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The 20 ‘Good’ Premier League Players Newcastle Are Relying On

6 years ago
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Found it really interesting reading the [intlink id=”47229″ type=”post”]quotes from Ronald Koeman on this site yesterday[/intlink], good to hear a manager with half a brain explaining intelligently about his new signings and gradually phasing them in, as well as his thoughts on Newcastle United.

However, what really caught my eye was what the ex-Barca legend had to say about the essentials of a current day Premier League squad;

“You need at least 20 good Premier League players and now we have 20 good ones.

“In my opinion you always need totally 25 players and of the 25 there can be three or four young players to develop themselves in the training sessions and to play in the under-21s.

“You need those kind of players with all the international breaks, with all the matches that we have to play.”

So that got me thinking, how does the Newcastle squad measure up to these requirements – Alan Pardew has said he’s never had a stronger squad but what is the reality?

Well when it comes to that handful of younger players then United have the following; Rolando Aaron, Adam Armstrong, Curtis Good, Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow and Ayoze Perez, with obviously a couple of those sent instantly back to Forest for this season.

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So what about our 20 ‘Good Premier League Players’?

I have left Ryan Taylor to one side because he is still returning from over two years out, but unless I’ve missed somebody hiding in the corner, these are the twenty players that Newcastle are most relying on this season.

I have put my personal slant on it by listing them in order, with Tim Krul the most valuable as I see it, with the likes of Obertan and Elliot at the other end of the spectrum;

Tim Krul

Cheick Tiote

Moussa Sissoko

Remy Cabella

Daryl Janmaat

Davide Santon

Jack Colback

Siem De Jong

Fabricio Coloccini

Mike Williamson

Papiss Cisse

Massadio Haidara

Yoan Gouffran

Emmanuel Riviere

Steven Taylor

Vurnon Anita

Mehdi Abeid

Paul Dummett

Rob Elliot

Gabriel Obertan

I have to say that sitting down and actually looking at our ever so strong squad was a bit of an eye opener.

It just really sums up why Pardew was praying Cabella and De Jong would magically hit the ground running and fill the massive class gap left by players such as Cabaye, Remy and Ba going.

No doubt the few remaining dreamers will find a case to make for all of these 20 players as future Premier League stars but on what we have seen with our own eyes, it is a totally different story.

Personally, I think we are lucky if we have a Premier League starting eleven from this list of 20 and that would be with everybody fit!

All critiques of my 20 man star list gratefully received.

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