Mauricio Pochettino facing Chelsea clash over four players as transfer demand evolves

Mauricio Pochettino facing Chelsea clash over four players as transfer demand evolves

Since January, the magnitude of Chelsea’s roster has been widely reported. The Blues were unable to include Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their Champions League roster. Benoit Badisahile, Noni Madueke, and David Dattu Fofana were also forced to sit out.

Due to the size of the west London side’s roster, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard were also entrusted with omitting players from Premier League matchday squads and were questioned in press conferences about who was injured or not selected.

The departures of loan players Denis Zakaria and Joao Felix will relieve some pressure at the conclusion of the season, but the Blues will also welcome back a large loan army, as they do every year.

To Chelsea’s chagrin, their 12th-place finish means they will not be subject to Champions League restrictions for the next year, but they will still be required to meet Premier League requirements.

Mauricio Pochettino will be allowed to have a squad of 25 players, with no more than 17 who do not qualify as homegrown players.

The Premier League defines a home-grown player as “a player who, regardless of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated with The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months before his 21st birthday”

Over the 25-player limit, any participant under 21 is eligible. For the 2022/23 season, players were considered to be under 21 if they were born on or after January 1, 2001; for the 2023/24 season, the cutoff date will ostensibly be the same day in 2002.

The Blues confront little pressure on the homegrown front as a result of the Cobham production line, but have 31 senior players. It is likely that more than six of these players will not be at Stamford Bridge when the next season begins, but Chelsea will need to go further if they want to acquire players over the age of 21 via the transfer market.

In addition to Armando Broja, the likes of Enzo Fernández, Benoit Badiashile, and Mykhailo Mudryk, who were all considered under-21 last season, will now be classified as non-native players by Mauricio Pochettino.

Individuals eligible to fill a domestic position (13)

Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher, sterling, Armando Broja, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Ethan Ampadu, Romelu Lukaku, Tino Anjorin.

Players who would be required to select one of the 17 non-natives (18).

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Edouard Mendy, Cesar Azpilicueta, Benoit Badisahile, Thiago SIlva, Koulibaly, Cucurella, Wesley Fofana, Enzo Fernandez, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic, Mykhailo Mudryk, Hakim Ziyech, Kai Havertz, Malang Sarr, Baba Rahman.

A group of athletes still considered to be under 21 years old.

Andrey Santos, Carney Chukwuemeka, Gabriel Slonina, Lewis Hall, Noni Madueke, David Datro Fofana, Ian Maatsen, Levi Colwill, and Levi Colwill.

Mauricio Pochettino facing Chelsea clash over four players as transfer demand evolves