Busio scores again, Zelalem starts as Sporting KC ties FC Cincinnati

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Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes rotated his squad for its match at FC Cincinnati, and it paid off in a point on the road.

One of the stars of the show was 16-year-old Gianluca Busio, who looked calm and composed in his central midfield role on the ball and even came away with a goal, even though it was a bit of a gift after a mixup by FC Cincinnati’s defense. In addition, Gedion Zelalem made his MLS debut starting in Sporting KC colors, going 57 minutes alongside Busio as Zelalem builds match fitness. Busio’s goal set a new MLS record for the teenager.

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Busio’s goal cancelled out Darren Mattocks’ first half penalty kick, and the MLS expansion side had multiple chances in the second half on counter attacks to pull out all three points.

Cincinnati took the early lead in the 19th minute after Roland Lamah was taken down in the penalty area. Darren Mattocks stepped up and sent Adrian Zendejas the wrong way to give the hosts the lead. It was Mattocks’ first of the season and seemed to give him an added boost of confidence.

Both teams had chances to score later in the half, with Kelyn Rowe missing a great opportunity in the box and Mattocks blasting a strike off the post.

In the second half, Kekuta Manneh was put through on goal but put his shot wide, and Cincinnati was made to pay. With the ball off on the left wing, Busio made a run through the middle of the park and was nearly picked out by Rowe. However, with Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey and left back Greg Garza approaching the ball, the two collided and failed to clear the ball, leaving Busio to finish into an empty net.

In a game that finished at 1-1, it will be remembered by both sides for all the missed changes to both. One of the other bright spots, related to the U.S. Men’s National Team, was the play of Kenny Saief. In his first start since joining FC Cincinnati, the American-born, Israeli-raised attacker floated into the middle from the wing and dribbled at defenders, creating plenty of chances for Cincinnati in the attacking third.

Ultimately though, it was Busio who stole the show. Just 16, it’s a bright sign for the future for both Sporting KC and the USMNT as he develops in the professional game.

USMNT’s Zelalem leaves Arsenal for Sporting KC

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Gedion Zelalem is looking to get his career back on track, and the USMNT midfielder has landed in Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas City.

The club announced on Monday that Zelalem has signed a deal for the rest of the 2019 season, “with club options for 2020 and 2021.”

Zelalem, 22, was born in Germany to Ethiopian parents and moved to Maryland as a youngster. Former USMNT boss Jurgen Klinsmann spoke highly of Zelalem after he chose to represent the U.S. over Germany, while Arsene Wenger took him to Arsenal at the age of 16 and raved up his potential.

Zelalem will now be pushed on by Peter Vermes at Sporting KC, and this signing is a huge coup for MLS as it proves that yet another young player sees a pathway to develop their game and improve in North America.

“Gedion is a talented player and we are excited to welcome him to the club,” Vermes said. “We look forward to his integration into the squad as the team competes in multiple competitions throughout the season.”

Since bursting onto the scene with Arsenal and the U.S. youth national teams, Zelalem has struggled to kick on. After joining the Gunners’ academy in 2013, he made just four first team appearances under Wenger.

Loan spells at Glasgow Rangers and VVV Venlo were okay but not great, while injuries impacted his development in north London and he just hasn’t quite lived up to expectations after being billed as one of the most skilful youngsters to be nurtured at Arsenal’s academy.

There is no doubting Zelalem’s talent, especially with the ball at his feet, but there are some question marks around his physicality and even his drive to succeed at the next level.

We are about to find out if he can rip it up in MLS as he will finally push for regular minutes as a professional. That is something that has never happened, and was unlikely to happen, at Arsenal.

Transfer Deadline Day Live Blog — As It Happened

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Once a non-event, the January transfer window has become busier and busier as the teams of the Premier League deem improving their lot for the second half of the season almost as important as the first.

Makes sense, right?

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We’re monitoring things at Chelsea and Newcastle amongst other venues before the window slams shut at 6 p.m. ET.

Be sure to follow the Sky Sports deadline show on NBCSN until 5 p.m. ET before the NBC Sports Soccer crew picks up for three more hours of dynamite coverage.

So here we go.

6:21 p.m. ET — Yannick Bolasie is leaving Everton on loan to Anderlecht for the rest of the season after cutting a loan with Aston Villa short.

6 p.m. ET — The window is closed, but that just means deal sheets had to be submitted to the Premier League. Stay tuned for further announcements.

5:56 p.m. ET — Celtic have pushed another deal over the line in its bid to hold off Rangers and Aberdeen and win another Scottish Premiership title.

Jeremy Toljan will join the Bhoys from Borussia Dortmund on loan, having struggled to get playing time on the Bundesliga leaders.

5:52 p.m. ET — A couple late deals coming through for peripheral PL players.

Everton’s Beni Baningime will go on loan to Wigan Athletic, having seen his playing time pretty much disappear after Sam Allardyce left Goodison Park.

And long time Leicester City man Andy King is leaving the King Power Stadium to join Derby County for the rest of the season.

5:38 p.m. ET — A bit slower now with 22 minutes to go in the window. Of course, moves can be announced after 6 p.m. ET but there is paperwork to be filed…

Will Michy Batshuayi finish his move to Palace? Jacob Murphy to West Brom?

5:11 p.m. ET — A report out of Italy has a couple of eye-popping notes.

DC United has reportedly turned down almost $12 million from Paris Saint-Germain for Luciano Acosta, hoping to get closer to $14m for the 24-year-old former Boca Juniors man.

Acosta does not hold an international roster spot for DC, who saw the playmaker team up with Wayne Rooney to push the Black-and-Red up the Eastern Conference table last season.

Acosta has 19 goals and 27 assists in 103 appearances for DC, and would help PSG plug the hole opened by Neymar’s 10-week layoff.

5:03 p.m. ET — The BBC is reporting that Fulham has landed former West Ham midfielder/defender Havard Nordtveit.

The Norwegian will arrive on loan from Hoffenheim. The 28-year-old has mostly played center back in 11 matches between the Bundesliga and Champions League this season.

Fulham also sold combustible striker Aboubakar Kamara to Malatyaspor.

4:35 p.m. ET — Woah. Michy Batshuayi has apparently reached terms with Crystal Palace in the hopes of a permanent deal.

UPDATE: Sky reports that Palace CEO Steve Parrish says the deal is ON.

The big Belgian striker, 25, would take more attention off of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, and hopefully feed off the crosses of the latter, Patrick Van Aanholt, and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

This could be a big, big deal and a stunner of a lower-half signing.

4:32 p.m. ET — Our noted KC writer Andy Edwards has thoughts on an exciting report that longtime USMNT prospect Gedion Zelalem may move from Arsenal to Major League Soccer.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes has a knack for developing young talents, so it’ll be interesting to see whether this is a loan or a permanent deal (should it happen).

4:30 p.m. ET — A note from Major League Soccer, where Toronto FC is ready to splash some cash to replace outgoing megastar Sebastian Giovinco.

Remember, their last few Designated Players include Giovinco, Jermain Defoe, Jozy Altidore, and Michael Bradley…

4:22 p.m. ET — Everton’s potential sale of Idrissa Gana Gueye of Paris Saint-Germain has been quiet, but Sky Sports has broken into their coverage to say that Gana is now the subject of a $34 million bid.

The Toffees still do not plan on selling the industrious center midfielder, but he’s also 29 years old and the Toffees are neither in danger of being relegated nor finding their footing as a European club.

4:07 p.m. ET — Michy Batshuayi is one of the topics of conversation, as the Belgian striker looks to find regular playing time away from Chelsea.

Batshuayi, 25, tore up the Bundesliga on loan at Borussia Dortmund last season, but could not find the back of the goal often in a half-season at Valencia.

He’s been linked with moves to Real Betis, West Ham United, and — most unlikely — Spurs, but his wages are reportedly holding up the deal. Speaking on Sky Sports’ transfer deadline show, Sam Allardyce unsurprisingly said West Ham would be the best place for him.

3:49 p.m. ET — Some Americans in Scotland (and America) news.

A pair of players have signed with Celtic, though neither will spend the rest of this season with Brendan Rodgers‘ men.

It looks like MAC Hermann Trophy winner Andrew Gutman was not able to get the proper papers to activate his time at Celtic, as the Indiana University left back and USMNT hopeful has been sent on loan to Nashville SC.

Also signing leaving Celtic on loan is NC State’s Manny Perez, who is off on loan to North Carolina FC.

And there’s a Yank making a move to the Scottish Championship, as 23-year-old Evansville product Ian McGrath makes the move from Nashville SC to Queen of the South.

3:18 p.m. ET — It’s a loan swap deal, but the big piece moving between Monaco and Leicester City is versatile and dangerous Belgian midfielder Youri Tielemans.

The 21-year-old has five goals and an assist in Ligue 1 play, and operates in the center of the park.

Going back the other way is Adrien Silva, 29, who just hasn’t settled at Leicester following a paperwork snafu at the start of the 2017-18 season.

