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YOU Are The Mancio - Name Your 25 Man City Squad

When City return from the USA, an already exciting close season is set to find a dramatic edge. Roberto Mancini must now trim his squad and a sizeable player offload is on the cards...

Depending upon which hack you read or 'in the know' you have the ear of, City are poised to bring in Fernando 'Santa' Torres or 'Super' Mario Balotelli or James '30 Mill' Milner or all three of them inside the next few days.

Were those signatures to be made, The Citizens current first team squad would top the 40 mark.

Right now, with the acquisition of Aleksander Kolarov, City's squad stands at 39 with the previous season's raft of loan stars already back with us. That number must be reduced dramatically in the coming fortnight under the new Premier League 'Home Grown Player' rules and the likelihood is that we will see an unprecedented rotation of the SportCity entrance doors with a fleet of taxis arriving on Ashton New Road.

The rule change is sure to realise high profile omissions across the Premier League and some senior players may well find themselves sitting in the stands.

Outside of exceptional circumstances such as goalkeeper injuries, the 'Home Grown Player' rule can be best briefly explained as follows:

1. A Homegrown Player is defined as one who irrespective of his nationality or age has been registered with an English or Welsh club for a period of three years between his 16th and 21st Birthdays. 8 of these players must be named in a club's squad of 25 players for the league season.

2. As a result, the season will be deemed as starting at the close of this summer's transfer window until the last match of the campaign. Final Premier League 25 man squads must be registered by 5pm on 1st September and again at the end of January's transfer window.

City's squad has been under reconstruction for the best part of three years now and Roberto Mancini is close to completing the squad strengthening that he pinpointed as City completed the last season with a best ever Premier League finish.

So who's in your 25 man City squad? YOU are the suave and dapper gaffer with some axe work to do. Debate has raged in the VMC Forums over who's for the chop and with each new signing, the task becomes more difficult!

Below you will find City's current first team squad. As agents, hacks and players desperately make calls in what is sure to be a coming fire sale - loaned out frenzy of activity around Eastlands, get your calculators out and tell us who you think will be in Mancio's September Selection Box. Drop us a line here or in the VMC Forums with your 25.

Who's On Mancio's City Advent Calendar This Christmas?

1. Given
2. Taylor
3. Hart
4. Gonzales
5. Nielsen - Tranmere Loan confirmed for 6 months


6. Boateng
7. Vidal
8. Lescott
9. Boyata
10. Kolarov
11. Onuoha
12. Cunningham
13. Richards
14. Garrido
15. Bridge
16. Zabaleta
17. Logan
18. K. Toure


19. Ibrahim
20. A. Johnson
21. Silva
22. Barry
23. Vieira
24. Y. Toure
25. De Jong
26. Etuhu
27. Ireland
28. M. Johnson
29. Kompany
30. Weiss
31. Wright-Phillips


32. Adebayor
33. Bellamy
34. Caicedo
35. Jo
36. Nimely
37. Robinho
38. Santa Cruz
39. Tevez


40. Torres
41. Balotelli

Premier League Chief Executive Peter Scudamore:

"As of next season clubs will be required to have a squad named of up to 25 players, of which no more than 17 can be over the age of 21 and not home grown. The definition of home grown is trained for three years under the age of 21 by somebody in the English and Welsh professional system.

"Clubs will have to declare their 25 at the end of August when the window shuts and then again at the end of January."

"It's not in the club's interests to stockpile players. It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive. We're not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can't buy a team from abroad.

"We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team."

