Fabio Paratici will be on his phone non-stop over the next few days as he looks to conclude Tottenham’s summer transfer business.
So far bringing three new stars to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and parting with some long-serving players, the Italian’s squad overhaul is not done just yet.
Players such as Serge Aurier and Moussa Sissoko could depart before Tuesday’s 11pm deadline, with Tanguy Ndombele’s future also up in the air as he is believed to have told the club once again that he wants to leave.
Incomings are also going to be on the agenda as Paratici still needs to strengthen in a couple of key positions as he looks to give Nuno Espirito Santo the best possible squad for the 2021/22 season.
Tottenham’s search for another out-and-out striker has been well documented over the course of the summer but Wolves ace Adama Traore could be the man who comes in through the door instead.
Having caught the eye in Sunday’s game between the sides at Molineux, Spurs are now expected to try and bring the Spaniard to the club as both Espirito Santo and Paratici are fans of the winger.
Given Spurs’ need to bring in another frontman, football.london understands that it’s currently a case of signing Traore or a striker.
The 25-year-old does have plenty of Premier League experience having previously played for both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough before really making a name for himself in the West Midlands after his transfer in 2018.
Moving to Aston Villa as a 19-year-old back in 2015 and having been in the country for six years now, fans have been keen to know if Traore would actually be classed as a homegrown player despite coming through Barcelona’s system as a youngster.
As rules state in both the Premier League and in European competition that clubs cannot name more than 17 foreign players in their 25-man squads, Spurs have had trouble with this issue in the past and it has forced Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho to leave out certain players.
What complicates matters is that the rules do slightly differ between the competitions as Joe Rodon and Ben Davies are classed as homegrown players by the Premier League but not by UEFA after coming through the system in Wales, with Matt Doherty also in the same boat following his time in the Republic of Ireland as a youngster.
Eric Dier, despite representing England, is classed as a foreign player by both as he came through Sporting CP’s system before making the switch to N17 as a 20-year-old in 2014.
Another key part of the squad rules in terms of Europe is that clubs must have a minimum of eight places reserved exclusively for ‘locally trained players’ on their A list.
If a club has fewer than eight locally trained players in their squad, then the maximum number of players is reduced accordingly – so in essence they must leave spaces.
A ‘locally trained’ player is either a club-trained player – someone who was on a club’s books for three years between the ages of 15 and 21 – or an association-trained player – someone who was on another club’s books in the same association for three years between the ages of 15 and 21. The rules state that no club can have more than four association-trained players among their eight nominees on the A list.
Despite spending the vast majority of his career in England after departing Barcelona in 2015, Traore is not classed as a homegrown player as he was 19 when he joined Aston Villa, meaning it wouldn’t be possible for him to complete the required three years needed.
Tottenham are currently two below the limit of 17 non-homegrown players when it comes to the Premier League rules following the signings of Pierluigi Gollini, Cristian Romero and Bryan Gil this summer.
However, the number increases to 18 in Europe as Doherty, Rodon and Davies are classed as non-homegrown players by UEFA.
The potential arrival of Traore would take them to 19, although summer departures for the likes of Aurier and Sissoko would help Paratici balance things out in the Europa Conference League.
Tottenham’s Premier League 2021/22 non-homegrown players
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Pierluigi Gollini
Defenders: Serge Aurier, Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Sergio Reguilon
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Bryan Gil
Attackers: Son Heung-min, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura
Tottenham’s Premier League 2021/22 homegrown players
Goalkeepers: Brandon Austin
Defenders: Matt Doherty*, Joe Rodon*, Japhet Tanganga, Ben Davies*, Ryan Sessegnon, Cameron Carter-Vickers
Midfielders: Harry Winks, Dele Alli, Oliver Skipp, Harvey White, Nile John
Attackers: Harry Kane, Dane Scarlett, Jack Clarke
*Classed as non-homegrown in Europe
Source by Football London