First let me say thank you for the opportunity The Mag gave me, so I am able to present all Magpies faithful with my concerns on our beloved team here, and to give you my ideal Newcastle United squad for the new season.

I am one of the biggest fans of the Magpies here in Indonesia (a country in South East Asia, fyi), if only one of a few. Other people like to see/watch football choose the big fish, but not me. I was mocked because Newcastle is not that well known here in Indonesia, but I presume that in my country there are not many real footballholics who have a deep knowledge of Premier League. So can’t appreciate just how big Newcastle United is.

I have been closely following Newcastle since 1998. I fell in love with Newcastle since watching Super Al scoring goals for fun at that time, Nobby Solano (in my opinion he is only second behind Beckham in term of accuracy on crossing and free kicks in his era), Laurent Robert (left hand version of Beckham), Rob Lee, Shay Given, Olivier Bernard (yes, that little quick French left winger-turned-left fullback) or even Nikos Dabizas still I remember strongly.

Newcastle’s style of using free full-flowing attacking football emphasized in crosses from left and right wingers, always excited me.

It still excites me every time I remember that Robson era where we played matches against Barcelona and others in Champions League. Quite a different class of rivals remembering who we played against last term (Rotherham, everybody).

But, the euphoria is creeping back at me this season, we are back in the Premier League. It means that I will at least have opportunities to watch Newcastle playing against rivals on TV (Championship is sadly not broadcast here in Indonesia).

The last two months passed and not one day I left without reading news regarding updates of players targeted and fingers crossed, hopefully signed by Newcastle. So, truthfully at the moment, I’m in a bad mood since we only signed two players (for the senior team) until now, Atsu and Lejeune.

On this occasion I would like to share my version regarding the current players who we should keep, who we should let go and the players needed to make Newcastle able to challenge the top half. I think this target is possible to achieve with the addition of the right players.

Newcastle United Squad for Premier League 2017/2018:

Goalkeeper

Alphonse Areola (PSG) (Loan with the option of permanent deal)

Rob Elliott

Karl Darlow

Right Full-back

DeAndre Yedlin

Jesus Gamez

Chancel Mbemba

Central Defender

Jamaal Lascelles

Ciaran Clark

Florian Lejeune

Another left footed central defender – Zou Feddal (Alaves) / Doria (Marseille) / Tyrone Mings (Bournemouth)

Left Fullback

Paul Dummett

Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) / Luke Garbutt (Everton) / Matt Target / Sam McQueen(Southampton)

Massadio Haidara

Defensive / Central Midfielder

Jonjo Shelvey

James McCarthy (Everton) / Gianelli Imbula (Stoke) / Fabian Delph / Fernando (Man City)

Isaac Hayden

Mo Diame

Henry Saivet

Attacking Midfielder

Siem de Jong

Ayoze Perez

Mo Diame

Right Winger

Matt Ritchie

Christian Atsu

Left Winger

Jacob Murphy (Norwich) / Jefferson Montero (Swansea) / Bakary Sako (Crystal Palace) / Max Gradel (Bournemouth)

Rolando Aarons

Striker

Dwight Gayle

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Loic Remy (Chelsea) / Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) / Andre Gray (Burnley) / Chuba Akpom (Arsenal)

Sell/Release:

Tim Krul (GK)

Grant Hanley (CB)

Achraf Lazaar (LB)

Jack Colback (CM)

Daryl Murphy (ST)

Emmanuel Riviere (ST)

Loan Out :

Freddie Woodman (GK)

Matz Sels (GK)

Jamie Sterry (RB)

Curtis Good (CB)

Sean Longstaff (CM)

Callum Roberts (LW)

Adam Armstrong (ST)

Ivan Toney (ST)

One player who I am really still not truly convinced yet to be sold or kept is Mitro. But remembering his passion for Magpies whenever he played, I prefer to keep him, at least for one more season.

For Colback, although I know he is a local lad, but last season he is simply awful. We cannot, we must not keep him in our squad. He is not good enough.

Above are the players of my choice, recruited, stayed, loaned and shipped out.

Maybe my choices of players are far from perfect, but at least those newcomers are upgrades from the old ones, and have an almost similar type of play one and another.

I am very sorry for my terrible English and choices of words. I really hope that what I want to share is able to be understandable. Please remember I am not a native and came from a far far country out there, always supporting Newcastle United whether they win or lose.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to contribute@themag.co.uk)



  • Soldier

    Mbemba`s a central defender & that team would be hard pressed to be above the bottom 6

    • chandra gedanggoreng

      He is only 1,82 metre, mate. So when we are looking at the style of play in England which mostly play on the air, I think he is not suited to play as a central defender. If you checked when Congo DR played in African Cup of Nations, he was deployed as a DM.

      • TheNutJob

        he’s always played in central defence at club level

  • Leazes Ender

    Your surname appears to mean ‘Fried Bananas’ or ‘Big Bannana’….. is that the correct translation?

    • chandra gedanggoreng

      Hahaha… You are very very right, Mate… How do you know that? I presume the Java – English translation have not been invented yet…

      • Leazes Ender

        Well I know Nasi Goreng was a food, so I just looked it up. lol

        • chandra gedanggoreng

          Hahaha…. Lol… Is there anybody who sells Nasi Goreng in England?

          • Leazes Ender

            Yes the supermarkets sell Nasi and Bami goreng.

  • Franzcarrsuperstar

    Thanks for your thoughts (and your use of English was fine!). Some interesting ideas for signings, but for me the most important role not strengthened in your squad is the “number 10”. We really need a top class one as a priority.

    Then I think we need to strengthen central midfield, too, which I see you’ve done.

    • Leazes Ender

      It should be fine its probably Mark Jensen writing under the pen name of Charlie Big Banana……lol.

      • chandra gedanggoreng

        No, Sir. I am not Mr. Mark Jensen. I am from Indonesia. Btw, actually the correct one is Fried Banana…

        • Leazes Ender

          Your English is far too good.

    • chandra gedanggoreng

      Thank you, SIr. Regarding the Number 10, the reason why I choose not to strengthen because the limited budget. If Newcastle adding some players which I recommend, the fund would probably depleted. I also still hope that De Jong can finally deliver the performance we hope he able to achieve.

  • Jimblag23

    Ideal team would include Messi, 1999 Rivaldo, Vieira, 1996 Shearer, De Gea and Luis Suarez. Sadly this is real life where we haggle for nobodies, then struggle with a weak squad.

  • wowski13

    I tend to agree with your assessment. I’m still not convinced buying a keeper from outside the PL would be preferable to keeping Darlow in goal. I’d go for a right back over another CB as Mbemba is much better suited to playing there. I’d also add Robertson’s name to the list of potential LB’s to recruit as he’s probably more affordable than Gibbs

  • Tudge

    Was quite a good read til I read Chuba Akpom as one of the striker targets we should go for, we are trying to not get relegated again!