Eric Dier, 29, and Hugo Lloris, 37, will remain at Tottenham Hotspur after all.
Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the squad for the 2023-2024 Premier League season on the club’s website on Wednesday. “The squad is made up of a maximum of 25 players. Eight of those players must be homegrown and an unlimited number of Under-21 players may be included,” the club explained.
Spurs submitted a full 25-man roster. In addition to captain Son Heung-min, 17 non-homegrown players have been named, including Rodrigo Bentancur, Yves Bissouma, Eric Dier, Emerson Royal, Brian Hill, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Dejan Klucepski, Hugo Lloris, Giovani Lo Celso, Ivan Perisic, Pedro Foro, Hischalisson, Christian Romero, Manor Solomon, Micky van der Vaan and Guglielmo Vicario.
Eight players are homegrown. Brandon Austin, Ben Davies, Fraser Forster, Brennan Johnson, James Maddison, Ryan Sessegnon, Oliver Skip and Alfie Whiteman made the minimum roster. Homegrown status is earned by being registered with an English FA or Welsh Football Association club for at least 36 months before turning 21.아톰카지노
There were some familiar names on the Under-21 roster. Destiny Udoji and “Little Sonny” Pape Sarr are the starting left backs, along with Ashley Phillips and Alejo Belize, who joined the team this summer. They don’t occupy a 25-man roster slot, and they’ve made a big impact on Spurs’ roster.
Most notable are the names of Dyer and Yoris. It looked like both players would be saying goodbye to the Spurs, but they were named to the non-homegrown roster and will remain with the club for the 2023-2024 season. Dyer is an English national, but is not eligible for homegrown status because he grew up playing for Sporting CP in Portugal.
As a result, Spurs will not be able to sell Dyer or Yoris until the winter transfer window opens next January, at least. Dyer will join Phillips as a backup defender to Christian Romero and Mickey van der Vaart, while Yoris will be the third goalkeeper behind Guglielmo Vicario and Fraser Forster.
Yoris’ departure from Tottenham seemed like a foregone conclusion. “It’s the end of an era,” he said, “and I have aspirations for something else. I have aspirations for other things,” he said, hinting at a move. The Spurs are also reportedly planning to let him leave in free agency after more than a decade of service to the team.
Yoris had been linked to hometown club OGC Nice, Olympique Lyonnais, Lazio, and even the Saudi Arabian league. However, he turned down an offer from Nice on the final day of the transfer window, and Lazio also rejected him, citing his difficulty in playing as a first-choice goalkeeper. Tottenham allowed Yoris to miss the pre-season tour so he could focus on his transfer, and gave the captain’s armband to Son Heung-min, but it was an awkward partnership.
The same goes for Dier. He was valued under Antonio Conte and even came close to signing a three-year contract extension, but a serious slump in form towards the end of last season saw him fall out of contention altogether. After the arrival of Enzi Postecoglou, he completely fell off the radar.
Slow feet, frequent mistakes, poor judgment, and shaky build-ups landed Dier on the release list. He didn’t even play a single minute this season, losing out to Davinson Sanchez. Postecoglou even reportedly favored new arrival Ashley Phillips, a 2005-born center back, over Dyer.
Nevertheless, Dier has been vocal about staying at Tottenham. With one year left on his contract, he said: “I will stay at Tottenham. I’m 29 years old. I sincerely believe that my best days are ahead of me. I don’t just believe, I know. My good friends Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele were in their prime in their early 30s,” he declared.
There were several transfer rumors, but they all fell through. Burnley, Fulham, and Bayern Munich were among the clubs interested in Dyer. The Burnley offer was rejected by Tottenham because it was a one-season loan, and the Fulham move was rejected by Dyer himself. Munich never made an official offer, but merely expressed interest.
In the end, Dier remained at Spurs. A year later, he became a free agent and reportedly wanted to move abroad. Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy even called Dier himself to discuss a move in the final days of the transfer window, but ultimately failed to sell him.