The 25-man Premier League squad ruling was designed to benefit the development of English youngsters by requiring clubs to include several homegrown youngsters on their list of eligible players. However, it has become apparent that the initiative has instead had a rather negative effect on the development of some players, with clubs often deciding to sell or release youngsters who haven’t made an impression on the senior side by the time they turn 21.
For the 2014/15 season those born in 1992 will be classed as “senior” players, meaning that Jack Wilshere, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell, Damian Martinez, Ryo Miyaichi, Ignasi Miquel and Samuel Galindo would need to be included in the squad if they are to be eligible to feature for the club in the Premier League.
Wilshere and Jenkinson, as established members of the first-team squad, will certainly be included, whilst Miquel and Martinez could also take up a space should they impress during pre-season, with the latter hoping to capitalise on the recent departures of Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano. Campbell also looks set to be named, especially following his impressive performances for Costa Rica at the World Cup off the back of his spell at Olympiacos last season.
For Ryo and Galindo, however, this Summer could spell the end of their respective Arsenal careers. Ryo hasn’t developed as had been hoped when he arrived at the club three years ago and has struggled to replicate the impressive form that he demonstrated on loan at Feyenoord. Once he recovers from his latest injury setback, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Japanese winger leave on a permanent basis, especially as his contract expires next year.
Galindo, meanwhile, seems set to leave Arsenal without having come close to representing the first-team. The Bolivian international didn’t play any competitive football throughout the whole of last season after a proposed loan move to Colorado Rapids broke down. After four unsuccessful loan spells, Galindo’s Arsenal career could come to an end before it had really begun.
There remains a possibility that Arsenal could retain Ryo and Galindo and only use them in cup competitions, but for the sake of the development of both players, it would be preferable to allow them to leave permanently.
At present, if Ryo and Galindo were to be included, there would be just one remaining space in Arsenal’s Premier League squad, which would not be sufficient if the club make several senior signings this Summer.