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Villa Submit Premiership Squad

41 youngsters, a full 25 named including Stiliyan Petrov, Alan Hutton and Stephen Warnock.

Experience may still be in question, but there aren't many about depth!

25 Man Squad:

Gabby Agbonlahor, Marc Albrighton, Barry Bannan, Joe Bennett, Darren Bent, Christian Benteke, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Delph, Richard Dunne, Karim El Ahmadi, Shay Given, Brad Guzan, Chris Herd, Brett Holman, Alan Hutton, Stephen Ireland, Eric Lichaj, Matthew Lowton, Andy Marshall, Charles N`Zogbia, Stiliyan Petrov, Enda Stevens, Ron Vlaar, Stephen Warnock, Ashley Westwood.

Eligible Youngsters:

Nathan Baker, Calum Barrett, Josh Barton, Liam Bateman, Jordan Bowery, Graham Burke, Riccardo Calder, Courtney Cameron, Samir Carruthers, Henry Cowans, Nathan Delfouneso, Robin Dempsey, Daniel Devine, Janoi Donacien, Michael Drennan, Umit Eminoglu, Gary Gardner, Jordan Graham, Jack Grealish, Craig Hill, Daniel Johnson, Lewis Kinsella, Bradley Lewis, Malcolm Melvin, Michael Nelson, Daniel O`Brien, Callum Robinson, Jerell Sellars, Benji Siegrist, Andras Steiber, Oliver Stevenson, Thomas Strain, Kevin Toner, Charlie Ward, Mason Watkins, Bradley Watkins, Josh Webb, Andi Weimann, Courtney Wildin, Daniel Williams, Derrick Williams.

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 5 2012

Time: 4:02PM

Your Comments

Good luck one and all... gulp!
The Fear
Can someone please explain the "Eligible youngster" thing? What's the point in the 25 man squad if we can still have another 40+ players on top. I notice Weimann and Baker are not in 25 but are eligible youngsters. Confused!
Adam Deuce
Have to be 21 or under when the season starts from memory - there's a specific date. Anybody under that age is eligible as a youngster to play during the season, despite not being named in the 25 man squad. The 25 man cap has to include 8 homegrown players, it's designed to give youth a chance and stop clubs filling up with foreigners basically.
mike_field
Helps you understand how the wage bill at a football club is so high.I know the youngsters arent all on big money but if you add the staff its a lot of mouths to feed.
Merlin128777
MF, I think 'homegrown' also includes foreign nationals who have learned their trade in England at an English club!?!?
VillaWillRiseAgain
I am on the same lines as Adam Deuce. It seems downright stupid/silly - however you want to dress it to have Mutton, Warnock and (with all due repect) Stan, in a squad of 25, when you haven't got the likes of Nathan Baker and Andreas Weimann in the squad - even though they've both played this season already is beyond me! With Samir Carruthers too! What exactly are the chances of Mutton, Warnock or Stan playing this season?, well it's plain stupid to me....sorry!
Pride of Lions
Yup, think 3 years Villa for homegrown element.

Was mainly for British youngsters to figure more instead of the influx from abroad the help the national team, but had to have the caveat on homegrown for players from abroad who were already in the Academy setups/could go for duel citizenship etc.

PoL, Baker, Weimann, Carruthers don't have to be named as they qualify for being under 21.
mike_field
POL they can still play so it isn't like Hutton, Warnock and Stan are named instead of other over aged players who "we" would prefer in the squad and eligible to play.
Fatloser
Players under 21 do not have to be registered but are eligible to play any and every game they do not need to be register... Therefore placing Baker on the squad list is a waste of a spot in the 25man squad because he is eligible to play without being registered... I dont get what is so difficult to understand about the system Eligible only means one thing :) The home grown thing is essentially where the player has trained either at the club or in the nation for 3 years or more before the age of 21... Cesc Fabregas is Home Grown in England because he trained with Arsenal for 3+ years before the age of 21... Now the 25 man squad may seem stupid but if England ever want to compete with the likes of Spain, Germany, Holland etc. measures like these are very necessary but it wont guarantee success... the EPL needs to go a step further and do what Spain does and only allow three player who are non-Euro nationals to be registered...
CDX_EIRE
more importantly - I count 8 in the youngsters who have already played / will probably feature / are "up to it". This is good because even if you discount Stan Mutton and Wonky, we have a working squad of 30 players which is more than I remember since before the dark days of ONeill.....:) About 4-5 more I think.
malacaxeta
I didnt count Donkey because that would have messed my numbers up (29 doesnt sound so good as 30)
malacaxeta
I get it now. Thanks. :)
Adam Deuce
Yeah, I get it now too. Mutton, Warnock and Stan are named to make the numbers up. Fair enough.
Pride of Lions
I'm hearing we fought off 5m bids for Jordan Graham in the tfer window from ManC and Chelsea? Is he that good? Pray tell! He looks like Alex Ox-Chamberlain.
koolbill
CDX-EIRE, I'd been thinking of Fabregas, too, but wasn't sure. Cheers for confirming!!!
VillaWillRiseAgain
Is Henry Cowans any relation. Please yes he is and is as good?!
stennyvilla
 

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