Maurizio Sarri has submitted his revised Chelsea 24-man squad list for the 2018/19 season.
The Italian tactician had started life in the Premier League incredibly well and boasted an 100% winning record after the first five games – which included a 3-2 success over Arsenal in his first home game.
However, the Blues haven’t been able to maintain that high standard and are now embroiled in a race to finish in the top four alongside the Gunners and a resurgent Manchester United side.
Back in September, Sarri included new signings Jorginho, Kepa Arrizabalaga – signed for a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper – and Mateo Kovacic in his 25-man squad and they took up three non ‘Home Grown’ spots.
The rules state that each Premier League squad should have no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” criteria.
The rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be “Home Grown” and the Blues included the likes of Ross Barkley, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Victor Moses and former England goalkeeper Robert Green in order to meet the criteria.
But two of those players have dropped out of that list following the January transfer window and have since been replaced.
Moses left to join Fenerbache in an 18-month loan deal and his place in the squad has been taken by Gonzalo Higuain, who has joined for the remainder of the season from Juventus.
Chelsea also let Fabregas leave as he completed a move to AS Monaco last month as has been replaced by Marco van Ginkel in the Premier League squad.
The Dutchman hasn’t featured for the Blues since the 2013/2014 season and is currently out of action with a serious knee injury.
But it would appear he could be given a chance by Sarri to resurrect his career in west London – or put himself in the shop window for a permanent transfer in the summer.
Van Ginkel doesn’t count as a ‘Home Grown’ player but the reason why he’s eligible is because the Blues’ squad has been reduced by one following Alvaro Morata’s loan move to Atletico Madrid, thus opening up a further spot for a non-Home Grown player.
With that said, here are all of the names that are eligible to play for Chelsea during the second half of the Premier League season.
Marco van Ginkel