One short of Premier League quota, Chelsea’s squad list consist of 24 players in total.
On Friday Chelsea released its updated premier League players list for domestic English competitions. Just like any other Premier League side, Chelsea must comply with homegrown players regulations. Every team are bound to have at least 8 players of this type. The ‘homegrown’ tag means a player must spend 36 months or more in England before his 21st birthday.
Gonzalo Higuain has been added while Alvaro Morata has been removed from the squad list whereas Callum Hudson-Odoi has been registered on the Under-21 list.
Senior squad (* means the player is home-grown)
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Willy, Caballero, Robert Green*.
Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill*, Andreas Christensen*, David Luiz, Emerson, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta.
Midfielders: Ross Barkley*, Danny Drinkwater*, Jorginho, N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek*, Marco Van Ginkel.
Forwards: Willian, Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Gonzalo Higuain, Lucas Piazon*, Pedro.
Despite featuring in several first-team Chelsea games this season, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu have been registered on the Under-21 players list. They are still free to play for the Blues if selected by Maurizio Sarri, though.
This is how fans reacted to the updates list:
Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of Chelsea’s two great academy players currently (the other being Ethan Ampadu). Hudson-Odoi has dominated at youth levels and has shown a great deal of promise in the first team. Sarri has barely taken a look at him since preseason. Furthermore, According to Chelsea Hudson-Odoi needs to prove his potential yet and can be used in a senior squad whenever necessary.