3 p.m. ET — A move from MLS to a top European team, but it’s more for the future.

Real Salt Lake’s Taylor Booth is on the move to Bayern Munich. The U.S. U-19 midfielder, 17, joins FC Dallas youngster Chris Richards and Vancouver Whitecaps star Alphonso Davies at the Allianz Arena.

More info: Here.

Make sure to tune-in for our special Transfer Deadline Day show on NBCSN today from 5 p.m. ET as we focus on all of the moves across the Premier League in the January window. You can stream the show live online right here.

Full Premier League 2018-19 squad lists released

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Full squad lists have been released for the 2018-19 Premier League season, with each team naming 25 players to their first team rosters.

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Each PL team must have at least eight home grown players in their squad, and the definition of a home grown player is as a player who “irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday or the end of the season during which he turns 21.”

Below is the list in full, courtesy of the PremierLeague.com, as there are also U21 players listed for each club.

AFC Bournemouth
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Ake, Nathan Benjamin*
Begovic, Asmir*
Boruc, Artur
Cook, Steve Anthony*
Daniels, Charlie*
Defoe, Jermain Colin*
Francis, Simon Charles*
Fraser, Ryan
Gosling, Daniel*
Ibe, Jordon Femi Ashley*
King, Joshua Christian Kojo*
Lerma Solis, Jeffrson Andres
Mings, Tyrone Deon*
Mousset, Lys
Pugh, Marc Anthony*
Rico Salguero, Diego
Simpson, Jack Benjamin*
Smith, Adam James*
Stanislas, Felix Junior*
Surman, Andrew Ronald Edward*
Wilson, Callum Eddie Graham*

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Anthony, Jaidon
Bertrand, Harvey-Joe Edward
Boote, James Peter
Brooks, David Robert
Butcher, Matthew David
Camp, Brennan
Clements, Nathan John
Cook, Lewis John
Cope, Jake William
Cordner, Tyler Jack
Dennis, William Jonathon
Dinsmore, Thomas Jack
Dobre, Mihai-Alexandru
Genesini, Brooklyn David Anthony
Gillela, Dinesh
Glover, Ryan Michael Scott
Gray, Luke Antony
Hamilton, Tyrell Anthony
Hanfrey, Thomas William
Hobson, Shaun Jermaine
Holmes, Jordan Thomas
Ibsen Rossi, Zeno
Jordan, Corey
Kilkenny, Gavin
Kurran-Browne, Connor Chadney
Mahoney, Connor Anthony
Moriah-Welsh, Nathan Daniel
Ndjoli, Mikael Bongili
Nippard, Luke Ryan
O’Connell, Keelan
Ofoborh, Nathan Nnamdi Ugochukwu Benjamin Asigboro
Oliver, James Robert
Parker-Trott, Thomas James
Plain, Cameron Christopher
Ramsdale, Aaron Christopher
Saydee, Christian
Scrimshaw, Jake
Seaman, Charlie
Sherring, Sam
Surridge, Samuel William
Taylor, Kyle Frazer
Torniainen, Jack Maurice
Travers, Mark
Vincent, Francis William
Ward, Calum Brian Joseph
Worthington, Matthew Luke

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick
Bellerin, Hector*
Bramall, Cohen
Cech, Petr
Elneny, Mohamed Naser Elsayed
Holding, Robert Samuel*
Iliev, Deyan*
Iwobi, Alex*
Jenkinson, Carl Daniel*
Kolasinac, Sead
Koscielny, Laurent
Lacazette, Alexandre
Leno, Bernd
Lichtsteiner, Stephan
Martinez, Damian Emiliano*
Mkhitaryan, Henrikh
Monreal, Ignacio
Mustafi, Shkodran
Ozil, Mesut
Papastathopoulos, Sokratis
Ramsey, Aaron James*
Torreira, Lucas
Welbeck, Daniel*
Xhaka, Granit

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Alebiousu, Ryan
Amaechi, Xavier Casmier
Ballard, Daniel George
Balogun, Folarin Jerry
Barden, Daniel
Bielik, Krystian
Bola, Tolaji
Burton, Robert
Clarke, Harrison Thomas
Cottrell, Ben
Coyle, Trae
Daley-Campbell, Vontae
Dennis, Matthew
Flaherty, Stanley James
Gilmour, Charlie Ian
Greenwood, Sam
Guendouzi, Matteo
Hein, Karl Jakob
John-Jules, Tyreece Romayo
Lopez Salguero, Joel
Maitland-Niles, Ainsley
Martin, Joshua
Matthews, Alfie
Mavropanos, Konstantinos
McEneff, Jordan John
McGuinness, Mark James
Medley, Zechariah Joshua Henry
Nelson, Reiss
Nketiah, Edward
Nwakali, Kelechi
Okonkwo, Arthur
Olayinka, Olujimi James Ayodele
Olowu, Joseph Olugbenga
Omole, Tobi
Osei-Tutu, Jordi
Pleguezuelo, Julio Jose
Saka, Bukayo
Sheaf, Ben
Smith Rowe, Emile
Smith, Matthew Gerrard
Smith, Tom
Spencer-Adams, Bayli Alexander
Swanson, Zak
Thompson, Dominic
Tormey, Nathan Alexander
Willock, Joseph George
Zelalem, Gedion

Brighton & Hove Albion
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Andone, Florin
Balogun, Leon Aderemi
Barclay, Benjamin Philip*
Bissouma, Yves
Bong, Thomas Gaetan
Button, David Robert Edmund*
Duffy, Shane Patrick Michael*
Dunk, Lewis Carl*
Fernandes da Silva Junior, Bernardo
Gross, Pascal
Izquierdo Mena, Jose Heriberto
Jahan Bakhsh Jirandeh, Alireza
Kayal, Beram
Knockaert, Anthony Patrick
Locadia, Jurgen Leonardo
March, Soloman Benjamin*
Montoya Torralbo, Martin
Murray, Glenn*
Propper, David Petrus Wenceslaus Henri
Ryan, Matthew David
Saltor Grau, Bruno
Schelotto, Ezequiel Matias
Steele, Jason*
Stephens, Dale Christopher*
Suttner, Markus

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Alzate, Steven
Araujo, Jordan Nando Marques
Arce Mina, Billy Vladimir
Bentley, George Richard
Carre, Julien Serge
Cashman, Danny Christopher
Clark-Eden, Ben
Cochrane, Alexander William
Collar, William Guy
Collings, Billy Paul
Connolly, Aaron Anthony
Cox, George Frederick
Davies, Archie
Davies, Jordan Andrew
Dreyer, Anders Laustrup
Gwargis, Peter
Gyokeres, Viktor Einar
Hall, Ben
Jenks, Teddy Christopher Graham
Kazukolovas, Kipras
Kerr, Joshua Reiss
Keto, Hugo Oliver
Leonard, Marc Henry
Ljubicic, Stefan Alexander
Longman, Ryan James
Lynch Sanchez, Robert
Maguire-Drew, Jordan Luke
Mandroiu, Daniel Jordan
McGill, Thomas Peter Wayne
Molumby, Jayson Patrick
Moore, Owen James
O’Hora, Warren Patrick
Onen, Jayden Roy
Ostigard, Leo Skiri
Packham, Samuel James
Radulovic Samoukovic, Bojan
Rees, Roco
Roberts, Haydon
Sanders, Max Harrison
Shihab, Tareq Shakib
Spong, Jack
Tanimowo, Ayobami Babatunde
Tilley, James Alexander David
Tolaj, Lorent
Tomlinson, Joseph William George
Tutt, Cameron
Vukoje, Stefan Charles
Weaire, Matthew
White, Benjamin William
Wilson, Benjamin John
Zalewski, Piotr

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Bardsley, Phillip Anthony*
Barnes, Ashley Luke*
Brady, Robert*
Cork, Jack Frank Porteous*
Defour, Steven Arnold
Gibson, Benjamin James*
Gudmundsson, Johann Berg
Hart, Charles Joseph John*
Heaton, Thomas David*
Hendrick, Jeffrey Patrick*
Lennon, Aaron*
Lindegaard, Anders Rozenkrantz
Long, Kevin Finbarr*
Lowton, Matthew John*
Mee, Benjamin Thomas*
Pope, Nicholas David*
Tarkowski, James Alan*
Taylor, Charles James*
Vokes, Samuel Michael*
Vydra, Matej
Walters, Jonathan Ronald*
Ward, Stephen Robert
Wells, Nahki
Westwood, Ashley Roy*
Wood, Chris*

