Fernando Torres leads the line in a star-studded Chelsea squad.
The Premier League roster rules are a little more obvious than the UEFA Champions League ones, so we weren't surprised by any sneak omissions from Chelsea's 25-man (23 for us) squad list released today. Michael Essien was included thanks to there being nobody around to bump him off, despite a long-term knee injury that will probably keep him out for most of the window, and Chelsea's home-grown senior players are Russ Turnbull, Ashley Cole, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand, Frank Lampard and Daniel Sturridge.
The junior players haven't been named yet, but the major ones who'll feature are Romelu Lukaku, who was not included in the Champions League roster, Oriol Romeu, who was, and Josh McEachran, who could really do with some more playing time. Here's the expected squad list, then:
International Players (17): Petr Cech, Henrique Hilario; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Jose Bosingwa, Paulo Ferreira, Alex; Michael Essien, Ramires, Jon Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles; Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, Nicolas Anelka.
Homegrown Players (6): Ross Turnbull; Ashley Cole, John Terry, Ryan Bertrand; Frank Lamprd; Daniel Sturridge.
Under-21 (44): Amin Affane, James Ashton, Lewis Baker, Samuel Bangura, Jamal Blackman, Nathaniel Chalobah, Billy Clifford, Connor Clifford, Thibaut Courtois, Alex Davey, Ulises Davila, Aziz Deen-Conteh, Matej Delac, Aliu Djalo, Walter Figueira, Ben Gordon, Alastair Gordon, Tom Howard, Rohan Ince, Gael Kakuta, Tomas Kalas, Todd Kane, Milan Lalkovic, Reece Loudon, Romelu Lukaku, Josh McEachran, Jacob Mellis, Marko Mitrovic, Buomesca Na Bangna, Adam Nditi, Archange Nkumu, Nii Nortey, Anjur Osmanovic, Danny Pappoe, Adam Phillip, Jhon Pirez Araujo, Phillip Prosenik, George Saville, Ismail Seremba, Daniel Stenning, John Swift, Rhys Taylor, Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Bruma.
It's still a little light on the midfield, and only really has 25 players available thanks to the inclusion of Michael Essien, who almost certainly won't be back until the next transfer window. Things would have made a little more sense had two midfielders been acquired rather than just one at the close of the transfer window with Yossi Benayoun heading out of the door, but it is what is is. Chelsea should manager just fine.