Chelsea supporters have taken to social media and are reacting to the club’s surprising decision regarding Petr Cech.
Premier League clubs were required to name a squad of 25-players by 2pm today.
Within that 25, eight must be homegrown, and clubs are only permitted to select a maximum of 17 foreign players, but there are no limits on the number of under-21 players which can be used by clubs throughout the season.
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The Premier League describes a homegrown player as someone a player who “irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Welsh FA for a period of three seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday”.
If a team doesn’t have enough homegrown players then they must reduce their squad to accommodate the amount of missing homegrown players, or fill the shortfall by naming an Under-21 player instead.
For Chelsea, the usual suspects such as N’Golo Kante, Jorginho, Christian Pulisic, and Mateo Kovacic have all been named in the squad.
As have summer signings Thiago Silva, Timo Werner, Edouard Mendy, Ben Chilwell, and Hakim Ziyech.
Kai Havertz has been named among the under-21 players alongside the likes of Mason Mount, Billy Gilmour, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
However, the big surprise is that Petr Cech has also been included and it’s not an administrative error.
“Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover,” a Chelsea spokesman said. “This is a precautionary step due to the unprecedented conditions currently caused by the Covid-19 crisis. He takes up a position as a non-contract player.”
Cech’s inclusion has prompted a massive reaction on social media.
Take a look at what’s been said on Twitter…