With the new 25 man squad rule coming into the Premier League this season, many of the top clubs in England’s top flight will be looking to cut the size of their squad before the deadline at the start of September; the day after the transfer deadline day.
For the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, with their billions, who may not be concerned by their wage bill, but as things stand, there are several players who will not be featuring for them until January at the earliest. Senior players such as Ricardo Carvalho, Craig Bellamy and Stephen Ireland have been linked with moves away from the club to continue their careers.
While only 25 players can be registered until the winter transfer window, an unlimited number of players under the age of 21 on January 1st 2010 may also play without being registered. This to help the development of younger players. Hopefully this does not force managers to keep onto their youngsters just to fill the bench when they could be gaining valuable first team experience out on loan.
Players not fit to start the season, such as Manchester United’s Owen Hargreaves and Fulham’s Andy Johnson, two big signings for their respective clubs, could miss the first cut. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has already announced that injury-prone England defender Jonathan Woodgate will not be in his initial 25 man squad. With clubs currently over the 25 man squad, this could lead to a large number of players being sent out on loan. A blessing in disguise perhaps for Ian Holloway and his Blackpool, who have struggled to improve their squad so far this summer following their surprise promotion.