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Agyei, Daniel Ebenezer Kwasi
Allan Meredith, Dylon Thomas
Allen, Harry George
Bayode, Olatunde Tobias
Benson, Josh
Blair, Marley Jasiah Kane Noel
Bruce, Adam David
Calderbank-Park, Kai
Chakwana, Tinashe
Chima, Udoka Godwill
Clarke, James Michael Neil
Conley, Joseph Thomas
Conn, Christopher Seamus Michael
Cook, Edward Harry
Cropper, Jordan
Driscoll-Glennon, Anthony
Dunne, James Gerard
Fenlon, Rhys-James Roy
Fowler, Michael
George, Mitchell Colin
Goodridge, Mace Lewin
Harker, Robert William
Harris, William
Howarth, Mark David
Kershaw, Ethan Samuel
Koiki, Abd-Al-Ali Morakinyo Olaposi
Major, Jayden Anthony
McMahon, George James
McNeil, Dwight James Matthew
Moss, Daniel Thomas
Mupariwa, Terry Tauyanashe
N’Guessan, Christian Dashiell Ruhemann
O’Neill, Aiden Connor
O’Neill, Matthew James
Patterson, Kane Mazo
Perkins, Teddy Arthur
Pruti, Edon
Rain, Matthew
Smith, Kai
Steels, Vinnie Barry
Stone, Aiden Thomas
Taylor, Richard Akinfolarin
Thomas, Bobby Craig
Wilson, Scott John
Yari, Kian
Younger, Oliver

Cardiff City
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Arter, Harry Nicholas*
Bamba, Souleymane
Bennett, Joseph*
Camarasa, Victor
Connolly, Matthew Thomas Martin*
Cunningham, Gregory Richard*
Damour, Loic
Ecuele Manga, Bruno
Etheridge, Neil Leonard Dula*
Gunnarsson, Aron Einar Malmquist
Hoilett, David Wayne*
Madine, Gary Lee*
Mathurin-Harris, Kadeem Raymond*
Mendez-Laing, Nathaniel*
Morrison, Sean Joseph*
Murphy, Brian*
Murphy, Joshua*
Paterson, Callum Thomas Owen
Peltier, Lee Anthony*
Ralls, Joseph William*
Reid, Bobby*
Richards, Ashley Darel Jazz*
Smithies, Alexander*
Ward, Daniel Carl*
Zohore, Albin

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Andrew-Knott, Rudy Shaquille
Bagan, Joel Matthew
Bodenham, Jack Tomas
Bowen, Sam Lewis
Brown, Ciaron Maurice
Burwood, Warren Robert John
Colwill, Rubin
Coxe, Cameron Terry
Davies, Connor William
Davies, Isaak James
Davies, Jac Tomos
Duffey, Jordan James
Duffus, Tyrone Errol
Evans, Jacob Finlay
Evans, Kieron Thomas
Griffiths, Daniel Lawrence
Hall, Matthew Raymond
Harris, Mark
Humphries, Lloyd
Jones, Trystan Rhys
Martin, Daniel John
Parsons, Samuel Steven
Patten, Keenan
Pinchard, Harry Matthew
Pryce, Ryan
Ratcliffe, George
Reynolds, Ryan Michael
Sharif Badedi, Adam Mohamed
Smith, Henry William Leonard
Spence, Sion
Waite, James Tyler
Warnock, William Douglas Neil
Williams-Margetson, Ben
Wootton, Laurence Thomas

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Alonso Mendoza, Marcos
Arrizabalaga Revuelta, Kepa
Azpilicueta Tanco, Cesar
Barkley, Ross*
Borges Da Silva, Willian
Caballero Lazcano, Wilfredo Daniel
Cahill, Gary James*
Christensen, Andreas Bodtker*
Drinkwater, Daniel Noel*
Fabregas Soler, Francesc*
Giroud, Olivier
Green, Robert Paul*
Hazard, Eden
Jorge Luiz, Frello Filho
Kante, Ngolo
Kovacic, Mateo
Loftus Cheek, Ruben*
Luiz Moreira Marinho, David
Morata Martin, Alvaro Borja
Moses, Victor*
Palmieri Dos Santos, Emerson
Piazon, Lucas Domingues*
Rodriguez Ledesma, Pedro Eliezer
Rudiger, Antonio
Zappacosta, Davide

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Abraham, Tammy
Aina, Jordan
Ampadu, Ethan
Anjorin, Faustino Adebola Rasheed
Askew, Jake
Ballo, Thierno Mamadou
Baxter, Nathan
Broja, Armando
Brown, Charlie
Brown, Isaiah Jay
Bulka, Marcin
Chalobah, Trevoh Tom
Clark, James Robert
Clarke-Salter, Jake-Liam
Colley, Joseph
Collins, Bradley Ray
Cumming, James Andrew
Dasilva, Jay Rhys
Ekwah Elimby, Pierre Emmanuel
Familia-Castillo, Juan Carlos
Gallagher, Conor
Gilmour, Billy Clifford
Grant, Joshua
Guehi, Addji Keaninkin Marc-Israel
Hudson-Odoi, Callum James
James, Reece
Lamptey, Tariq
Lavinier, Marcel
Lawrence, Henry
Lewis, Marcel
Maatsen, Ian
Maddox, Jacob
McClelland, Sam
McCormick, Luke
McEachran, George James
Mola, Clinton
Mount, Mason
Nartey, Richard Nicos Tettey
Nunn, George Johannes
Quintero Quintero, Josimar Aldair
Redan, Daishawn Orpheo Marvin
Russell, Jonathan
Sammut, Ruben
Scott, Kyle
Simeu, Dynel
Sterling, Dujon
Taylor-Crossdale, Martell
Thompson, Jared
Tie, Nicolas
Tomori, Fikayo
Ugbo, Ike
Uwakwe, Tariq
Wady, Ethan James
Wakefield, Charlie Mark
Wakely, Jack
Ziger, Karlo

Crystal Palace
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Ayew, Jordan
Benteke, Christian
Dann, Scott*
Guaita, Vincente
Hennessey, Wayne Robert*
Kaikai, Sulaiman Borbor*
Kelly, Martin Ronald*
Kouyate, Cheikhou
McArthur, James
Meyer, Max
Milivojevic, Luka
Puncheon, Jason David Ian*
Riedwald, Jairo Jocquim
Sakho, Mamadou
Schlupp, Jeffrey*
Sorloth, Alexander
Souare, Pape N’Diaye
Speroni, Julian Maria
Tomkins, James Oliver Charles*
Townsend, Andros*
Van Aanholt, Patrick John Miguel*
Ward, Joel Edward Philip*
Wickham, Connor Neil Ralph*
Williams, Jonathan Peter*
Zaha, Dazet Wilfried Armel*

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Addy, Tetteh-Quaye
Ajayi, Joshua
Aveiro, Brandon Paulo Vale
Boateng, David Nketiah
Boateng, Malachi
Brown, Tyler
Bryon, Lewis
Chamberlin-Gayle, Jashaun Deviente
Daly, James Stanley
Donkin, William Rupert James
Dreher, Luke Garry
Eyenga Lokilo, Jason
Flanagan, Kian
Gurung, Bivesh
Hanson, Ryan David
Henry, Dion-Curtis
Hungbo, Joseph Oluwagbemiga
Jno Baptiste, Francis
Keutcha, Pierrick Brandon
Kirby, Nya Jerome
Lumeka, Levi Jeremiah
Luthra, Rohan
Malcolm, Joshua
Matthews, Drew
McGregor, Giovanni Donald
Mitchell, Tyrick
O’Dwyer, Oliver
Onoabhagbe, Ehizojie Martins
Parris, Kamari
Robertson, Sean Dominic
Russell, Jacob Luke
Russell, Jude Thomas
Street, Robert Nicholas
Tavares, Nikola
Trehy, Cian
Tupper, Joe Daniel
Wan-Bissaka, Aaron
Watson, Courtney Alfie Haynes
Webber, Oliver Henry
Woods, Samuel John

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Anicio Caldeira Duarte, Bernard
Baines, Leighton John*
Browning, Tyias*
Charsley, Henry William James*
Coleman, Seamus
Digne, Lucas
Galloway, Brendan Joel Zibusiso*
Gueye, Idrissa Gana
Hewelt, Mateusz Tomasz*
Holgate, Mason Anthony*
Jagielka, Philip Nikodem*
Keane, Michael Vincent*
McCarthy, James*
Mina Gonzalez, Yerry Fernando
Niasse, Baye Oumar
Pickford, Jordan Lee*
Schneiderlin, Morgan*
Sigurdsson, Gylfi Thor*
Stekelenburg, Maarten
Tavares Gomes, Andre Filipe
Tosun, Cenk
Walcott, Theo James*
Zouma, Kurt Happy

