Date:Tuesday July 27 2010
Is it the funds. Is it the lack of players available. Is it a mixture of both....
Personally, I think its got to do very little with the above. It all comes down to one thing. The 25 man Squad including 8 home grown talents rule, which comes into play on the first of September.
As explained in great detail by the Daily Mail,
the home grown quota rule is set to shake up the Premier League in a dramatic style, and for once, I believe Sam Allardyce and Blackburn Rovers might just be the big winners.
In summary, you can only name a total of 25 players in the squad, with the only players allowed to play who are outside this 25 are players under the age of 21. Also, in this 25, 8 players must be home-grown, meaning having registered for 3 years at an English or Welsh club whilst aged 16 through to 21.
Currently (please correct me if required), the following 24 can be named in our squad of 25, including the first 8 players who I classify as home-grown.
Nick Blackman ???
Keith Andrews (Not sure where he played his junior football, hopefully in England)
The other 17 players we could have listed are
El Hadji Diouf
Zurab has not been included as it is apparent he has no future at the club.
Now according to the above, we realistically only need to add 1 player to our squad to maximise the 25 man including 8 man home grown quota. This obviously can change if we sell any of the listed players.
So whilst the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham will have millions of pounds worth of wages sitting on the bench, rotting until the January window comes up, we will be fine, without the excess baggage we cant really afford anyways. And if we do get a bad run of injuries, well, thats the negative of the 25 man quota.
I do believe there is a flaw in this system, which if possible, Rovers should attempt to work around. With the likes of Olsson and Jones almost definite starters, yet still able to fit in as under 21 players, Blackburn should attempt to snap up a senior English player who could fill in as one of the 8 home-grown players, meaning Olsson and Jones could not be listed as part of the 25, yet still play, keeping our squad slightly bigger then 25....
Dont get me wrong, im not saying, sign Heskey, as it will make sense, but somebody around the likes of Heskey might actually make sense....Who is out there and how much, well, we dont know...
So lets hop of the, Blackburn have no dosh, dont wanna spend etc etc, and just face the facts, we only need 1 player to fill the quota....
Date:Tuesday July 27 2010
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