Following the closing of the January transfer window, Newcastle United had to submit their updated 25 man squad.
The initial squad is named in September and only those players are allowed to play in the Premier League, as well as any who are classed as Under 21.
Newcastle did just manage to name a full 25 players back in September and indeed Lee Charnley, in his infamous recent Chronicle interview, used the fact that United had a ‘full’ squad as a reason/excuse not to bring in any players in January.
“We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January because of where we were in the league and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost. As a general principle, January is not an attractive window.
“Another important thing to note and something that is often not mentioned, is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we are currently at 25.”
At the time most fans laughed at Charnley’s excuse for not investing in any players and sure enough, the departures of Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic mean that United have only managed to come up with the following 23 names. Though that 23 includes Steven Taylor who is knackered for the season and the permanently absent Facundo Ferreyra.
You are only allowed a maximum of 17 players who aren’t classed as ‘Home Grown’ and Newcastle now have 15 in their squad plus 8 home grown.
25 Man Squad (* means Home grown)
*Tim Krul, *Rob Elliot
Fabricio Coloccini, *Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat,* Ryan Taylor, *Steven Taylor, *Mike Williamson
Mehdi Abeid, *Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, *Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote
Papiss Cisse, Facundo Ferreyra, Emmanuel Riviere
In addition clubs can use any number of players who are aged 21 and under, which means Newcastle also have access to;
Under-21 players (Contract and Scholars)
*Rolando Aarons, *Jak Alnwick, *Adam Armstrong, *James Atkinson, *Daniel Barlaser, *Gael Bigirimana,*Stefan Broccoli,*Kyle Cameron, *Adam Campbell, *Luke Charman, *Jamie Cobain, *Ben Drennan, Liam Gibson, Macauley Gillesphey, *Alex Gilliead, Curtis Good, Ayoze Perez,*Andrew Hall, Andrew, Tom Heardman, *Jamie Holmes, *Jack Hunter, *Louis Johnson, Olivier Kemen, *Joseph Kerridge, Adam Laidler, *Jamaal Lascelles, *Sean Longstaff, Kevin Mbabu, Ryan McKinnon, *Michael Newberry, Greg Olley, *Brendan Pearson, *Ben Pollock, Jonathyn Quinn, *Callum Roberts, Lubomir Satka, *Ben Smith, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry, *Jordan Storey, *Remie Streete, *Lewis Suddick, *Allan Trodd, *Daniel Ward, *Callum Williams, *Frederick Woodman, *Paul Woolston
Another strange anomaly is that Jamaal Lascelles (pictured above) is once again listed as being available to Newcastle if they want to play him. The same situation happened in September when the defender appeared on the original list but fellow Nottingham Forest loanee Karl Darlow didn’t. The club insisting though that Lascelles couldn’t play for United this season.