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Adedoyin, Korede Yemi
Adeniran, Dennis Emmanuel Abiodun Bamidele Chijiok
Anderson Ogbomo, Jonathan Osazee
Anderson, Joseph William
Astley, Ryan
Baningime, Beni
Barrett, Jack Joseph
Bowler, Joshua Luke
Bramall, Daniel Luke
Broadhead, Nathan Paul
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic
Carroll, Bobby Lee
Collins, Michael Kieran
Connolly, Callum Alexander
Davies, Thomas
De Andrade, Richarlison
Denny, Alexander
Dowell, Kieran O’Neil
Evans, Antony Kenneth
Feeney, Morgan
Foulds, Matthew Colin
Gibson, Lewis Jack
Gordon, Anthony Michael
Hansen, Nicolas Defreitas
Hilton, Joseph Robert
Hornby, Fraser
Hosie, Joshua
Hughes, Rhys
Hunt, MacKenzie James
Iversen, Einar Hjellestad
John, Kyle Alex
Kenny, Jonjoe
Kiersey, Jack Alexander
Lavery, Shayne Francis
Lookman, Ademola Lookman Olajade Alade Aylola
Mampala, Manasse
Markelo, Nathangelo Alexandro
Mathis, Boris
McKeown, Bernard Joshua
Neves Virginia, Joao Manual
Neves, Pedro Vinagre Pedrola
Onyekuru, Henry Chukwuemeka
Ouzounidis, Con
Phillips, Kieran James
Quirk, Sebastian Anthony
Renshaw, Christopher Thomas
Richards, Elliot Thomas
Robinson, Antonee
Sambou, Bassala
Simms, Ellis Reco
Stanley, Kameron Mark James
Thompson, Max
Tyrer, Harry
Vlasic, Nikola
Warnock, Ethan Daniel
Warren, Tom
Zuk, Pawel Andrzej

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Ayite, Floyd
Bettinelli, Marcus*
Bryan, Joseph Edward*
Cairney, Thomas*
Chambers, Calum*
Christie, Cyrus Sylvester Frederick*
Cisse, Ibrahima
Fonte, Rui Pedro da Rocha*
Johansen, Stefan Marius
Kamara, Aboubakar
Kebano, Neeskens
Le Marchand, Maxime
Mawson, Alfie Robert John*
McDonald, Kevin David
Mitrovic, Aleksandar
Odoi, Denis Frimpong
Ramirez, Fabricio Agosto
Ream, Timothy Michael
Rico Gonzalez, Sergio
Rodak, Marek*
Schurrle, Andre
Seri, Jean Michael
Vietto, Luciano Dario
Zambo Anguissa, Andre-Frank

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Ablade, Terry
Adebayo, Elijah Anuoluwapo Oluwaferanmi Oluwatomi Oluwalana Ayomikulehin
Andrason, Atli Hrafn
Antwi, Cameron Akwasi
Armsworth, Scott David
Asare, Zico Kukuu
Ashby-Hammond, Luca
Ashby-Hammond, Taye
Atkinson, Robert Philip
Bakumo-Abraham, Jason Timiebi Ogheneobrucheme
Carvalho, Fabio
Cover, Tristan
Davies, Aron Paul
Davis, Benjamin James
De Havilland, Ryan James
De La Torre, Lucas Daniel
Drameh, Cody Callum Pierre
Edun, Adetayo Oluwatosin Olusegun Adio Aduramigba Iretioluwa
Fossey, Marlon Joseph
Fosu-Mensah, Evans Timothy Fosu
Francois, Tyrese Jay
Frei, Elias
Garrido Rodriguez, Jose
Harris, Jayden John-Lloyd
Hilton, Sonny
Humphrys, Stephen Peter
Jasper, Sylvester
Jenz, Moritz
Kait, Mattias
Kelly, Vishna Christopher
McAvoy, Connor
Mundle-Smith, Jaydn Josiah
Norman, Magnus
Opoku, Jerome
O’Riley, Matthew Sean
Page, Jonathon Charles
Santos Clase, Nicolas
Sessegnon, Kouassi Ryan
Sessegnon, Zeze Steven
Stahl, Toni
Tahir, Showkat Mohamed
Thompson, Cameron Randy
Thorsteinsson, Jon Dagur
Tiehi, Jean-Pierre Alberic
Warland, Riley Charles
Wickens, George Alexander

Huddersfield Town
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Billing, Philip Anyanwu*
Depoitre, Laurent
Diakhaby, Adama
Durm, Erik
Gorenc Stankovic, Jon
Hadergjonaj, Florent
Hamer, Benjamin John*
Hogg, Jonathan*
Jorgensen, Mathias
Kachunga, Elias
Kongolo, Terence
Lossl, Jonas
Lowe, Chris Jorg
Mbenza, Isaac
Mooy, Aaron Frank*
Mounie, Steve
Pritchard, Alex David*
Quaner, Collin
Sabiri, Abdelhamid
Schindler, Christopher Wolfgang Georg August
Smith, Thomas George*
Van La Parra, Rajiv
Williams, Daniel Charles

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Alfieri, George Anthony
Annakin, Taylor William Gerald
Austerfield, Joshua James
Bacuna, Juninho
Bamford, Thomas Samuel
Barrett, Jake George
Bell, Thomas James
Bellagambi, Giosue Ebong
Booty, Regan Jak
Crichlow-Noble, Romoney
Daly, Matthew Paul
Danaher, George Charles
Davison-Hale, Harrison William Roger
Dihby, Mohammed
Duhaney, Demeaco
Dyson, Oliver Jason Lee
Edmonds-Green, Rarmani River Miguel Joseph
Eli, Jordan James Raphael
Elliott, Christopher Tchanga
Gibson, Samuel Joseph
Harratt, Kian Shay
Headley, Jaheim Anthony
High, Scott John
Ijiwole, Andrew Jose
Jackson, Ben Joseph
Kherbouche, Nasim
Marriott, Isaac William
Meeson, Seth David
Mewitt, Luke Edward
Mills, Benjamin Peter
Mintus, Darnell Dantae Bowers
Obiero, Micah Obonyo Dulo
O’Brien, Lewis John
Olagunju, Mustapha Oluwatosin
O’Malley, Mason Lewis
Pyke, Rekiel Leshaun
Raymond, Dahomey Asher
Rosario, Gabriel Luc
Rowe, Aaron Kevin Isaac
Schofield, Ryan James
Sharrock-Peplow, Samuel Jacob
Sobhi, Ramadan
Spratt, Harry
Tear, Darren Dominic
Thompson, Oran James
Thompson, Remi Kai

Leicester City
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Albrighton, Marc Kevin*
Amartey, Daniel
Chilwell, Benjamin James*
Diabate, Fousseni
Evans, Jonathan Grant*
Fuchs, Christian
Ghezzal, Rachid
Gray, Demarai Remelle*
Iborra, Vicente
Iheanacho, Kelechi
Jakupovic, Eldin
James, Matthew Lee*
Maddison, James Daniel*
Maguire, Harry*
Mendy, Nampalys
Morgan, Westley Nathan*
Ndidi, Onyinye Wilfred
Okazaki, Shinji
Pereira, Ricardo
Schmeichel, Kasper Peter*
Silva, Adrien Sebastien Perruchet
Simpson, Daniel Peter*
Soyuncu, Caglar
Vardy, Jamie*
Ward, Daniel*

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Arlott-John, Dempsey Michael Asa
Barnes, Harvey Lewis
Barrett, Connor
Benkovic, Filip
Bolkiah, Faiq Jefri
Bollard, Dylan Jack
Bosworth, Oliver Michael
Bramley, Max
Choudhury, Hamza
Davies, Rhys Paul Richard
Dewsbury-Hall, Kiernan
Edwards-John, Kairo
Elewa-Ikpakwu, Edward
Felix-Eppiah, Joshua
Gbadebo, Camron Israel
Gyamfi, Dennis
Gyamfi, Johnson Adu
Heaven, George William
Hughes, Samuel Joseph
Husek, Lukas
Iversen, Daniel
James, Leon Pitchaya
Johansson, Viktor Tobias
Johnson, Darnell Tobias Jack
Keaveny, Jozsef Phelim
Knight, Joshua Michael
Kranthove, Justen Shelden
Leathers, Adam James
Leshabela, Thakgalo Khanya
Loft, Ryan
Loughlan, Liam
Makanjuola, Habib Abdulfatal
McAteer, Kasey
Meite, Alassane
Moore, Elliott Jordan
Murch, Oliver Edward
Muskwe, Admiral Dalindlela
Myring, Harrison
Ndukwu, Layton Julius
Pascanu, Alexandru Stefan
Ramsay, Louis Mark
Sams, Thomas James
Shade, Tyrese
Sherif, Lamine Kaba
Sowah, Kamal
Stolarczyk, Jakub
Tavares, Sidnei Wilson Vieira David
Tee, Conor
Thomas, George Stanley
Thomas, Luke Jonathan
Uche Rubio, Raul
Ughelumba, Calvin
Williams, Kian
Wright, Callum

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Barbosa De Oliveira, Roberto Firmino
Becker, Alisson Ramses
Clyne, Nathaniel Edwin*
Henderson, Jordan Brian*
Henrique Taveres, Fabio
Karius, Loris Sven
Keita, Naby
Lallana, Adam David*
Lovren, Dejan
Mane, Sadio
Matip, Job Joel Andre
Mignolet, Simon
Milner, James Philip*
Moreno Perez, Alberto
Origi, Divock Okoth
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander Mark David*
Randall, Connor Steven*
Robertson, Andrew
Salah, Mohamed
Shaqiri, Xherdan
Sturridge, Daniel*
Van Dijk, Virgil
Wijnaldum, Georginio

