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With the start of the new Premier League season fast approaching, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have to make some big decisions over his squad.
The Blues will take on Barcelona on Tuesday, before matches at Reading, RB Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach and Lampard will have to use these games to make a decision on his squad.
Lampard currently has 18 non-homegrown players in his first-team squad and he must cut one player out of the squad before the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford next month.
The Premier League only allows 17 non-homegrown players over the age of 21 to be registered.
The Premier League rule reads: “The 25-man Premier League squad list must include no more than 17 ‘non-homegrown’ players over the age of 21. ‘Homegrown’ players are defined as those who irrespective of nationality or age, have been registered with any club affiliated to the FA or Welsh FA for a period of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to their 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which they turn 21).
“Players classed as under 21 (born on or after 1 January 1998 in the case of the 2019-20 season) may supplement the squad.”
The 18 non-homegrown players currently in Lampard’s squad include:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy Caballero
Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Emerson Palmieri, Davide Zappacosta, Kurt Zouma, Antonio Rudiger.
Midfielders: Tiemoue Bakayoko, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic.
Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Olivier Giroud, Kenedy, Pedro, Willian.
Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic isn’t on the list because he is under 21.
The two players in danger of missing out on Lampard’s final team selection are Kenedy and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
Which player should Lampard keep?