Why Spurs have to make major squad adjustments this summer

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Mauricio Pochettino might be eager to make changes having seen the squad at White Hart Lane, but it's also necessary for him to do.

Tottenham will likely have to make major sales in the summer if they want to bring in any foreign stars.

Spurs have seventeen foreign players on their books, the current maximum allowed under Premier League guidelines.

Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue, Cristian Ceballos, Nacer Chadli, Vlad Chiriches, Moussa Dembele, Christian Eriksen, Federico Fazio, Brad Friedel, Younes Kaboul, Erik Lamela, Hugo Lloris, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, Benjamin Stambouli, Jan Vertonghen and Michel Vorm are the registered players that don't qualify as homegrown at White Hart Lane.

The club will already have to sell one from that group if they want to bring in another player that hasn't spent three years between the age of 16 and 21 in the English football system.

But things could get a lot worse if FA chairman Greg Dyke's new homegrown rules are implemented.

Dykes's proposal will see that limit of non-homegrown players lowered to thirteen, meaning that four of those above will have to leave.

Additionally, the rules for homegrown players will change, meaning that players will have to have been at a club since the age of 15 to qualify as homegrown, regardless of their nationality. It means the likes of Nabil Bentaleb can not be included on that list despite him rising to the first team from the Spurs academy.

Spurs will not have any problem with the proposed rule that demands that at least two of the 12 homegrown players come through the academy, with the likes of Ryan Mason, Harry Kane and Andros Townsend all first-team regulars.

What is a problem though is that, several of the squad's players that didn't have to be registered because they were 21 or younger this season, have naturally turned a year older.

Ben Davies and Harry Kane as well as Alex Pritchard will all have turned 22 by the time the new season starts, meaning they will have to be included on Tottenham's list of 25 players for the first time in order to play in the Premier League. As neither Bentaleb or defender Eric Dier turn 22 until next year, they don't need to be registered until the 2016-17 season.

Spurs submitted a squad list of 23 at the start of this season, with six homegrown players included, though two of those, Aaron Lennon and Kyle Naughton, have since departed. With no players arriving in January, it meant the North London club only registered 21 players at the end of the winter transfer window. 

Including Davies, Kane and Pritchard in the registered squads next season takes Spurs back up to 24 players, and increases their registered homegrown quota back to seven. If Lennon or Tom Carroll return to the first team after their respective loan-spells, the Tottenham squad goes to its maximum 25-player limit, with 8 homegrown players.

But this means that no foreign players can be signed unless players from the existing batch of imports are first sold. If Dyke's rules are implemented, Spurs would already have to lost four non-homegrown players as previously stated.

Tottenham aren't the only club who would have to do some juggling within their squad to make the new guidelines, with Manchester City and Chelsea already having issues ahead of next season. Luckily, if the changes Dyke has proposed are accepted, clubs will have four years to get in shape,  and during that time the prices for the very best young homegrown talent is set to soar.

With Tottenham's academy currently producing some outstanding prospects, these problems are more about the emphasis on offloading under performing foreign imports than a desperate search for homegrown players.

The likes of Paulinho, Roberto Soldao and Erik Lamela are some of the big name international imports who have disappointed, while there are also fringe players such as Cristian Ceballos and Brad Friedel at the club who will be deemed expendable.

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