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I heard recently from a friend that we're signing Middlesbrough winger Adam Johnson at the end of the season. Another young English player but if he does sign then will he play?

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Juni   

Approving this because it's been linked quite often in the media, even though there's no link in the OP.

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The problem I see with this signing is with the new "homegrown" squad caps coming up next season.

We are already over the quota with foreigners, so if Adam Johnson comes in, he will occupy one of the 4 "Association Trained" slots.

At the moment, the 4 slots are occupied by: Lampard, Ashley Cole, Joe Cole, Ross Turnbull

We will have to drop one of them from next season's squad in order to bring in Adam Johnson. Obviously not going to be Lampard or Ashley Cole... Joe Cole possible if he doesn't sign a new contract. Ross Turnbull? Possible, but then we'll need to rely on a youth player as our 3rd goalkeeper.

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hanuma   

We don't have to drop one of our association trained players, there isn't a maximum cap on how many of those are allowed in the squad. Only a minimum. Unless something has gone truly mental somewhere.

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We don't have to drop one of our association trained players, there isn't a maximum cap on how many of those are allowed in the squad. Only a minimum. Unless something has gone truly mental somewhere.

Technically the cap is 21 association-trained players, because 4 of the 25 slots on the squad are reserved for club-trained players.

4 is just a soft-cap. You can have more than 4 association-trained players, but each player over 4 will eat into the maximum allocation of 17 foreign-trained players in the squad. So to accommodate Adam Johnson, we have to kick out either an association trained player or a foreign trained player.

Maybe he can't be much worse than Kalou...

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hanuma   
So to accommodate Adam Johnson, we have to kick out either an association trained player or a foreign trained player.

Maybe he can't be much worse than Kalou...

You're overthinking this. His nationality/training means nothing, other than potentially being useful for ensuring we don't get a squad cap penalty in European competition. That there will be a 25man squad cap means anyone we buy is likely to lead to someone else going, however in terms of fully fledged regular first teamers we currently have 22 players. The rest are kids, reserves, loanees etc. and they are the ones likely to be challenged by any such purchase.

Cech/Hilario/TB - Bos/Paulo - Riccy/Brano - JT/Alex - Ash/Yuri - Obi/Ess/Balla/Lamps/Deco - Flo/Joe/ - Nic/DD/Studge/Sala

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hanuma   

Indeed... goodbye Belletti :(

Woops, sorry, mistake on my part, was going to include him as a midfielder but forgot. So 23 players, then youngsters/loanees etc.

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