Following the end of the domestic summer transfer window last week, the Chelsea squad for league action this season has now been submitted to the Premier League.
Each club may register 25 first team players over the age of 21, of whom a minimum of eight should be homegrown. A ‘homegrown’ player is defined by the Premier League as someone of any nationality who was 21 or older on 1 January 2021 and spent three years between the ages of 16 and 21 attached to an English league team.
Coaches can supplement the squad with any number of under-21 players, whatever their country of birth. For this season, these are players who have been born on or after 1 January 1999.
Petr Cech has been included in the squad as emergency goalkeeper cover. 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.
Petr Cech has been named in Chelsea’s squad for the current Premier League season despite retiring from football in 2019. The 38-year-old Cech, who is now a technical advisor at Stamford Bridge where he spent 11 years and won four Premier League titles, retired at the end of a four-year stint with Arsenal.
Chelsea’s Premier League squad is as follows (in squad number order):
Andreas Christensen – homegrown
Tammy Abraham – homegrown
Fikayo Tomori – homegrown
Mason Mount – under-21
Callum Hudson-Odoi – under-21
Ben Chilwell – homegrown
Billy Gilmour – under-21
Reece James – under-21
Kai Havertz – under-21