Saturday, 30 July 2011

Possible 25-man squad

Although the transfer window is still open I have seen a few potential 25-man squads being put out there. Of course players like Ade, RSC, Onuoha, Bellamy and Tevez may yet leave the club so are unlikely to be included in many people's provisional 25

First off here are the rules that need to be followed as I've seen some out there that have completely disregarded these and it makes the writer look a little stupid if they don't follow them.

  1. The Squad must be no larger than 25 players.
  2. No players that were under 21 on January 1st the year of the competition need to be included.
  3. There must be at least 8 'home grown' players within the 25-man squad.
  • A player is considered home grown if he has been registered with an English or Welsh club between the ages of 16 - 21.
Goal Keepers.
01 Joe Hart*
02 Stuart Taylor*
03 Gunnar Nielsen

04 Vincent Kompany
05 Joleon Lescott*
06 Kolo Toure
07 Nedum Onuoha*
08 Micah Richards*
09 Pablo Zabaleta
10 Gael Clichy*
11 Aleks Kolarov

12 Gareth Barry*
13 James Milner*
14 Nigel De Jong
15 Yaya Toure
16 Adam Johnson*
17 Vladimir Weiss*
18 Shaun Wright-Phillips*
19 David Silva

20 Sergio Aguero
21 Edin Dzeko

Players marked with an * are home grown.

One of the first things you'll notice is that there are only 21 places assigned and that there are 11 players classed as home grown in the squad. Then you'll realise that the likes of Mario Balotelli and newly signed Stefan Savic aren't in the list. That's simply because they don't have to be as they're both under 21.

Tevez, Adebayor, Santa Cruz and Bellamy aren't included as they all likely to be gone by the start of the season. The only player that hasn't featured in Mancini's plans that I've included is Nedum Onuoha. I'd still like to see Nedum reconciled with the club but it may possibly be too late for him that after 'that' interview on Soccer AM.

There are a number of players under 21 other than Balo and Savic who may (some definitely will) have game time this season. These may include Dedryck Boyata, John Guidetti, Reece Wabara, Juan Roman, Abdul Razak, Jeremy Helan, and Ryan McGivern.

With 4 places left to fill it also allows for new signings if there are any. It's likely City will sign another keeper as backup and possibly one or two other players before the transfer window closes according to reports.

There's no denying it, that is a ridiculously strong squad that for the most part is still quite young with only 2 players that have reached 30 years old so far. The backbone of the squad are all between 23-26 and are still improving as individuals as well as a team. If that doesn't get you excited nothing will.

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