the pink palermo wrote:Sam Westley will be the;lowest paid "player" at West Ham .His inclusion in our squad will allow us to meet the home grown quota, fulfil the 25 man rule and stay within the FFP rules .
He's never going to play ...
Needing eight homegrown players is a misconception. (We already had eight senior homegrown players in the squad anyway).
The squad rule is a maximum over 25 senior (over-21) players, of which no more than 17 can be foreign-trained players.
A club doesn't need to fill all 25 places in the squad (see Chelsea a couple of years ago and maybe Man City who couldn't fill the eight homegrown slots). However it cannot leave a blank if there is an eligible senior player to fill that space, (hence Westley had to be named unless the club released him, as they did Poyet).
Westley might be the lowest paid squad member, but he's not as lowly paid as not naming anybody.
And not naming anybody would allow us to have a vacancy to sign a free agent if needed / desired.
His inclusion in the squad truly is shocking nepotism.
Unless he's being used for money laundering!