Newcastle United have revealed which players have and haven’t travelled to Ireland for pre-season training.

It looks like Rafa Benitez has taken every player he sees potentially having a part to play next season, plus a number of others surely there to make up the numbers.

There are four who look to be definitely ruled out for next season, with Krul, Riviere and Lazaar not travelling as Newcastle are surely trying to move them on. Whilst the official club statement tells us that Adam Armstrong is set to go on another loan.

Karl Darlow didn’t go to Hearts on Friday with a move to Middlesbrough said to be imminent – but he has flown off with the squad.

An indication possibly of a couple of young inexperienced players maybe seen as having a chance of progressing – Callum Roberts and Victor Fernandez also on the plane earlier today.

Newcastle United official announcement:

A 27-man Newcastle United squad has arrived in Ireland for a week-long training camp at Carton House.

The Magpies will train twice a day at the resort in County Kildare, where they also visited last summer ahead of their Sky Bet Championship title-winning campaign.

Rafa Benítez has included new signings Florian Lejeune and Christian Atsu, while Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Karl Darlow, Daryl Murphy and Jamie Sterry – who all missed Friday night’s first friendly of the summer at Hearts – were also on the flight.

Youngsters Callum Roberts and Victor Fernandez have travelled but Chancel Mbemba misses out due to a visa technicality.

Emmanuel Riviere and Achraf Lazaar have remained on Tyneside, as has Tim Krul.

And Adam Armstrong has also stayed in Newcastle, with a number of clubs interested in taking the England under-20 international on loan.

United will not play any friendly fixtures in Ireland but will use the camp to prepare for Saturday’s game at Preston North End.

The 27-man squad for Newcastle’s Irish training camp is:

Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot, Freddie Woodman, Ciaran Clark, Paul Dummett, Jesus Gamez, Massadio Haidara, Grant Hanley, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune, Jamie Sterry, DeAndre Yedlin, Rolando Aarons, Christian Atsu, Jack Colback, Mohamed Diame, Victor Fernandez, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Callum Roberts, Siem De Jong, Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Daryl Murphy, Ayoze Perez.

The first team friendlies:

Friday 14 July – Hearts 1 Newcastle 2

Saturday 22 July – Preston away 3pm

Wednesday 26 July – Bradford away 7.30pm

Saturday 29 July – Mainz away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Wednesday 2 August – Wolfsburg away 4pm local time (3pm UK time)

Sunday 6 August – Hellas Verona home 3pm

Under 23/Reserves pre-season friendlies:

Monday 17 July – Darlington (at the Northern Echo Arena)

Saturday 22 July – Gateshead (at International Stadium)

Thursday 27 July – Celtic (at Whitby Town)

Saturday 29 July – AZ Alkmaar or Whitby (at Whitby Town)



  • Big shaun

    Adam Armstrong… play the lad or just sell him. He and we need to move on, surely?

    • Clarko

      Move on from a goalscoring 20 year old striker? Why not just loan him?

      • Austin Barber

        again? are we ever going to use him?

        • Big shaun

          Exactly

        • Clarko

          Yes, again, he’s 20 years old.

          • TheNutJob

            hi clarko, see your IQ`s doubled to 40. he he

          • Clarko

            It’s 40 more than what you have you muppet.

          • TheNutJob

            i haven`t got 1 i`m a puppet

          • Clarko

            I was wondering how you get your head all up inside yourself.

          • TheNutJob

            trade secret clarko

          • Clarko

            It’s no secret, everyone already knows that you’re a complete moron.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            he`s spot on about your IQ, you idiot

          • Clarko

            Shouldn’t you be off attacking Mike Ashley somewhere? You Mackem.

      • Big shaun

        Or play him?

        • Clarko

          Is he the best available choice? No. You loan him to a team where he will be the best available choice.

  • Return of the Mack

    To my memory, Krul has never asked for a move, even at this mad club.

    He’s being treated very poorly in my opinion.

    • TheNutJob

      He`s not the only one, Darlow, Mbemba to name just 2

  • TheNutJob

    why isnt Krul given a chance, how has Mbemba got a visa problem he resides in the EU & has done for over 4 yrs
    nothing at Nufc is as it seems
    I smell a Rat

    • Rich Lawson

      There only going to Ireland ffs,the only Visa problem Mbemba can have is that he hasn’t paid his bill for a few months ?

