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Why Spurs can't sell Dawson, Naughton, Rose, Lennon & Townsend

8:30 pm
Well having written an article to explain our transfer position with non-home grown players and shown we have to sell some before we can buy others I thought I'd take a quick look at home grown qualified players and show why we can't simply sell those all either.

Why Spurs can't sell Dawson

As explained in the earlier article (Why Spurs simply can't buy players) we have 18 non-home grown players over 21 on the books and we can only name and play 17 in the Premier League next season.

In light of that how does selling, Naughton, Rose, Dawson, Lennon and Townsend help us? We can't replace them except with other home grown qualified players. Ben Davies is home grown qualified, Michel Vorm is not.

The club has to have a stock of home grown players.Now selling that lot and replacing them with other home grown qualified players is going to cost us what? Sneiderlin £27 million! James McCarthy valued £25 million, Luke Shaw £30 million, Adam Lallana £25 million.

To sell these players and buy the quality of player the fans want, who are home grown, will cost £100 million at least. Snapping up players like Micah Richards instead of Miguel Lopes suddenly becomes essential almost, he's cheap and we need him to sell one from the list above.

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You can have 17 non-home grown and not name 8 home grown (which is wrong in my opinion) as Chelsea and Arsenal showed last season. Chelsea had 5 home grown players (John Terry, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Gary Cahill, and Ryan Bertrand, who went on loan to Aston Villa in January) and Arsenal also had 5, of which 2 were English, Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs.

We can sell all the above, we just can't buy overseas talent to replace them, something the majority of fans don't seem to realise.

Perhaps now a few Tottenham fans will begin to appreciate that their perception of what Spurs should do is an impossible one.

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Why Spurs can't simply buy players

6:30 pm
There seem to be an awful lot of fans who don't appreciate that you simply can't go out and buy every foreign player you want and play them all.

Why Spurs can't buy players

When they give lists of who should be sold it is invariable most of the home grown players with a bunch of non-home grown players to take their place.

Home grown does not mean British, Frenchman Paul Pogba of Juventus actually qualifies as home grown because of the time he spent at Manchester United before his 21st birthday, as does Spaniard Cesc Fàbregas now at Chelsea and of course Incelander Gylfi Sigurdsson now at Swansea. Incidentally Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin at Southampton qualifies as home grown.

It means a registered player with one of the home football associations (FA, Welsh FA etc) for 3 years (36 months) between the ages of 16 and 21.

The maximum non-home grown in a squad is 17 and there are moves t reduce that to 12.

Non-Home Grown Tottenham Hotspur Players

1   Younès Kaboul (2nd vice-captain)
2   Jan Vertonghen
3   Vlad Chiricheș
4   Paulinho
5   Roberto Soldado
6   Emmanuel Adebayor
7   Érik Lamela
8   Lewis Holtby
9   Étienne Capoue
10 Mousa Dembélé
11 Nacer Chadli
12 Christian Eriksen
13 Brad Friedel
14 Hugo Lloris
15 Iago Falque
16 Sandro
17 Benoît Assou-Ekotto
18 Michel Vorm

You see we already have 1 more non-home grown than we are allowed so to buy any more we must sell some or loan them out to other clubs.

Iago Falque looks to lack vision to me and it's doubtful that he is going to progress much further so is a sale or loan candidate, that still leaves us still with the maximum number.

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Benoît Assou-Ekotto perhaps or Vlad Chiricheș are the likely options to leave and we know Sandro would be more than happy to play in Italy. If all four of those left we have some leeway but we have to sell or loan out someone at least, in light of the situation who should it be?

Who should Tottenham get rid of so they can buy more non-home grown players?

You can see that the news of Spurs supposedly meeting the representatives of 27-year-old Miguel Lopes of Sporting tomorrow don't make any sense if we are trying to sign Wilfried Bony or Loïc Rémy, unless we are actively trying and expect to see some of the above players depart.

Next season Brad Friedel will retire so that will free one more place but at the moment as you see we can't simply sell Rose, Naughton, Lennon, Dawson, Townsend and buy foreign imports, we wouldn't be allowed to play them.

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Tottenham look to youth buys

2:30 pm
Tottenham have a business strategy of buy young, develop and increase an assets value.

Tottenham look to youth buys

That asset (player) can then either stay and hopefully generate trophies or be sold at a profit. Part of that approach is to buy Development Squad players or players who can be with us for 36 months prior to their 21st birthday, thus qualifying as home grown.

It is all centred around building a sustainable future for the club, a proven model and path for players to follow. Home grown players will play an increasing part in that. Unless the rules are changed that does not necessarily mean British players. Clubs buy young talent from all over the world and put them through the academy system or simply loan them out.

Look at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku has spent a season on loan at WBA and then a season on loan at Everton while Thibaut Courtois also signed in 2011 and has never been at Chelsea. Within weeks he went on loan to Atlético Madrid and has been there ever since. To my mind, while it's within the rules, it's a breach of the system.