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday July 27 2010

Time: 2:04PM

Your Comments

Santa Cruz, Ireland, Wright-Phillips, Bellamy, Richards,Onuoha and Bridge the ones to go, most likely. Most of the other extra players are under 21, right? Don't have to be registered, then.
That being said, eight home-grown players in the squad already are Given,Taylor, Hart, Lescott, Adam Johnson, Barry, Michael Johnson,with the potential transfer of Milner yet to come. So there shouldn't be too much of a problem with the HG rule.
There are some real fans favourites in your list DS! This could be a painful fortnight!
Johnny Baguette
As it stands we've to cut our senior squad by six, the most likely IMO will be Robinho, Jo, Caceido, Etuhu, Logan and Garrido/Bridge. Balotelli won't have to be named in 25, if indeed he does come. Obviously if we sign anyone else over21 then one will have to go to make space.
Aren't the likes of Ibrahim, Weiss, Boyata and Nimely exempt due to them being U21 though? We still need to cut though.
The rule only applies to Prem games anyway so keep the lot and have different squads for 1. Prem. 2. Fa Cup. 3. Europa Cup. 4. League Cup. No problem at all.
Good point, well made jackblue. Yup, lets keep them all.
put the muppet WisWilly in your least he can clean the dressing room toilets...........
Nice angle, jack! Almost a cricketing approach!
Johnny Baguette
Right then. Here's my predicted PL named 25 which assumes those three hotly rumoured incoming signings and rumoured senior departures....I'm running with 11 Home Grown Players (H) and going for 3 keepers with 5 strikers. Hart H, Given H, Taylor H, Lescott H, Zabaleta, Boateng, Richards H,Onuoha H, Toure, Kolarov, Barry H, A Johnson H, Vieira, Y. Toure, De Jong, Kompany, SWP H, Milner H, Ireland H, Silva, Tevez, Balotelli, Adebayor, Santa Cruz, Torres....I'm guessing Crocky will stay and Bellers will go while the likes of other Academy lads either stay on or go out on loan....
Johnny Baguette
If that is our 25 JB I can't see any reason why City won't be challenging for the PL title this season.
blue world: thanks for the nomination mate - I can confirm that I am over 21 and fully house trained in the UK - if only Chelsea had any money they might have been in for me.
Here is the Squad I would choose, it dosent seem very hard to sort out at all. Those 21 and under as I understand do not count in the 25, but do correct me if I'm wrong. Goalies 1. Given 2. Taylor 3. Hart 4. Nielsen Loan 6 months but pos still get number Defenders Boateng 21 yrs Vidal 21yrs 5. Lescott Boyata 21yrs 6. Kolarov 7. Onuoha Cunningham 19 yrs 8. Richards 9. Garrido 10. Bridge 11. Zabaleta 12. K. Toure Midfielders Ibrahim 19 yrs 13. A. Johnson 14. Silva 15. Barry 16. Vieira 17. Y. Toure 18. De Jong 19. Ireland M. Johnson out till he proves fitness back pos return in jan 20. Kompany Weiss 20 yrs Forwards 21. Adebayor 22. Bellamy Nimely 19yrs 23. Robinho Santa Cruz out till fitness shown Caicedo 21 24. Tevez 25. Wright-Phillips Balotelli 19 yrs I have droped or they could be loaned or sold :- 1. S. Logan 2. Gonzales 3.Etuhu 4. Jo. I did drop Wright-Phillips but I just ******** bring myself to do it, This isn't as hard as I'd thought, simple! There are a lot more than 8 home grown players i.e 1. Taylor 2. Hart 3. Vidal? 4. Lescott 5. Boyata? 6. Onuoha 7.Cunningham 8. Richards 9. Bridge 10. Ibrahim? 11. A. Johnson 12. Barry 13. Ireland 14. M. Johnson (when fit) 15. Weiss 16.Bellamy 17. Nimely
alan h
Top work Alan! I must ask this question though, correct me if I'm wrong, but once City name their 25, then say we have an injury crisis, can any of our lads like Boyata and Ibrahim step into league competition? I know they have that exceptional circumstances rule. As Jack says, we could be looking at a four squads situation! Now that might help with injury recovery...?
Johnny Baguette
"can any of our lads like Boyata and Ibrahim step into league competition?" Yes JB, any player under21 can be used, without having to be named in the 25.
Thank feck for that! Cheers, dubster!
Johnny Baguette
It would be hilarious to have both Micah & Balotelli in the squad,you wouldnt know who's which,they look a like.
Here's my best guess of what will happen, not necessarily what i'd like to happen... Goalkeepers David Gonzales , Loan Shay Given , Squad Joe Hart , Squad Gunnar Nielsen , Sold Stuart Taylor , Squad Defenders Dedryck Boyata , under 21 Greg Cunningham , under 21 Javan Vidal , under 21 Jerome Boateng , Squad Joleon Lescott , Squad Wayne Bridge , Squad Javier Garrido , Sold Shaleum Logan , under 21 Nedum Onuoha , Squad Micah Richards , Squad Kolo Toure , Squad Pablo Zabaleta , Squad Aleksandar Kolarov , Squad Midfielders Abdisalam Ibrahim , under 21 Adam Johnson , Squad David Silva , Squad Gareth Barry , Squad Patrick Vieira , Squad Yaya Toure , Squad Nigel de Jong , Squad Kelvin Etuhu , Sold Stephen Ireland , Sold Michael Johnson , Squad Vincent Kompany , Squad Vladimir Weiss , Loan Shaun Wright-Phillips , Squad Milner , Squad Strikers Emmanuel Adebayor , Squad Craig Bellamy , Sold Felipe Caicedo , Sold J , Squad Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely , under 21 Robinho , Sold Roque Santa Cruz , Squad Carlos Tevez , Squad Mario Balotelli , under 21
Blue ponderer
Be great to see Johnno (Michael) Johnson storming back for us, Blue p, that's for sure! Interesting squad list there mate!
Johnny Baguette
Starting 11 '4231' formation, GK-Given (HG), RB-Boateng (U21), CD-Kolo, CD-kompany, LB-Kolardv, CDM-DeJong, CDM-Yaya, AMR-AJ (HG), AML-Bellers (HG), AMC-Silva, ST-Tevez, Subs (Note If we sign Milner and Balotelli then Lescot and Ireland will go on the incase of injury list), GK-Hart (HG), DF-Lescot (HG) or Balotelli (U21), DF-Micah (HG), MF-Barry (HG), MF-Ireland (HG), or Milner (HG), MF-SWP (HG), ST-Adeybayor, Squad, GK-Taylor (HG), DF-Bridge (HG), DF-Neddy (HG), DF-Zabaleta, MF-Vieira, MF-M Johnson (HG), ST-Robinho, 27 players but 2 under 21! and plenty of HG talent
U21 Unlikely to figure much GK-David Gonzales (U21) DF-Dedryck Boyata (U21 HG) DF-Greg Cunningham (U21 HG) DF-Javan Vidal (U21 HG) DF-Shaleum Logan (U21 HG) MD-Vladimir Weiss (U21 HG) MD-Abdisalam Ibrahim (U21 HG) ST-Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely (U21 HG) FOR SALE Felipe Caicedo J Robinho Roque Santa Cruz Kelvin Etuhu (U21 HG) Javier Garrido Gunnar Nielsen

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