Both Arsenal and Liverpool’s Premier League squads will be below capacity following their summer transfer business due to rules regarding the amount of homegrown players required
The deadline for top-flight sides finalising their squads is fast approaching and there is a limit on how many overseas players can be included.
Mikel Arteta has been busy this summer bringing in six new signings, four of which are not homegrown.
Martin Odegaard, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Nuno Tavares have all been added to the Gunners’ ranks, while Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White are English born and bred.
Liverpool, meanwhile, may have only brought in one foreign player but have let go of a number of homegrown men who had previously helped fill their roster.
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Premier League teams are permitted to name no more than 17 overseas players in their 25-man squads, with the remaining eight places available to homegrown members.
A “Home-Grown Player” is someone who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons (36 months) before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).
18-year-old Harvey Elliott, for example, is in the Reds’ first-team squad but Jurgen Klopp cannot utilise him as a homegrown player.
Liverpool are limited to 24 players after Rhys Williams was joined by Sheyi Ojo, Jake Cain and Luis Longstaff in completing temporary deadline day moves away.
Ben Davies and Ben Woodburn also headed out on loan during the transfer window, while James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Nat Phillips, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Caoimhin Kelleher make up the homegrown members.
For Arsenal, their group consists of Ramsdale, White, Callum Chambers, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah.
Arthur Okonkwo, Bukayo Saka, Folarin Balogun and Emile Smith Rowe are classed as senior players who are under 21.
The Gunners and Reds are still able to sign homegrown free agents, such as respective former players Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge, who can be added at any time given the vacant space.
Put forward by former Football Association chairman Greg Dyke in 2015, the initiative has led to a number of intriguing signings to fit the quota.
Lee Grant joined Manchester United in 2018, while Tom Heaton returned to Old Trafford this summer.
Dyke’s proposal was made with the aim of England winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, something well and truly on the cards at this point.
However, the ex-FA chief will likely not have envisaged the Premier League elite bringing in veteran goalkeepers to balance their foreign players.