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Adekanye, Omobolaji Habeeb
Alexander Arnold, Trent
Atherton, Daniel
Awoniyi, Taiwo
Bearne, Jack William Garrad
Beck, Owen Michael
Boyes, Morgan
Brewster, Rhian
Brookwell, Niall
Cain, Jake Steven
Camacho, Rafael Euclides Soares
Chirivella Burgos, Pedro
Christie-Davies, Isaac David
Clarkson, Leighton
Clayton, Thomas
Cordoba, Anderson Arroyo
Coyle, Liam
Dixon-Bonner, Elijah Malik
Duncan, Bobby
Ejaria, Oviemuno
Gallacher, Tony
Garcia Rey, Juan Manuel
George, Shamal
Glatzel, Paul
Gomez, Joseph David
Grabara, Kamil
Jaros, Viteslav
Johnston, George
Jones, Curtis
Kane, Herbie
Kelleher, Caoimhin
Larouci, Yasser
Lewis, Adam
Longstaff, Luis James
Masterson, Conor
McAuley, Glen
Millar, Liam
Ojo, Oluwaseyi
O’Rourke, Fidel
Phillips, Nathaniel Harry
Raitanen, Patrik
Ritaccio, Matteo
Rodrigues De Souza, Allan
Savage, Remmi Eugene
Sharif, Abdulrahman Mohamoud
Solanke-Mitchell, Dominic Ayodele
Tagseth, Edvard Sandvik
Turner, Alex
Varesanovic, Dal
Virtue Thick, Matthew Joseph
Walls, Jack
Whelan, Corey
Williams, Ben
Williams, Neco Shay
Williams, Rhys
Wilson, Harry
Woodburn, Benjamin

Manchester City
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Aguero Del Castillo, Sergio
Bravo Munoz, Claudio Andres
Da Silva, Danilo Luiz
De Bruyne, Kevin
Delph, Fabian*
Gundogan, Ilkay
Jimenez Silva, David Josue
Kompany, Vincent
Laporte, Aymeric
Luiz Roza, Fernando
Mahrez, Riyad
Mangala, Eliaquim
Mendy, Benjamin
Mota Veiga de Carvalho E Silva, Bernardo
Otamendi, Nicolas
Sane, Leroy
Santana de Moraes, Ederson
Sterling, Raheem Shaquille*
Stones, John*
Walker, Kyle Andrew*
Zinchenko, Oleksandr

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Abdelkader Diaz, Brahim
Adarabioyo, Tosin
Agyiri, Ernest
Amankwah, Yeboah
Ambrose, Thierry
Aminu, Mohammed
Anderson, Curtis Rainford
Antuna Romero, Carlos Uriel
Arzani, Daniel
Bernabe Garcia, Adrian
Bolton, Luke Phillip
Corrigan, Ryan
Dele-Bashiru, Ayotomiwa Sherif
Dele-Bashiru, Oluwafisayo Faruq
Diounkou Tecagne, Alpha Richard
Doyle, Thomas
Fernandes Cantin, Paolo
Fernando De Jesus, Gabriel
Fiorini, Lewis
Foden, Philip Walter
Francis, Edward Albert
Frimpong, Jeremie
Garcia Alonso, Manuel
Garcia Martret, Eric
Garcia Serrano, Aleix
Garre, Benjamin Antonio
Gomes, Claudio
Gonzalez, Lorenzo Jose
Grimshaw, Daniel James
Harwood-Bellis, Taylor
Herrera Ravelo, Yangel Clemente
Humphreys-Grant, Cameron
Ilic, Luka
Knight, Ben
Latibeaudiere, Joel Owen
Luiz Soares De Paulo, Douglas
Matondo, Rabbi
McDonald, Rowan Alexander
Moulden, Louie
Muric, Arijanet Anan
Nemane, Aaron Evans
Nmecha, Felix Kalu
Nmecha, Lukas
Ogbeta, Nathanael
Ogunby, Henri William
Oliver, Charles William Corrigan
Palmer, Cole
Poveda-Ocampo, Ian Carlo
Pozo La Rosa, Iker
Richards, Taylor Jerome
Roberts, Patrick John Joseph
Robinson, Samson Alfie Philip
Rosler, Colin
Ross Palmer Brown, Erik
Sandler, Philippe
Scott, Thomas Henry
Simmonds, Keyendrah Qwamalik Tegan
Smith, Matthew
Sobowale, Oluwatimilehin
Tanor, Collins
Thomas, Lewis Luka
Touaizi Zoubdi, Nabil
Wilson, Tyreke
Wright-Phillips, D’Margio Cameron

Manchester United
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Bailly, Eric Bertrand
Darmian, Matteo
De Gea Quintana, David
Fellaini-Bakkioui, Marouane
Grant, Lee Anderson*
Herrera Aguera, Ander
Hoelgebaum Pereira, Andreas Hugo*
Jones, Philip Anthony*
Lindelof, Victor Jorgen Nilsson
Lingard, Jesse Ellis*
Lukaku, Romelu Menama*
Martial, Anthony Joran
Mata Garcia, Juan Manuel
Matic, Nemanja
McTominay, Scott*
Pogba, Paul Labile*
Rojo, Faustino Marcos Alberto
Romero, Sergio German
Sanchez, Alexis
Santos, Frederico Rodrigues De Paula
Shaw, Luke Paul Hoare*
Smalling, Christopher*
Valencia Mosquera, Luis Antonio
Young, Ashley Simon*

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Baars, Millen
Barlow, Aidan Will
Begjer, Lukasz
Bernard, Di’Shon Joel
Bohui, Joshua Raymond
Borthwick-Jackson, Cameron Jake
Bughail-Mellor, D’Mani Lucell
Burkart, Nishan Connell
Carney, Jacob Andrew
Chong, Tahith
Dalot Teixeira, Jose Diogo
Dearnley, Zachary Harry
Denham, Oliver James
Devine, Reece
Dunne, Max Edward
Elanga, Anthony David Junior
Ercolani, Luca
Fojticek, Alex
Fosu-Mensah, Evans Timothy Fosu
Galbraith, Ethan Stuart William
Garner, James David
Gomes, Adilson Angel Abreu de Almeida
Greenwood, Mason Will John
Gribbin, Callum Anthony
Hamilton, Ethan Billy
Haygarth, Maxwell James
Helm, Mark
Henderson, Dean Bradley
Hockenhull, Ben
Kovar, Matej
Laird, Ethan Benjamin
Levitt, Dylan James Christopher
Mastny, Ondrej
McCann, Charlie Liam
McGhee, Dion Alex
McIntosh-Buffonge, Darren Raekwon
Mengi, Teden Mambuene
Mitchell, Demetri Kareem
Neville, Harvey James
O’Connor, Lee Patrick
Olosunde, Matthew Olawale
Poole, Regan Leslie
Puigmal Martinez, Arnau
Ramazani, Largie
Rashford, Marcus
Sang, Thomas Roy
Stanley, Connor Scott
Tanner, George
Thompson, James George
Traore, Aliou Badara
Tuanzebe, Axel
Warren, Tyrell Nathaniel
Whelan, Callum Tyler
Williams, Brandon Paul Brian
Williams, Ro-Shaun Oman

Newcastle United
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Clark, Ciaran*
Darlow, Karl*
Diame, Mohamed
Dubravka, Martin
Dummett, Paul*
Elliot, Robert*
Fernandez, Federico
Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez
Hayden, Isaac Scot*
Ki, Sung Yueng
Lascelles, Jamaal*
Lazaar, Achraf
Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude
Manquillo Gaitan, Javier
Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis
Murphy, Jacob Kai*
Muto, Yoshinori
Nunes Nascimento, Robert Kenedy
Ritchie, Matthew Thomas*
Rondon, Jose Solomon
Schar, Fabian Lukas
Shelvey, Jonjo*
Sterry, Jamie Michael*
Twasam, Christian Atsu
Yedlin, Deandre

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Allan, Thomas David
Allen, Max
Bailey, Owen John Edward
Barlaser, Daniel Tan
Barrett, Ryan Thomas
Bartlett, Tyrique
Brown, William George
Cass, Lewis Graham
Charman, Luke
Cole, Thomas Anthony
Cumbreras, Jesus Nunez
Ebanks, Tai Graham
Fernandez Satue, Victor
Gamblin, Lucas Ralph
Gibson, Liam Steven
Harker, Nathan
Huuhtanen, Otto Eemeli
Joyce, Samuel Edward
Langley, Daniel David
Longelo-Mbule, Rosaire
Longstaff, Matthew Ben
Longstaff, Sean David
Madia, Deese Kasinga
McEntee, Oisin Michael
McNall, Lewis
O’Connor, Stefan Ramone Sewell
Reed, Kain
Roberts, Callum
Rounsfell, George David Alan
Sangare, Mohammed
Sorensen, Elias Fritjof Graenge
Swailes, Jude Christopher
Toure, Fode Yannick
Walters, Oliver Reece
Watts, Kelland John William James
Wilson, Adam Ayiro
Woodman, Frederick John
Yarney, Josef Charles
Young, Jack

