Inside Lane: A look at Tottenham’s squad lists - and the emerging talent
12:00 10 September 2014
Tottenham blogger Chris Miller casts his eye over Spurs’ Premier League and Europa League squads and discusses which young talents could break through into the first team.
Last week Tottenham published their squad lists for both the Premier League and Europa League.
There were no great surprises but, due to selling some of our ‘home grown’ players – Michael Dawson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jake Livermore, Zeki Fryers and Jon Obika - we were limited to naming just 23 players on the Premier League list.
Clubs are able to name a maximum of 17 non-home grown players, with the remainder of the 25-man squad made up of up to eight home grown players.
A ‘home grown’ player is defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Welsh Football Association for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday - or the end of the season during which he turns 21.
We do not need to name players who are under 21 on the squad list - for the 2014/15 campaign, players considered ‘under 21’ must have been born on or after January 1 1993. For this season, these include Ben Davies, Harry Kane, Eric Dier and Nabil Bentaleb.
For the Europa League squad, we name two squad lists - List A and List B. List A - already submitted to UEFA - consists of 25 named players, eight of whom are ‘locally trained’.
These eight are made up of ‘club trained’ and ‘association trained’ players - a maximum of four can be ‘association trained’.
Essentially ‘club trained’ players are those who have spent three years at the club between the ages of 15 and 21, and ‘association trained’ players are the same, but for any other club affiliated to the FA.
List B consists of unlimited players who are under 21 and who have been at the club for two years since turning 15. Players can be added to List B up to midnight on the day before the match in question.
We were required to name Dier and Davies in List A because they have not been with us for two years, but Bentaleb and Kane can be included in List B.
Cristian Ceballos and Ryan Mason are the only relatively untried players in the Premier League squad list. Ceballos misses out on the Europa League list, though.
Mason, who impressed in pre-season, could well find himself playing in Europe - particularly if we get some early wins on the board.
We are not blessed with many players capable of playing incisive passes from midfield, and this is an area of the game at which Mason excels.
With the protection of Capoue playing alongside him, Mason should not need to worry about so much about the physical side of the game, and instead would be able to focus on finding our front four quickly after we regain possession.
Aside from Mason, another youngster to impress in pre-season was Milos Veljkovic. I wrote previously about Veljkovic (http://www.tottenhamjournal.co.uk/tottenham-hotspur/tottenham_hotspur_2_3754/inside_lane_who_is_tottenham_s_latest_debutant_milos_veljkovic_1_3537160) moving from centre-back to central midfield, but it was clear from pre-season that he can still play very competently in defence.
For me, Veljkovic is ready for first team football and, when the squad starts to settle down, he should begin to get minutes here and there.
If Mauricio Pochettino were to dig deeper and look for other youngsters to introduce, he might look toward England Under-20 centre-back, Dominic Ball, Connor Ogilvie who can play in central defence or at left-back, Nathan Oduwa, who generally plays wide on the left, and Joshua Onomah or Harry Winks, who play in central midfield.
These players will make up the core of the Under-21 team this season. A glimpse of first-team football would not only prepare them for what is hopefully to come and whet their appetite, it will also put them in the shop window for a loan move - so vital in the development of footballers these days.
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