What Manor Solomon's transfer means for Tottenham Premier League rules for non-homegrown players - Football.London

What Manor Solomon’s transfer means for Tottenham Premier League rules for non-homegrown players – Football.London

Tottenham have started the summer term with a bang after confirming three transfer deals ahead of the 2023-24 season. First, Spurs turned Dejan Kulusevski’s 18-month loan deal into a permanent transfer, after which Spurs struck deals to sign Guglielmo Vicario from Empoli and James Maddison from Leicester City.

More to follow, with former Fulham mercenary Manor Solomon next in line to join Ange Postecoglou’s Spurs revolution. The winger signs a long-term contract in North London and gives the new head coach much more choice in the attacking areas.

Once the ink dries on a deal for Solomon, Tottenham should turn their attention to bringing in some new centre-backs to improve the position. In an ideal world, Daniel Levy and the club will be able to finalize deals for new additions before the club departs for their pre-season tour of Australia and Asia.

With all of Tottenham’s Champions League rivals having been busy in the transfer market and strengthening their squads, Spurs can’t afford to fall behind after missing out on Europe last season. It is therefore imperative that Postecoglou gets everything he wants in the transfer market to take the club forward again.

What Tottenham, as always, have to watch out for is that they don’t exceed the limit of 17 non-homegrown players. A problem in the past for the Lilywhites in European competition that saw players like Juan Foyth, Vincent Janssen and Joe Rodon miss out on selection. Spurs don’t have to worry about the problem this season in Europe, but it still applies to the Eredivisie.

The Lilywhites will have to submit a 25-man squad to the Premier League for their players to be eligible to play in the league next season. Clubs cannot list more than 17 non-native players and the rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be homegrown.

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The Premier League defines a homegrown player as “a player who, regardless of nationality or age, has been registered with a club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a continuous or uninterrupted period of three full seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season in which he turns 21)”.

All teams can field players aged 21 and under on an under-21 list, freeing up space in the 25-man squad. For the 2023/24 season, players under 21 must be born on or after 1 January 2002 to be included in the list.

So what does it look like for Tottenham in terms of their homegrown, non-homegrown and under-21 numbers going into the rest of the transfer window with further deals yet to come? football.london take a look below.

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Tottenham Hotspur have plenty going on in the transfer market this summer to ensure they reduce their squad to 25. As things stand, the Lilywhites have 19 non-homegrown players and 12 homegrown players on their books following the signing of Vicario, Maddison and the Coming of Solomon.

We currently have a total of 31 players, leaving six over the 25 limit, and that number could drop quickly in the coming weeks once payouts start to happen. As for the non-homegrown players, potential exits for the likes of Hugo Lloris, Davinson Sanchez, Ivan Perisic, Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele and Giovani Lo Celso would leave plenty of room for further new homegrown signings.

Homegrown players who may also be able to move on include Japhet Tanganga, Joe Rodon, Ryan Sessegnon, Djed Spence and Harvey White. Harry Kane has also been in the news of a move to Bayern Munich, but Levy, Postecoglou and Spurs will be determined to keep him in North London.

While Bryan Gil was on the under-21 list last season, this season, provided he stays in North London of course, he will have to be included on the list of non-homegrown players as he was born after January 1, 2002. However, Destiny Udogie, who will join his Spurs teammates for the first time later this month, could be included in the under-21 list as he is 20 years old.

The left back is joined on that list by players such as Pape Matar Sarr, Alfie Devine, Dane Scarlett and Troy Parrott.

Premier League non-homegrown players: Guglielmo Vicario, Hugo Lloris, Emerson Royal, Pedro Porro, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Cristian Romero, Sergio Reguilon, Ivan Perisic, Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso, Son Heung-min, Manor Solomon, Bryan Gil, Richarlison, Dejan Kulusevski (19)

Homegrown Premier League players: Fraser Forster, Brandon Austin, Alfie Whiteman, Japhet Tanganga, Ben Davies, Joe Rodon, Djed Spence, Ryan Sessegnon, Harvey White, Oliver Skipp, James Maddison, Harry Kane (12)

Notable players under 21: George Abbott, Matthew Craig, Pape Matar Sarr, Destiny Udogie, Alfie Devine, Dane Scarlett, Troy Parrott

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