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Alves Soares, Cedric Ricardo
Armstrong, Stuart
Austin, Charlie*
Bednarek, Jan
Bertrand, Ryan*
Davis, Steven*
El Younossi, Mohamed
Forster, Fraser Gerard*
Gabbiadini, Manolo
Gallagher, Samuel James*
Gunn, Angus Fraser James*
Hoedt, Wesley
Hojbjerg, Pierre Emile Kordt
Ings, Daniel William John*
Lemina, Mario Rene Junior
Long, Shane Patrick*
McCarthy, Alex Simon*
Redmond, Nathan Daniel Jerome*
Rose, Jack Joseph*
Stephens, Jack
Targett, Matthew Robert*
Vestergaard, Jannik
Vidal, Oriol Romeu
Ward-Prowse, James Michael Edward*
Yoshida, Maya

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Afolabi, Jonathan
Agbontohoma, David Osaretim
Bartlett, Daniel Grahame
Bradley Green, Jamie
Braithwaite, Benjamin Smales
Brennan, Sean Anthony
Burnett, Ethan Darren
Bycroft, Jack Thomas
Cluett, Ryan
Cull, Alexander
Davis, Harrison
Defise, Lucas Nsiona K
Ferry, William
Fleary, Taymar
Freeman, Kieran
Glean, Rio Kamil
Hale, Harlem
Hamblin, Harry Mark
Hansen, Kornelius Normann
Idowu, Roland
Johnson, Tyreke Martin
Jones, Alfie
Keogh, Seamas
Klarer, Christoph
Kozak, Simon
Kpohomouh, Pascal
Latham, Kingsley Finn
Ledwidge, Kameron Malcolm
Lewis, Harry Charles John
Mdlalose, Siphesihle Thembinkosi
Morris, James William
Nlundulu, Dan
Norton, Christian Anthony
Obafemi, Michael Oluwadurotimi
O’Connor, Thomas James
O’Driscoll, Aaron
Olufunwa, Oludare Samuel Araba
Parkes, Adam Darren
Ramsay, Kayne
Robise, Enzo
Rowthorn, Ben John
Saunders, Michael
Sims, Joshua Samuel
Slattery, Callum
Smallbone, William Anthony Patrick
Tchaptchet, Wandja Allan
Tella, Nathan
Valery, Yan
Vokins, Jake
Watts, Caleb Cassius
Watts, Callum Neil

Tottenham Hotspur
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Alderweireld, Toby Albertine
Alli, Bamidele Jermaine*
Aurier, Serge
Davies, Benjamin Thomas*
Dembele, Mousa
Dier, Eric Jeremy Edgar
Eriksen, Christian
Gazzaniga, Paulo Dino
Heung-min, Son
Kane, Harry*
Lamela, Erik
Llorente Torres, Fernando Javier
Lloris, Hugo
Nkoudou Mbida, Georges-Kevin
Ogilvie, Connor Stuart*
Rodrigues Moura da Silva, Lucas
Rose, Daniel Lee*
Sanchez Mina, Davinson
Sissoko, Moussa
Trippier, Kieran John*
Vertonghen, Jan
Vorm, Michel
Wanyama, Victor
Winks, Harry*

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Amos, Luke Ayodele
Asante, Enock Amponsah
Austin, Brandon Anthon
Bennett, J’Neil Lloyd
Binks, Luis Thomas
Bowden, Jamie Patrick
Brown, Jaden
Carter-Vickers, Cameron
Cirkin, Dennis
Clarke, Rayan Romario
Cooper, Chay
De Bie, Jonathan
Dinzeyi, Jonathan Toko Lema
Duncan, Dylan
Edwards, Marcus
Eyoma, Timothy Joel
Fagan-Walcott, Malachi Michael
Foyth, Juan Marcos
Freeman, Charlie
Georgiou, Anthony Michael
Glover, Thomas William
Harrison, Shayon
Hinds, Tariq Devontae Aaron
Kurylowicz, Kacper
Lyons-Foster, Brooklyn
Maghoma, Edmond-Paris
Markanday, Dilan Kumar
Marsh, George Owen
Mukendi, Jeremie
Oakley-Boothe, Tashan
Okedina, Jubril Adesope
Oluwayemi, Oluwaferanmi Joshua Chibuzo
Onomah, Joshua
Parrott, Troy Daniel
Patterson, Phoenix MacLaren
Pedder, Rafferty
Pochettino, Maurizio
Reynolds, Jamie Joe
Richards, Rodel
Roles, Jack
Shashoua, Armando
Shashoua, Samuel
Skipp, Oliver William
Statham, Maxwell Louis
Sterling, Kazaiah
Tainio, Maximus Mikael
Tanganga, Japhat Manzambi
Thorpe, Elliot Morgan
Tracey, Shilow
Walker-Peters, Kyle
White, Harvey David
Whiteman, Alfie

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Britos Cabrera, Miguel Angel
Capoue, Etienne
Cathcart, Craig George*
Chalobah, Nathaniel Nyakie*
Cholevas, Chose Loint
Cleverley, Thomas William*
Deeney, Troy Matthew*
Deulofeu Lazaro, Gerard
Doucoure, Abdoulaye
Femenia Far, Francisco
Foster, Ben*
Gomes, Heurelho Da Silva
Gray, Andre Anthony*
Hughes, William James*
Janmaat, Daryl
Kabasele, Christian
Mariappa, Adrian Joseph*
Masina, Adam
Navarro, Marc
Okaka, Stefano Chuka
Pereyra, Roberto Maximiliano
Prodl, Sebastian
Sema, Ken
Success Ajayi, Isaac
Zeegelaar, Marvin Romeo Kwasie

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Adebiyi, Emmanuel
Alvarado Hoyos, Jamie Alberto
Baptiste, Dante Astor Kareem
Becerra Maya, Juan Camillo
Bennetts, Jayden
Charles, Ashley James
Dahlberg, Pontus
Eleftheriou, Andrew
Estupinan Tenorio, Pervis Josue
Fobi, Kingsley
Folivi, Michael Kwaku
Forster, Harry James
Gordon, Lewis
Hernandez Suarez, Juan Camilo
Hoskins, James Michael
Howes, Samuel Scott
Hudson, Harry Jonathan
Hutchinson, Dominic Charles
Kaikay, Yazid
Leighton, Tom Craig
Lukebakio Ngandoli, Dodi
MacLean, Ryan Thomas William
Matthews, James John
Mbaye, Mamadou
McLean Cassidy, Ryan Michael
Miller, Reece
Mukena, Joy-Richard
Mullings, Michael Koray
Penaranda Maestre, Adalberto
Pereira, Dion Enrico
Phillips, Daniel Shaquille Jabari
Quina, Domingos
Sanders, Kai Sidney
Santana Ferreira, Matheus Henrique
Segura Portocarrero, Jorge Andres
Sesay, Samuel Santigie
Sibo, Kwasi
Suarez Charris, Luis Javier
Suckling, Ryan George
Tricker, Ben
Velasquez Reyes, Williams Daniel
Wilmot, Benjamin Lewis

West Ham United
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Antonio, Michail Gregory*
Arnautovic, Marko
Balbuena Gonzalez, Fabian Cornelio
Carroll, Andrew Thomas*
Cresswell, Aaron*
Fabianski, Lukasz
Fredericks, Ryan*
Hernandez Balcazar, Javier
Lanzini, Manuel
Makasi, Kusu Moses*
Masuaku Kawela, Fuka-Arthur
Noble, Mark James*
Obiang Avomo, Pedro Mba
Ogbonna, Obinze Angelo
Pereira Gomes, Felipe Anderson
Perez, Lucas
Reid, Winston Wiremu
San Miguel Del Castillo, Adrian
Sanchez Moreno, Carlos Alberto
Snodgrass, Robert
Wilshere, Jack Andrew*
Yarmolenko, Andrii
Zabaleta Girod, Pablo Javier

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Adarkwa, Sean Jordan
Afolayan, Oladapo Joshua
Akinola, Olatunji Oluwasehun
Alese, Ajibola
Anang, Joseph Tetteh
Appiah-Forson, Keenan
Ashby, Harrison
Barrett, Mason
Belic, Kristijan
Browne, Marcus Alexander
Caiger, Samuel Alfie
Chesters, Daniel Peter
Costa Da Rosa, Bernardo
Coventry, Conor
Dalipi, Kevin
Diangana, Grady
Diop, Issa Laye Lucas Jean
El Mhassani, Anouar
Giddings, Jake Patrick Moy
Greenidge, William Winston
Haksabanovic, Sead
Hannam, Reece Phillip Peter
Hector-Ingram, Jahmal Justin
Holland, Nathan Elliot
Jinadu, Daniel Oluwagbolade
Johnson, Benjamin
Kemp, Daniel
Lewis, Alfie
Longelo Mbule, Emmanuel
Martinez Lopez, Antonio
McGeachy, Kyle James
Mingi, Jade Jay
Nascimento Da Costa E Silva, Alexandre
Nebyla, Sebastian
Neufville, Vashon
Ngakia, Jeremy
Nsumbu, Samuel
Okotcha, Joshua
Oxford, Reece Joel
Parkes, Veron Brandon
Pask, Joshua David
Peake, Lennon
Powell, Joe
Rice, Declan
Samuelsen, Martin
Scully, Anthony Richard
Spyridis, Odysseas
Stroud, Peter Forrest
Sylvestre, Noha
Trott, Nathan Wallace Newman
Watson, Louie Shaun

