bramble, Fraizer Campbell, Trevor Carson, Lee Cattermole, Paulo Da Silva, Ahmed El Mohamady, Anton Ferdinand, Asamoah Gyan, David Healy, Steed Malbranque, George McCartney, John Mensah, Simon Mignolet, Nedum Onuoha, Andy Reid, Kieran Richardson, Crisitjan Riveros, Michael Turner, Robbie Weir,Marcos Angeleri, Boudewijn Zenden, Craig Gordon.
Spurs' easily announced their squad of 25 even after signing Rafael van der Vaart from Real Madrid on the last day of the transfer window. It was possible for them as they have 11 players who fulfill the home-grown quota. Even after announcing a full squad Harry Redknapp has the option to use the promising prospect Danny Rose who is still 20 and hence does not fall under the squad list.
The Spurs' 25-member suqad list is- Vedran Corluka, Peter Crouch, Carlo Cudicini, Heurelho Gomes, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, William Gallas, Tom Huddlestone, Alan Hutton, Jermaine Jenas, Younes Kaboul, Robbie Keane, Ledley King, Niko Kranjcar, Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric, Kyle Naughton, Jamie O'Hara, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Sebastian Bassong, David Bentley, Wilson Palacios, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Stipe Pletikosa and Rafael van der Vaart.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
The newly promoted sides gave a full 25-man squad list with 11 home grown players included therein. The squad is as follows- Giles Barnes; Roman Bednar; Chris Brunt; Scott Carson; Marek Cech; Simon Cox; Graham Dorrans; Marc-Antoine Fortune; Pablo Ibanez; Gonzalo Jara; Dean Kiely; Abdoulaye Meite; Ishmael Miller; James Morrison; Youssouf Mulumbu; Boaz Myhill; Peter Odemwingie; Jonas Olsson; Steven Reid; Paul Scharner; Nicky Shorey; Gabriel Tamas; Somen Tchoyi; Jerome Thomas; Gianni Zuiverloon.
Hammers' boss faced a tough call in announcing his squad of 25 as he had to ommit some of his players to accomodate the deserving.
Avram Grant's West Ham team for the 2010/11 season comprises- Danny Gabbidon, Herita Ilunga, Lars Jacobsen, Winston Reid, Jonathan Spector, Matthew Upson, Luis Boa Morte, Ruud Boffin, Robert Green, Tal Ben Haim, Manuel da Costa,Thomas Hitzlsperger, Radoslav Kovac, Mark Noble, Scott Parker, Pablo Barrera, Carlton Cole, Valon Behrami, Jack Collison, Kieron Dyer, Julien Faubert, Zavon Hines, Benni McCarthy, Victor Obinna, Frederic Piquionne.
Wigan seems to have taken a risky step as Roberto Martinez dared to announce a small squad of 19 players only and also failing to meet the homegrown player quota. Wigan has only 7 homegrown players in their squad. The small side might affect the Latics' in the later half of the season.
The squad-list is as follows: Gary Caldwell, Ben Watson, Hendry Thomas, Ronnie Stam, Jordi Gomez, Hugo Rodallega, Mohamed Diame, Maynor Figueroa, Steve Gohouri, Chris Kirkland, Mike Pollitt, Charles N'Zogbia, Emmerson Boyce, Daniel De Ridder, Ali Al-Habsi, Antolin Alcaraz, James McArthur, Mauro Boselli.
Wolves did not have in trouble in deciding their squad. They didn't need to sacrifice any players as they already have 15 home grown players in their 25-man squad list.
The squad is- Dave Edwards, Greg Halford, Nenad Milijas, Adlene Guedioura, Matt Jarvis, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Doyle, Steven Fletcher,Ronald Zubar, Richard Stearman, Jody Craddock, Christophe Berra, Steven Mouyokolo, George Elokobi, Stephen Ward, Jelle van Damme, Karl Henry, David Jones, Michael Mancienne, Steven Fletcher, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Marcus Bent, Marcus Hahnemann, Wayne Hennessey, Carl Ikeme, Kevin Foley.
It is now to be seen whether a squad full of stars or a tight squad with no so big names makes it big in the next four months before the Janueary transfer window reopens and teams can again change their squads accordingly.