Why Chelsea Have Omitted Lavia, Palmer, Colwill From Premier League Squad List

Why Chelsea Have Omitted Lavia, Palmer, Colwill From Premier League Squad List

Martin Moses
September 14, 2023 at 6:34 AM
  • Chelsea submitted their main squad for the first part of the 2023/2024 Premier League season
  • There were notable absentees, with the likes of Cole Palmer and Romeo Lavia missing out
  • Summer arrivals Nicolas Jackson and Moises Caicedo headline Team A list

Chelsea joined the rest of the English Premier League clubs in submitting no more than a 25-man squad list for registration for the first part of the 2023/2024 campaign.

The clubs had until Wednesday, September 13, to submit their squads ahead of the resumption from the international break this weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea, Cole Palmer, Romeo Lavia
Chelsea Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino oversees a training session on September 12. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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The Blues have been the heaviest spenders since the current owners took over last summer. This year alone has seen more than 15 new players arrive, with a good number leaving as well.

The turnover means that Mauricio Pochettino's side submitted a new-look side that will seek to rectify the wrongs of last season, where they finished 12th after swapping managers four times.

New signings Moises Caicedo, Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku, who is currently sidelined with injury, lead the squad list. The list, according to Premier League rules, must contain no more than 17 overseas players, with eight spots reserved for homegrown players.

Why some players have not been included

Afterwards, the club registers players who are not yet 21 years of age separately in the U21 list who can still be called up for Premier League duty. For this season, players born after January 1 2002, are not part of the Team A squad.

This explains why expected first-teamers like Cole Palmer, Carney Chukwuemeka, Levi Colwill and Romeo Lavia were missing from the main squad with their names featuring on the U21's list.

Chelsea's full Team A list

Robert Sanchez, Djordje Petrovic, Marcus Bettinelli*, Trevoh Chalobah*, Jamie Cummming*, Benoît Badiashile, Wesley Fofana, Axel Disasi, Thiago Silva, Marc Cucurella, Ben Chilwell*, Reece James*, Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo, Conor Gallagher*, Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling*, Nicolas Jackson, Armando Broja*, Noni Madueke*, Christopher Nkunku

*Denotes a homegrown player

Chelsea will be back in action this weekend when they face Bournemouth. Pochettino has endured a tough start to life in West London, winning only once in his first four games in charge in the league. They, ironically, currently sit 12th in the Premier League Standings.

Chelsea make Trevoh Chalobah decision

Chelsea have reportedly made a brutal decision over the future of Trevoh Chalobah after the midfielder allegedly declined to leave the club on transfer Deadline Day.

Sports Brief reported that the Blues have been undergoing a radical transformation since the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino, with the club offloading a number of key players during the summer transfer window.

Chalobah is understood to have been one of the other players earmarked for sale, with a Deadline Day move mooted.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)
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