Wolverhampton Wanderers
25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Bennett, Ryan*
Boly, Willy-Arnaud Zobo
Bonatini Lohner Maia, Leonardo
Castro Otto, Jonathan
Coady, Conor David*
Dendoncker, Leander
Doherty, Matthew James*
Dos Santos Patricio, Rui Pedro
Hause, Kortney Paul Duncan*
Iorfa, Dominic*
Iria Santos Moutinho, Joao Filipe
Jimenez Rodriguez, Raul Alonso
Neves Abreu Cavaleiro, Ivan Ricardo
Norris, William James*
Ruddy, John Thomas Gordon*
Saiss, Romain Ghanem Paul
Sousa de Azevedo E Costa, Helder Wander
Teixeira da Silva, Diogo Jose
Traore Diarra, Adama

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Abbey, Jediael Yeboah
Ashley-Seal, Bernard Patrick
Beasley, Harry Alexander
Beltramini Alvarez, Adrian
Berkoe, Kevin
Caiado Vaz Dias, Joao
Collins, Aaron Graham John
Crabtree, Aaron
Csoka, Daniel
Cundle, Luke James
Da Silva Nascimento Vinagre, Ruben Goncalo
Da Silva Neves, Ruben Diogo
Deslandes, Sylvain Boris Nabil
Diallo, Sadou
Ennis, Niall Nathan Michael
Enobakhare, Bright
Gibbs-White, Morgan Anthony
Giles, Ryan John
Goodliffe, Ben David
Harris-Sealy, Andrew Jay
Hayden, Aaron Edward-George
He, Zhenyu
Herc, Christian
Heredia Fontana, Carlos
John, Cameron Bradley
Johnson, Connor William
Kilman, Maximilian
Kitolano, John Shuguto
Lattie, Diego Omar
Leak, Ryan David
McKenna, Daniel
Mir Vincente, Rafael
Molberg, Alexander Kert
Neto Hanne, Boubacar Rafael
Neves Alves, Paulo Manuel
O’Sullivan, Ray
Otasowie, Ebeguowen
Pardington, James
Parker, Todd William
Pereira Goncalves, Pedro Antonio
Perry, Taylor
Randall-Hurren, William
Rasmussen, Oskar Buur
Ronan, Connor Patrick
Ruddy, John Robert
Samuels, Austin Jordan
Sanderson, Dion Dannie Leonard
Sauvage, Enzo Claude
Seedorf, Sherwin
Simpson, Aaron
Smith, Jackson
Sondergaard, Andreas
Stevenson, Ben Edward
Taylor, Terence
Thompson, Callum Niall
Townsend, Taylor
Watt, Elliot William
Wilson, Donovan Junior

New fan’s guide to finding favorite Premier League club


Must read preface: For several years on my own site and then on a Western New York soccer blog, I gave prospective fans of the Premier League a guide to choose a team. In no way do I claim to give anything other than an opinionated overview that I believe to be a fair representation of clubs whose history far outlives even my fandom of the beautiful game. And as time goes on, this is less and less a necessity. We are talking about the biggest league in the world, after all.

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I received continued requests for an updated version of this guide during last season’s wild Manchester City ride, and the fact remains that people need to know what they are getting into, as I know personally of a fan or two now attached to insufferable clubs. ‘They’ had no idea that their love for a brown ale or clever nickname would lead to a lifetime of supporter misery. And now ‘they’ have got to twice watch their beloved club, massive as it is, flub its way to the second tier. Again, just what I’ve heard from ‘them’.

I almost always advocate choosing a club that isn’t already a giant because that’s my background as a proud Buffalonian, but do what feels right. Maybe you’re a Lakers or Patriots fan who enjoys feeding off the hate of others. By all means, continue onward!

So without further ado, I submit to you my 2018-19 beginners guide to selecting a Premier League team. For each team, we’ll let you know which Americans are on their team — if any — who their fans tend to hate, and give a very loose comparison to American professional teams.

1. Arsenal
Last championship: 2003-04
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Gunners
Location: London
American players: Gedion Zelalem
Biggest rivals: Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester United
Comparison: New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers

The good news, if you choose Arsenal, is that you’ll have so much company. Arsenal is the most-supported team in these here United States of America, and their passionate fan base is almost impossible to miss. They have a massive celebrity supporter base, too, from Idris Elba to Prince Harry, Steve Earle to Jay-Z, there’s a bountiful group of fancy fans.

There’s some magic to the club, for sure, and it’s been some time since the Gunners were a genuine contender for the crown. With a new coach for the first time in ages, plenty of high-flying attackers, and status as second-best to their long-time rival Tottenham, there’s intrigue at Arsenal and a new fan wouldn’t be a bandwagon jumper.

2. Bournemouth
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 4/27 (Return: 2015-16)
Nickname: Cherries
Location: Bournemouth, Dorset
American players: Emerson Hyndman (on loan to Hibernian)
Biggest rivals: Southampton
Comparisons: Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Lightning

Eddie Howe has done with this club to get them to the Premier League and keep them there is amazing. Chairman Jeff Mostyn kept the team from administration with his own money, and engineered one of the biggest rises in English soccer history. They’ve legitimately invested in players, and are yet to succumb to expectations of eventual relegation.

Plus, the South Coast seems like a lovely place to visit, and heir crest is a man heading the ball incorrectly, unless of course the Cherries player is clearing the ball backwards from danger. Which, good on him. Safety first.

3. Brighton and Hove Albion
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 6/27 (Return: 2017-18)
Nickname: Gulls
Location: Falmer, East Sussex
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Crystal Palace
Comparisons: Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Rams

Decades of irrelevance nearly saw the club dip into the fourth-tier and, perhaps, serious trouble of disappearing into the abyss. Their rise back to the Premier League is nothing short of inspiring, and manager Chris Hughton‘s steady hand has been key in building a base for something special. Now with strong goalkeeper Mathew Ryan, fearsome attacker Pascal Gross, and one of the most intriguing young talents in the world (Alireza Jahanbakhsh), the Gulls are a sneaky good pick to become a PL mainstay.

Pascal Gross (Getty Images)

4. Burnley
Last championship: 1959-60
Years in Premier League: 5/27 (Return: 2016-17)
Nickname: Clarets
Location: Burnley, Lancashire
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Blackburn Rovers, Preston North End
Comparisons: Pittsburgh Pirates, Calgary Flames

Manager Sean Dyche is legitimately terrifying, and the Clarets are in the midst of perhaps their greatest adventure after punching way about their weight in order to qualify for the Europa League.

Burnley is still not a favorite to stick around the Premier League for long, but those odds become shorter and shorter with every passing year (especially with the UEL run). That’s lovely stuff. Joe Posnanski wrote a story on Burnley the last time they were promoted. It was called “David and Goliath and Burnley”. Read it here.

5. Cardiff City
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 2/27 (Return: 2018-19)
Nickname: Bluebirds
Location: Cardiff, Wales
American players: Backup goalkeeper Chris Konopka
Biggest rivals: Swansea City, Bristol City
Comparisons: Ottawa Senators, Miami Marlins

The Premier League was deprived of one of the best rivalries in sports when Swansea City was relegated in the same season that Cardiff climbed into the top flight. The only Welsh club in the league, Cardiff is owned by eccentric owner Vincent Tan (who once found it wise to change the team’s primary colors to red because he felt it contained more power. That didn’t pay off). Manager Neil Warnock has promoted loads of clubs to the top flight, but it will be a minor miracle if the Bluebirds survive in their second bid for PL safety.

6. Chelsea
Last championship: 2016-17
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Blues
Location: London
American players: Matt Miazga (on loan to Nantes), Kyle Scott (on loan to Telstar)
Biggest rivals: Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Fulham, Millwall
Comparison: Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Redskins

A simply massive club with loads of accolades and glory — not to mention a combustible, deep-pocketed owner in a big, big city — Chelsea’s players again failed a title-winning manager when they slipped out of the Top Four under Antonio Conte last season.

New boss Maurizio Sarri has a treasure trove of talent at Stamford Bridge, and the Londoners have as good a chance as anyone to compete for titles and cups on a year-in, year-out basis.

