Writing for football.london, reliable Spurs correspondent Alasdair Gold has shared a potentially crucial January transfer window update for Tottenham – going on to explain how UEFA and the Premier League’s differences in what constitutes a homegrown or ‘locally trained’ player could severely impact their hopes of signing anyone this window.
As the winter window to bring in new additions slowly draws to a close, with just over one week left before deadline day, Gold claims that an issue with UEFA and the Premier League’s definition of homegrown players has resulted in a real issue in terms of squad balance.
Gold shares potentially crucial January update for Spurs
Indeed, the likes of Ben Davies, Joe Rodon, Matt Doherty and Eric Dier apparently do not count as locally trained – with UEFA only recognising the ‘football association of the league itself‘ as a fit to be counted as homegrown and players must have ‘36 months or three full seasons‘ playing for a club ‘within‘ that association before turning 21-years-old.
The quartet mentioned do not fall into this category, which has apparently left Jose Mourinho with an unbalanced amount of ‘foreign‘ assets in his team.
As explained by Gold, this aspect of the Tottenham side could ‘hamper‘ any hopes of signing a foreign player in this transfer window – with Daniel Levy potentially needing to balance the odds by offloading surplus-to-requirements figures.
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This issue comes amid links to the likes of Christian Eriksen (Gianluca Di Marzio via sempreinter.com), and if Spurs were to return for the Dane or any other foreign player, it could ‘add‘ to the problem.
Gold hinted they could still sign a star from abroad, but any potential incoming outside of the English FA would just serve to potentially create a bigger squad dilemma.
Time will tell whether Spurs do find a way to reinforce in January, with there being no shortage of links, but there may have to be serious squad trimming before it becomes viable.
In other news: Fabrizio Romano dropped an Eriksen update, find out more here.
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