On Friday we asked the question: ‘Which Newcastle players would you keep?’
This season has seen signs of promise, despite a largely poor set of results, but it has become clear that United don’t really have a squad.
A combination of younger players who maybe aren’t up to it, longstanding players who are past their sell-by date, or signings who haven’t worked out.
Newcastle are in need of a squad shake up and to start again with a core of key players.
The question is, which players would you keep and build from?
So, we asked you to pick 11 players from a list of 30 who you would most like to see Newcastle keep and then add to for a real meaningful squad, to help take the club back to a position where they can compete in a tangible way.
It didn’t have to be a team of players, just the best eleven players Newcastle have to take us forward.
So you could have had one goalkeeper, three goalkeepers or even perhaps none.
You could have chosen six defenders or none at all, likewise with midfielders and strikers.
Thanks to the thousands of you who took the time to pick your 11 best Newcastle players to take the club forward and here are the overall results below.
The percentage of fans who voted for each player voted up/down – so it wasn’t a case of nobody at all voting for Yoan Gouffran, Obertan, Ameobi and Williamson – just a number that was less than 0.5% of all the fans voting:
26% de Jong
Obviously some very interesting feedback there, with the eleven to take the club forward including, maybe surprisingly, Jamaal Lascelles in eleventh place.
Whilst Elliot, Taylor, Anita, Tiote, Coloccini, Cabella, Riviere and Cisse all receiving the support of only 8% or less of the voting supporters.
Other senior players such as Sissoko, de Jong, Dummett, Haidara and Thauvin all falling below the 51% backing figure, some of them considerably so.
On the other hand, the likes of youthful players such as Armstrong, Mbabu and Aarons were all included in the top 11 despite them having only started three Premier League matches in total between them.
What appears clear is that whoever you see as the future of the club in the medium to long-term, the expectation is of a big overhaul in senior players, if the club is to establish itself again where it belongs.