7. Crystal Palace
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 10/27
Nickname: Eagles, Glaziers
Location: London
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Brighton & Hove Albion, Charlton Athletic, Millwall, Wimbledon
Comparisons: Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Saints

Palace is a truly intriguing option due to incredible fans and their status as a real working-class London club. Plus, the Eagles have flair and work rate in their club. Exceptional talent Wilfried Zaha has stuck around for another season, and manager Roy Hodgson is a respected statesman of the game. It only takes one broadcast of a home match, and a pregame chorus of “Glad All Over” complete with a freaking eagle flying onto the pitch to inspire you to think Palace could be the club for you.

8. Everton
Last championship: 1986-87
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Toffees, The School of Science
Location: Liverpool
American players: Antonee Robinson (on loan to Wigan Athletic)
Biggest rivals: Liverpool
Comparison: Boston Bruins, Denver Broncos

Everton gives you the ability to back a team with proud history, and a team involved in one of the best rivalries in sports (The Merseyside Derby with Liverpool). The team has not been afraid to spend to bring exciting talent like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison, and also possesses one of the heroes of England’s World Cup run in goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. The additions of Yerry Mina from Barcelona and loanee Kurt Zouma from Chelsea mean the Toffees may be primed to surge high up the table, and the club is one that prides itself on its status in the community, too. A lot to like here.

9. Fulham
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 14/27 (Return: 2018-19)
Nickname: Cottagers
Location: West London
American players: Tim Ream, Luca De La Torre
Biggest rivals: Chelsea, QPR, Brentford, Crystal Palace
Comparisons: Chicago Bears, Nashville Predators

This one’s easy: Fulham is located in London, and counts two of its best all-time players as American in the forms of Clint Dempsey and Brian McBride. It currently has two American players, is owned by NFL owner Shahid Khan, and was once dubbed Fulhamerica for its many U.S. talents (including Carlos Bocanegra, Eddie Lewis, Kasey Keller, and Eddie Johnson). Plus, stadium quirk alert:

(Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

10. Huddersfield Town
Last championship: 1923-24
Years in Premier League: 2/27 (Return: 2017-18)
Nickname: The Terriers
Location: Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
American players: Danny Williams
Biggest rivals: Leeds United, Bradford City
Comparisons: Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Bucks

At the ripe old age of 109, the Terriers are in their second year back in the top flight. Well, that’s a little misleading because Town was not even nicknamed the Terriers when it was winning titles in the early part of the 20th century. The blue-and-white striped Town is an underdog story, and is still considered a strong candidate to dip back into the second tier. But what good is life without an underdog story? And, oh yeah, their manager David Wagner was capped by the United States men’s national team.

11. Leicester City
Last championship: 2015-16
Years in Premier League: 13/27
Nickname: Foxes
Location: Leicester
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Nottingham Forest, Derby County, Coventry City
Comparison: Seattle Seahawks, New Jersey Devils

You could hate sports, and you’d have heard of Leicester City’s title season. The most unlikely championship story in history, with castaway players and a forgotten manager rising up to claim the Premier League crown from the richest of the rich. I can’t tell you not to root for the Foxes, though I also wouldn’t bet on them repeating the glory. It’s a little tricky to slide into the fan base of a team which has almost certainly had its most memorable moment it could possibly achieve, but such is life. Foxes is a great nickname, blue is a solid color, and Kasper Schmeichel is a wonderful goalkeeper.

12. Liverpool

Last championship: 1989-90
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Reds
Location: Liverpool
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Everton, Manchester United
Comparison: Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Flyers

Superstar players? Check. Intense, fascinating manager? Check. Title-winning history you can brag (and brag and brag) about? Check. Still plenty of misery to feel like you’re somehow an underdog? Check. No wonder American fans have seemingly flocked to the Anfield set, which is a legitimate threat to win the Premier League. With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane (amongst others), you’re guaranteed excitement even if the defense doesn’t hold up (and it seems like it might do that, anyway).

13. Manchester City
Last championship: 2017-18
Years in Premier League: 22/27
Nickname: Citizens
Location: Manchester
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Manchester United
Comparison: Dallas Mavericks, L.A. Angels, Golden State Warriors

Some folks will tell you that you can’t support Man City because they’re a club that’s done all their recent winning on the backs of incredible investment from deep-pocketed owners, but as time goes on we’re learning they were an early adopter of emptying banks in pursuit of shiny things.

Still, City has spent crazy money, and is now doing so under the title-winning reign of managerial mastermind Pep Guardiola. Plus, you’ll love the same team as Noel and Liam Gallagher, and their banter game is, generally speaking, top notch.

Noel Gallagher speaks to Pep Guardiola (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

14. Manchester United
Last championship: 2012-13
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Red Devils
Location: Manchester
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Liverpool, Leeds United, Manchester City
Comparison: New York Yankees, Montreal Canadiens, New England Patriots

A little shine came off United when it struggled to keep up legendary manager Alex Ferguson’s lofty standards once the Scottish coach left the team. But United has spent almost as much money as any club on Earth and should never, ever be considered anything but a favorite with the biggest financial influence in the game. Now with vilified but brilliant manager Jose Mourinho and status as a power with hunger to reclaim its throne, Manchester United can get back to seriously contending for any trophy in the world. And you can sort of feel like you aren’t jumping on any sort of bandwagon.

15. Newcastle United
Last championship: 1926-27
Years in Premier League: 24/27 (Return: 2017-18)
Nickname: The Magpies
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
American players: DeAndre Yedlin
Biggest rivals: Sunderland, Middlesbrough
Comparisons: Buffalo Bills, New York Knicks (if they weren’t in NYC)

A blue-collar fan base which has supported its club through thick and thin, but hasn’t hesitated to protest when it’s being run into the ground? There’s something very American sports about Newcastle United, which has achieved glory in its time but has been waiting on more silverware for better than a half century. Its penny-pinching owner has been less than honest about his intent to spend money, and hasn’t broken his transfer record in 15 years while every other club in the top flight is doing so with relatively frequency. Its current boss is one of the most celebrated in modern football, Rafa Benitez, and its players are hoping to again punch above their weight. You could do worse.

16. Southampton
Last championship: N/A
Years in Premier League: 20/27
Nickname: Saints
Location: Southampton
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Portsmouth, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bournemouth
Comparison: St. Louis Blues, Oakland Athletics

Saints have a whole lot of “Moneyball” to their program, and chairman Ralph Krueger literally wrote books on leadership. The ex-NHL coach is an incredibly impressive man, and the way Southampton has replaced assets with cheaper assets is admirable. With one of the best young programs in the world, pound-for-pound, and a certain bit of magic around St Mary’s (their home ground) you could, like Newcastle, do worse than Southampton.

17. Tottenham Hotspur
Last championship: 1960-61
Years in Premier League: 27/27
Nickname: Spurs
Location: London
American players: Cameron Carter-Vickers
Biggest rivals: Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham
Comparison: Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Cowboys

Spurs are a good team to pick. They have an awesome name, an inventive manager and a cool-albeit-goofy logo. They also play in London, which is nice for tourism reasons. The Tottenham-Arsenal rivalry is also excellent, so it’s a good bet for vitriol as well.

Spurs also have a ton of extremely likable and/or exciting players, and have surged into the UEFA Champions League. The players are strong and deep, with superstar striker Harry Kane and Danish wizard Christian Eriksen. There’s also terrific French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. There’s really a terrific tradition at the North London club and perhaps they’ve moved from being “so close” to being truly elite again.

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

18. Watford
Last championship: Never
Years in Premier League: 6/27 (Return: 2015-16)
Nickname: Hornets
Location: Hertfordshire
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Luton Town
Comparisons: Colorado Avalanche, Cincinnati Reds

Sir Elton John’s favorite club, this is a side that once gave USMNT star Jay DeMerit a shot… and he ended up their captain. Watford is neither swimming in expectation nor consistency, but have avoided relegation for three-consecutive seasons.

19. West Ham United
Last championship: N/A
Years in Premier League: 23/27
Nickname: Hammers, the Irons
Location: London
American players: None
Biggest rivals: Millwall, Leyton Orient
Comparison: Brooklyn Nets, Oakland Raiders

West Ham United has a lot of money, a new stadium, and an incredibly deep team given its relative lack of big stage success in recent years. There is every reason to believe West Ham is primed to surge into annual contention for UEFA Champions League places and, given their city and backing, you could be getting on board with a next level club while they’re still an underdog story (of sorts). That said, the Irons have underachieved in recent seasons and dealt with eye-popping fan protests last seasons, which is not nice.

20. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Last championship: 1958-59
Years in Premier League: 5/27 (Return: 2018-19)
Nickname: Wolves
Location: Wolverhampton, West Midlands
American players: None
Biggest rivals: West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa, Birmingham City
Comparison: Houston Astros, Buffalo Sabres

There’s a real upward trend here, as Wolves have spent big in recent seasons and that didn’t end with their promotion to the Premier League. A super Portuguese bent to the team sees stars Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, and Rui Patricio joining promising manager Nuno Espirito Santo in a bid to not just survive in the Premier League, but become a power.