Come September 1st, premier league clubs must name a 25 man squad who will represent the clubs until January 2010. At least eight of the named players must have played a minimum of three years in the English or Welsh league before the age of 21.
This new ruling will level the playing field for the smaller teams and is geared towards promoting home grown players.
Newcomer to the Premier League, Blackpool has only 20 players in their team and does not need to leave any players out. Fulham and Birmingham with 30 players and Wigan Athletic with 29 would also be welcoming the new ruling as all the other Premier League teams would have their work cut out to trim their team. Teams like Liverpool 39, Wolverhampton 38, Aston Villa 37, West Ham United 35, Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland 34, Newcastle United 33, West Bromich Albion, Bolton and Stock City 32 would be timming their team between 23% to 56%.
Meanwhile at the top end of the table, Manchester United 46, Arsenal 45, Tottenham Hotspurs 44, Manchester City 43, Everton 43 and Chelsea 42 will need players cut between 61% to 84%.
The new ruling will undoubtedly change the overall dynamics of the game. Manchester United which has long relied on its vast pool of players to challenge for honours on all fronts may be more subdued by the ruling and may reserve its attention for the Champions League. Manchester City, the current biggest spender would find itself overloaded with with players which they can field and would have to sell. Chelsea with its rich pool of players will have difficulties who to leave out.
The ruling may spell the end of players who are currently injured. Jonathan Woodgate, Owen Hargreaves and Anderson may have their season terminated even before it starts. The ruling also takes away the opportunity for the new and young players to be blooded.
Manchester United has a promising forward line up comprising of Rooney, Berbatov, Owen, Hernandez, Macheda, Welbeck, Joshua King and Mame Biram Diouf. With the new ruling, who does Alex Ferguson leaves out? Sir Alex Ferguson has a bigger headache in the midfield where he has 18 midfielders to his disposal. Whoever Fergie leaves out, will likely look elsewhere to play.