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New rules mean that the man below, to the right of Luka Modric and with a head wound, may not get to play football this season?!
There was a time when you could happily pick up you obscene Premier League pay packet and just sit back and play the occasional reserve match and maybe, just maybe, you’d get a seat on the bench for a midweek trip to the back of beyond. No longer.
New Premier League rules mean that a club must name a 25 man squad for the coming season, or at least until January, of that 25 eight must have at least eight ‘homegrown’ players and only players under 21 can be supplemented to that original complement of players.
This ruling means that Manchester City probably have to do something with about 20 of their squad and the likes of Owen Hargreaves may find that even if fit, unlikely, he will not get a game for Man United. Jonathan Woodgate is apparently struggling to make Harry Redknapp’s ‘roster’ and one imagines that a number of other clubs, except for Blackpool, will have to think long and hard about who to name in that initial 25 man squad.
So we ask you, are these new regulations a good or bad thing?