The squad, due to the Financial Fair Play sanctions, is restricted to 21 players and is as follows:
Hart, Caballero, Sagna, Kompany, Zabaleta, Kolarov, Mangala, Clichy, Demichelis, Boyata, Fernando, Milner, Nasri, Navas, Lampard, Silva, Fernandinho, Toure, Dzeko, Aguero, Jovetic.
The names missing? John Guidetti (now with Celtic), Scott Sinclair, Richard Wright. Matija Nastasic does not need to be named by virtue of him being under-21 at the turn of the year and as such can be named in the 'B' squad.
In the 21-man squad City could only name 16 non-homegrown players, so the sale of Alvaro Negredo (do check at out Zac's piece on his departure by the way) ended any discussion on this - although I am certain given his injury he would have been the one to miss out.
I did come across an interesting tweet following the squad announcement from Daniel Geey (@fooballlaw), who raised the question whether it was right that Boyata was the only City-trained homegrown player:
City fans: is it right that City's squad only contains 1 home grown club trained player (Boyata)? http://t.co/DAANCmbGwU— Daniel Geey (@FootballLaw) September 6, 2014
I thought I would throw it out there as a discussion point during the international break and given the readership of Bitter and Blue is very much a worldwide one (especially in the comments section). So, is it right? Should it matter that not only does it appear there is a lack of homegrown players overall, but there is a lack of homegrown players brought through the ranks?
Over to you....