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12 Premier League clubs in Checkatrade Trophy – including some big new names

Date Posted,June 30, 2017

Tottenham have signed up to the Checkatrade Trophy for next season.

The Premier League giants join Manchester City, Newcastle United and Fulham as newcomers in the revamped competition.

Mirror Sport revealed on Thursday that City have signed up as the restructure – particularly with games being played in international breaks – works for their under-21 teams.

The invited under-21 teams will play their games away from home.

There are 12 top flight teams taking part with the draw to be held next month and the kick-off in the week commencing August 28.

Tottenham’s involvement along with City is a major boost as both clubs have such a strong reputation for their academies with Spurs also bringing through a raft of first team players like Harry Kane and Harry Winks among others.

Premier League champions Chelsea will also be involved (Photo: Getty)

Tottenham Hotspur’s Head of Player Development, John McDermott said: “We took the decision to enter the competition as it is beneficial for the Development Squad’s scheduling this year.

“We know the Checkatrade Trophy will provide a massive challenge for us and we look forward to testing ourselves.”

The new set-up includes:

Invited under 21 teams will play their Group games away from home;

Regionalisation until the Quarter-Final stage (improved from Round Two in 2016/17) to minimise overall travel time for Clubs and fans;

Flexibility of fixture dates to allow teams to schedule games outside of international weeks

EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “I was delighted when EFL Clubs collectively backed the competition following a full and comprehensive review of last season’s pilot format and we can see from the increasing interest from Category One Academies that the Checkatrade Trophy has genuine appeal.

Coventry City lift the trophy to celebrate winning the EFL Checkatrade Trophy (Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

“The competition provides a unique challenge to young players and seasoned professionals alike. I strongly believe players from League One and League Two clubs will look forward to taking on some of the country’s brightest prospects, who will themselves learn a lot from participating in a first team competition.

“I want to thank EFL Clubs and the Category One Academies for their support. I believe the balance of the competition should benefit all sides and will make for some intriguing matches when the Group Stages get under way in August.”

The under 21s teams taking part

Brighton & Hove Albion

Chelsea

Everton

Leicester City

Manchester City

Newcastle United

Southampton

Stoke City

Swansea City

Tottenham Hotspur

West Bromwich Albion

West Ham United

Fulham

Middlesbrough

Reading

Sunderland

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