It is not what it was designed for and it needs to be changed. Arsenal started abusing the system years ago, it's how they have managed to stay in the Champions League. They buy young foreign talent and put them through their system.

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Spurs have only recently cottoned on to that business model and are trying to implement our own conveyor belt of talent.

Two young talents we are after are 16 year-old Andrija Balic of Hadjuk Split and 18 year-old Julian Green of Bayern Munich.

Ivica Balic acts as his sons agent and told Sportske Novosti his son is not ready to move abroad yet.
"We, his family, are no barrier for his transfer abroad, but me and my wife would like to see Andrija stay at Hajduk and develop even more before going somewhere else.

"Maybe clubs are talking, but nobody asked me about my opinion. Andrija is only 16 years old and right now he is not ready to go abroad.

"If Hajduk must sell him because of financial problems, maybe it would be the best for everybody that Andrija would stay in Split as a loaned player.

"We just want all the best for Andrija, that he will develop as a player completely. We are not looking for easy income, we would like to see Andrija to play at least one season for the Hajduk senior team."

Tottenham are said to be very close to signing him and are expecting to complete the deal which will no doubt see him loaned back as his father wants.

We have of course heard all this before with other youngsters so until something is in the dotted line one has to remain wary.

Also at Hajduk Split is 19 year-old Marijo Pasalic who we have been linked to but all reports are that he has already agreed a deal with Chelsea.

Julian Green is a winger we are reported to be willing to offer £5 million for. The Bayern Munich B player can't get into the first team but has still been selected by the USA to go to the World Cup. 

The youngster apparently wants a move to get more football and keep his place with the USA, something that may be difficult if he remains at Bayern Munich with his path blocked by big money signings.

Mauricio Pochettino is said to have had him watched when at Southampton and he is thought to want to bring him to White Hart Lane.

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Clubs interested in Spurs home grown players

10:30 am
Premier league clubs are circling the Spurs squad as they look to see who they can pick off.

Clubs interested in Spurs home grown players

Hull City want Jake Livermore after his successful loan spell and Liverpool are reported to be interested as well, but Hull are also eyeing Michael Dawson and Danny Rose, who interests West Ham.

QPR are also interested in Dawson now they are back in the Premier League and also Andros Townsend who had a spell there on loan of course. The problem for QPR is that they have no money.

Michael Dawson won't be expensive but Andros Townsend would be and both are home grown so without replacing them with other home grown players we can't let them go.

Harry Redkapp being Harry Redkapp though wants Townsend on loan, which is of no benefit to Tottenham, especially with Everton and Newcastle also interested in him.

QPR do have an ace up their sleeve though, Frenchman Loïc Rémy. He has been on loan at Newcastle but has no intention of signing for them and the newly promoted Londoners could do with him off the wage bill. Harry Redknapp has said he does not expect Rémy to play for QPR again despite the being promoted.

There is an £8 million release clause in his contract but Rémy wants Champions League football. That matches the fee QPR were willing to pay for Dawson previously when Andre Villas-Boas decided to sell him.

Our club captain didn't want to leave and no doubt won't want to this summer unless he is pushed out the door. With the problems we have had in central defence that seems highly unlikely.

Crystal Palace are also interested in Dawson and Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson. Tony Pulis was voted Manager of the Year for his remarkable achievement at the Londoners and is looking to shape the squad more to his taste than the squad he inherited.

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They are not the only home grown players attracting clubs, West Ham are also interested in Aaron Lennon and Alex Pritchard is wanted by Wigan on loan next season.

Sides can only name 17 non home grown players aged over 21 in a Premier League squad so each side must name 8 home grown players. It is a balancing act which home grown players you can let go, which you must keep and whether you buy any. You can't simply sell a bunch of them as some fans would lie to see.

All home grown buys cost more than their oversees counterparts because of the rule. One player Spurs have decided they are not letting go is Danny Rose, instead they are going to offer him a new contract as at the moment he is still on very low wages.

Two recent articles explain the situation and why Spurs can't just sell Dawson, Rose, Naughton, Livermore, Lennon, Townsend and replace them. We have leeway but not a great deal hence our interest in available home grown goalkeepers, Joe Hart, Fraser Forster, David Marshall and Karl Darlow.

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The hope is that Mauricio Pochettino can improve him in the manner he improved a lot of the Southampton players, if he can he'll save Spurs a deal of money in the transfer market.

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Portsmouth and their Squad

7:56 am
current portsmouth playing squad, THBN

As you can see from the above image (taken just now from the Portsmouth FC website), Pompey won't have any problems naming their 25-man squad.

Tal Ben Haim is also on the list, which is strange, seeing as he left the club after they got relegated.


Enough about them. Who will Harry include in our 25-man squad? Players up to the age of 21 don't count and Harry has to name 8 "Homegrown" players (players who have spent at least 3 seasons in the English or Welsh league systems).

September 1st looms and yet no signings to speak of.

Maybe it's true that we really are waiting for City to finish their spending spree before making a move?

Source: COYS

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