There were 26 Newcastle players in the party who left for Ireland on Saturday.
The Newcastle squad have a one week training camp in County Kildare, which then culminates in a friendly against Bohemian on Saturday 16 July – 2pm kick-off.
This is the Newcastle United 26 man squad that travelled:
Goalkeepers: Paul Woolston, Matz Sels, Karl Darlow, Rob Elliott
Defenders: Jesus Gamez, Paul Dummett, Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, Kevin Mbabu, Jamie Sterry
Midfielders: Matt Ritchie, Rolando Aarons, Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Cheick Tiote, Florian Thauvin, Gini Wijnaldum
Strikers: Dwight Gayle, Adam Armstrong, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez
Announcing the squad on the official club website, NUFC felt obliged to point out why three names are missing, stating that:
‘Tim Krul, Massadio Haidara and Emmanuel Riviere are not on the tour as they all work their way back to fitness on Tyneside following injuries.’
Not really sure about the situations of Riviere or Haidara, although the full-back did say recently he was hoping to be back for the start of the season from his latest injury. However, it does seem a little strange that Rob Elliot has made the trip but Tim Krul hasn’t.
Elliot is months behind Krul in terms of when they are expected back playing and Tim Krul has given regular updates saying everything is going well in his recovery. You can’t help but think that the Dutch keeper is surely set to leave, with the signing of Matz Sels appearing to be the final confirmation of that. Both Armstrong and Elliot have travelled despite being injured, so why not Krul?
The keeper has only one year left on his contract, the same as Anita and Tiote, with none of the three having been offered new deals going by what has been made public. Papiss Cisse was in the same position and it looks very unlikely the club will let the other three go into the new season without things sorted one way or the other.
Another player who’s missing but not given any reason for his absence, is a certain Sammy Ameobi. The 24 year old winger is back at the club with a year left on his contract, so his omission from the 26 man squad surely signals he will play no part in Rafa Benitez’ plans this season. Especially when the likes of Yoan Gouffran has been taken, as well as young goalkeeper Paul Woolston and Florian Thauvin who is expected to leave.
Other names missing from the training camp squad are Ivan Toney, Curtis Good, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Lubomir Satka. All five have featured in the first team at Newcastle previously but it appears that they aren’t going to feature in Rafa’s first team squad this season.
The same goes for Macauley Gillesphey and Alex Gilliead who both had decent loan spells at Carlisle last season and had indicated they hoped to force their way into Rafa’s first team squad plans.
Likewise the two 20 year olds signed on Friday, Stuart Findlay and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, their immediate future looking as though it will be with the Under 21s this season, rather than the first team squad.
There are also three other Newcastle players that won’t feature in Ireland: Freddie Woodman is away with England at the finals of the Under 19 European Championships in Germany, whilst Moussa Sissoko will of course be hoping to be playing in Paris tonight.
The other one is Remy Cabella. Nobody expected him to be on this trip to Ireland but it gets more mysterious by the day as to why Newcastle and Marseille haven’t confirmed that a deal has been done. The journalists who have access to Newcastle United must surely have asked the question but for whatever reason they aren’t letting on as to the club’s reasons/excuses for why nothing has been said.