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Rebuild Hurdle- Homegrown Player Quotas

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West Ham United‘s summer transfer window is shaping up to be a critical one, with Technical Director Tim Steidten and new manager Julen Lopetegui facing a significant rebuilding project.

Estimates suggest they may need to bring in 8-10 new players, with key priorities being a striker, full-backs, and two central defenders. This is before considering potential replacements for midfielder Lucas Paqueta if he leaves and adding depth to other positions.

Adding another layer of complication is the Premier League’s Homegrown Player Rule. This rule dictates that clubs can only have a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players in a 25-man squad, meaning at least eight players need to be homegrown (developed in England or Wales).

West Ham’s current squad composition likely doesn’t meet the homegrown player quota. Steidten and Lopetegui will need to factor in this regulation when making their transfer decisions. They’ll need to find a balance between acquiring the best talent available and ensuring compliance with the rule.

Possible solutions could be:

Prioritise homegrown talent: Targeting English or Welsh players could help fulfill the quota.
Develop youth prospects: Integrating promising youngsters from the academy can address the homegrown player requirement.
Creative loan deals: Loaning players who qualify as homegrown can be a temporary solution.

The challenge for the Irons will be to navigate these restrictions while still addressing their core needs on the pitch. The coming weeks  will be crucial as they look to reshape their squad for the upcoming season.

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  • rob says:

    jacob greaves from hull would be a decent signing. ive seen him a bit, hes good on the ball and a great defender, he would of course add to a homegrown quota

  • Hammeroo says:

    I didn’t realise that Scottish players are not included as home grown. So that implies that Scotland is a foreign country. And I wonder what the Scottish FA regulations say. Any info on that, Simon?

  • Steve Wells says:

    Johnson and Mubama could have been two of them if dithering Dave hadn’t ****ed them off.

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