Why Dejan Kulusevski will be one of three key changes to Tottenham’s 2022/23 Premier League squad

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham squad will look slightly different as the 2022/23 Premier League season begins, with a number of arrivals and departures expected to take place in N17. Football’s chief executive Fabio Paratici was very busy 12 months ago bringing in some fresh faces and changing some veteran players to give the Spurs squad a much-needed refresh.

However, a few months into the campaign it was clear that the Lilywhites had a lot more to do in the transfer market. Rodrigo Bentancur and Dejan Kulusevski duly followed from Juventus on the final day of the January transfer window, both playing key roles in the team’s transformation and securing a Champions League spot for next season.

Adding more experience to the ranks will be crucial for Tottenham to continue their recent progress. Ivan Perisic’s forthcoming arrival on a free transfer will hopefully help Spurs take them to the next level. With more to come, Tottenham’s squad for next season could look very different from the one that ended the season with a 5-0 triumph at Norwich City.

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As always, once the summer transfer window closes on Thursday 1 September, Premier League teams will have to come up with a 25-man squad for the season. The rules state that no more than 17 foreign players can be named as part of the squad, with the remaining eight spots available for local players.

Teams also nominate a separate Under-21 list for the season, which in turn fills gaps in many clubs’ 25-man squads as Under-21 players do not have to feature on the main list. After the transfer market closed in January, Tottenham had five vacancies in their 25-man squad after submitting just 20 names (12 non-own, eight homegrown), not including the likes of Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skipp and Kulusevski and instead on the U21 list.

This is because, according to Premier League rules: “An Under-21 player is defined as someone who is under 21 on 1 January of the year in which the season begins. Under-21 players are eligible beyond the limit of 25 players per squad. For the 2021/22 season, U21 players must have been born on or after January 1, 2000.”

For the 2022–23 season, Under-21 players had to be born on or after 1 January 2001, meaning that Sessegnon, Skipp and Kulusevski can no longer be included in the Under-21 list due to their respective birthdates all before the above Date. The trio must instead be named as part of Tottenham’s 25-man party, leaving Conte and Paratici with some decisions to make given the potential additions.

Skipp and Sessegnon will help Tottenham in terms of their home numbers, especially as the likes of Joe Rodon and Harry Winks could move – either on loan or permanently. Kulusevski will then be added to the non-homegrown list, something that has caused a lot of headaches for the club in the past due to the different rules in both the Premier League and European competition.

While Spurs appear to be in a good position in terms of non-native numbers in the league, having called up just 12 in their 20-man Premier League squad in February, it is their squad for the Champions League where Problems can arise as Rodon, Ben Davies and Matt Doherty don’t qualify as locally trained in European competition but they do when it comes to the Premier League.

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