  • ash1001

    If Tim Krul is not good enough to be in that squad for Ireland, then if beggars belief when you look as some of those that are in the squad. This is the Premiership we are heading for in 3 weeks time. No body it appears want to say anything nasty about Rafa, but if this was any other manager from the recent past the alarm bells would be ringing. If we get Randolph from West Ham it says everything, other folks cast offs, we have so far spent 4 million (net), come on Rafa your supposedly a top class manager work your magic please, if you can’t please tell us whats going on at NUFC.

    • TheNutJob

      Only Ryder at the chron knows the score but his articles are redacted on a massive scale

    • Clarko

      Benitez isn’t in charge of transfer negotiations so I’m not sure what “magic” you want him to “work”.

  • Mrkgw

    For me, Krul is our best keeper. Way better than Darlow. Poor decision this.

    • TheNutJob

      forcing him out along with Darlow it seems

      • Mrkgw

        A very poor way to treat a loyal servant at the club. He deserves better.

        • TheNutJob

          terrible, but that`s the club these days

          • Mrkgw

            Callous. And they wonder why players refuse to come.

        • Clarko

          So you would rather the club pay his wages while he sits in the reserves instead of selling and using the money for another, more useful player?

          • Mrkgw

            No, I’d rather he played.

          • Clarko

            So you want to play a player who doesn’t appear to be considered good enough by the manager because you see him as a “loyal servant”, is that what you’re saying?

          • Mrkgw

            In my view, he is the best keeper on the clubs books at the moment. Simple as.

          • Clarko

            How can you say that when he hasn’t played for the club since 2015, against Manchester City I believe it was, Newcastle lost 6-1.

            Can Newcastle not attract a better goalkeeper than Krul? It appears that is the idea, or are you against that as well?

          • Mrkgw

            I’m not adverse to the club attracting better players. But, I happen to rate Krul. Just my opinion Clarko – obviously you differ and that’s fair enough.

          • Clarko

            I am just struggling to see what you’re basing that opinion on. Last season playing at AZ Alkmaar (a top 4 team) he appeared 14 times in the Eredivisie conceding 25 goals, only keeping 2 clean sheets. In the 15/16 season for Newcastle he made 8 appearances in the Premier League conceding 17 goals, only managing 1 clean sheet. 1.9 goals conceded per game.

            Last season Darlow appeared 34 time in the Championship for Newcastle, conceding only 32 times, while managing 13 clean sheets. 0.94 goals conceded per game.

            Elliot in the 15/16 season appeared 21 times conceding 37 times, while managing 4 clean sheets. 1.76 goals conceded per game (in a relegated side).

            What is this opinion based on?

          • Cuh736

            Elliot conceded 5 against chelsea

          • Clarko

            Are you trying to argue that 5 is greater than 6? Read my next comment before replying.

          • Cuh736

            Petr Cech conceded 5 against bayern twice. Poor goalkeeper

          • Cuh736

            Petr Cech conceded 5 against bayern twice. Poor goalkeeper.
            Van der sar conceded 6 to city. Rubbish
            Kevin Trapp conceded 6 to Barcelona. Appalling

            My point is simple. None of the goals were due to errors by Krul. The goalie alone cant take the blame. We had a poor defence then, so I don’t even see why you would try to attach that to the goalie alone

          • Clarko

            You didn’t read my comment down below…. You don’t have a point because Krul conceding 6 against Manchester City was never in my reasoning, it was just a happy coincidence.

            One last time, scroll down two comments and read it before replying.

          • nevfur

            Entitled to your view and many share it but football is a hard game and Rafa is the manager and the one putting his reputation on the line. He is paid to make the hard choices and his record speaks for itself. I like Krul but am happy to trust Rafa. You may not always agree with the manager and we all like to play manager but he is the one in the job so we should trust and support him to do his best to bring success here.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            you really are an A $$hole

          • Clarko

            How dare you speak to your superior like that, know your place boy.

    • Mal

      Is this assessment based on recent form?

  • Ray Martinez

    I see no mention of Ivan Toney? Thought he had a bit about him but obviously not in the long term plans… any ideas, lads?

    • Cuh736

      Same question i have

  • 1957

    Woodman has to stay and be able to see a way to the first team, but is Elliott the best of the rest. For me no, I think both Krul and Darlow are better but Benitez seemingly doesn’t rate them so it’s his prerogative as manager to move them on.

    My problem is the names being linked as our new ‘experienced’ first choice.