Hammers need to balance squad

4 Jul, 2023
written by Sean Whetstone

West Ham will need to balance a squad of 25 players over the age of twenty one with seven required to be classed as home grown.

The Hammers will need to publish their list to the Premier League in September after the transfer window shuts.

Excluding Declan Rice West Ham will have a squad of twenty one senior players below.

Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski, Alphonse Areola, Joseph Anang

Defenders: Vladimir Coufal, Ben Johnson, Kurt Zouma, Thilo Kehrer, Angelo Ogbonna, Nayef Aguerd, Aaron Cresswell, Emerson

Midfielders: Tomas Soucek, Flynn Downes, Jarrod Bowen, Lucas Paqueta, Said Benrahma, Maxwel Cornet, Pablo Fornals

Strikers: Michail Antonio, Danny Ings, Gianluca Scamacca

Currently six of these are classed as homegrown players which would restrict the squad to a maximum of 24 next season as it stands.

Jarrod Bowen, Michail Antonio, Aaron Cresswell, Flynn Downes, Danny Ings and Ben Johnson are the home grown players.

Four of those have been rumoured for departure which could cause further challenges.

David Moyes could add Conor Coventry to the squad to bring the number of home grown players to seven but West Ham are sure to dip into the market for for at least one home grown player in assumption Ben Johnson departs at minimum.

The Hammers relied on Darren Randolph, Craig Dawson and Declan Rice to make up their quota last September


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