Mesut Ozil, Gedson Fernandes, Danny Drinkwater, Harry Wilson and Phil Jones top the list of players entirely left out by their respective clubs as they announce the European squads.
English Premier League clubs featuring UEFA’s two European competitions this season have announced their squad. However, this announcement has spelled out death for a few big-money stars.
Clubs participating in European competitions are allowed to pick a maximum of 27 players who are defined as “non-homegrown”. Meanwhile, the remaining eight members of the 25-man squad should be homegrown.
As a result, the competition rules have left a tricky selection choice for the likes of Mikel Arteta who decided not to include William Saliba, Mesut Ozil, and Sokratis in the campaign.
Ozil who is Arsenal’s joint-highest earner on £350,000 a week has not played for the club since March while the Greek defender Sokratis is yet to feature this season.
Saliba, who cost the Gunners £27m, has also been left out after the north London club tried sending him back to France on loan before deadline day.
A move back to Saint Etienne was on the cards but the proposed loan switch fell through, leaving the Ligue 1 side frustrated.
The most notable omissions at Chelsea come in the form of Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, who will now struggle to see any game time unless they complete moves away before the domestic transfer window closes next week.
Drinkwater has struggled tremendously since completing his £35m move from Leicester to Stamford Bridge in 2017, while he failed to impress during loan spells at Burnley and most recently Aston Villa.
Moses was linked with a move back to Inter Milan but the move fell through. Inter boss Antonio Conte will now look to return for the winger in the January window instead.
At Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to leave out Phil Jones, Sergio Romero, and Marcos Rojo has announced the 23-man squad for their upcoming Champions League campaign.
Romero has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford with the MLS proving to be a potential destination after he saw a switch to Everton fall through.
For Tottenham fans, it will come as no surprise that Rose has not been selected by Jose Mourinho considering the England left-back has not been given a squad number this season.
Mourinho has also found no room to include Spurs loanee Gedson Fernandes in his European plans, who looks set to return to Benfica once his 18-month loan spell comes to an end at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham agreed to pay Benfica £56m should they decide to make the Portuguese midfielder’s move a permanent one next summer but it appears his move will remain as a loan.
Paulo Gazzaniga is the other casualty not to make Spurs’ European squad with the Argentine deemed surplus to requirements following the arrival of Joe Hart, who conveniently fits the homegrown quota.
For Liverpool, there was no room for the £15m-rated Harry Wilson in Jurgen Klopp’s plans and he will now be made to watch his team-mates at home on European nights.
There were no big-name omissions from either Manchester City or Leicester.