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Marwood no fan of Premier League's 25 man squad rule

Manchester City's football administrator Brian Marwood believes the Premier League's 25-man rule works against the development of young players. A new rule this season means England's top-flight clubs must name a 25-man squad for the first part of the season. The list must be finalised after the summer transfer window closes next week.

Managers will then draw their squads from this 25-man party, which can not be changed until the January transfer window.

The rules state that the squad must contain at least eight 'home-grown' players, with that term meaning they have spent three years at an English or Welsh club between the ages of 16 and 21.

But City's football administrator Marwood explained: "I think football needs to think very carefully about the 25-man squad.

"You have to keep your best under-21 players but ideally you'd like to get them loan experience.

"However, clubs will be frightened to do that if they lose players through injuries and suspensions.

"That will create problems. I'm not a big fan personally of how this is going to play out.

"For 18 to 21-year-olds we need to be better in terms of how we develop those players. Are we prohibiting them?"

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