Everton name just 18 players ahead of Premier League campaign

Money-stricken Toffees name the smallest squad after a troublesome summer, whilst QPR and Stoke are the only teams to have to cut players

Everton manager David Moyes has named only 18 players in his Premier League squad for the season, highlighting the severe lack of depth at Goodison Park.

Everton were the least active side in the Premier League during the summer transfer window, bringing in only Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe on loan deals whilst losing talismanic midfielder Mikel Arteta and last season’s top scorer Jermaine Beckford, as well as record signing Yakubu.

The total of 18 players named by Everton was seven short of the maximum to be submitted to the Premier League, although only QPR and Stoke submitted the full quota of 25 players.

Stoke and QPR were the busiest of the Premier League sides on deadline day, leaving them both with players that are now surplus to requirements.

The Potters spent £22 million bringing in Wilson Palacios, Peter Crouch and Cameron Jerome on deadline day, meaning Danny Pugh, Tom Soares, Michael Tonge and Danny Collins all missed the cut.

QPR, now funded by new owner Tony Fernandes, had to omit five players from the squad that won promotion from the Championship last year, with Rob Hulse, Danny Shittu, Petter Vaagan Moen, Patrick Agyemang and Hogan Ephraim all facing futures away from Loftus Road.

Each squad list submitted to the Premier League must contain eight homegrown players, with Arsenal naming the fewest at just five. Arsene Wenger has had to name players under the age of 21 to work around the rule.