Following the closing of the January transfer window, Newcastle United had to submit their updated 25 man squad.

The initial squad is named in September and only those players are allowed to play in the Premier League, as well as any who are classed as Under 21.

Newcastle did just  manage to name a full  25 players back in September and indeed Lee Charnley, in his infamous recent Chronicle interview, used the fact that United had a ‘full’ squad as a reason/excuse not to bring in any players in January.

Lee Charnley;

“We were forced to bring players in a couple of years ago in January because of where we were in the league and some of those transactions we brought forward from the following summer at significant cost. As a general principle, January is not an attractive window.

“Another important thing to note and something that is often not mentioned, is Premier League teams are only allowed to name 25 players – we are currently at 25.”

At the time most fans laughed at Charnley’s excuse for not investing in any players and sure enough, the departures of Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic mean that United have only managed to come up with the following 23 names. Though that 23 includes Steven Taylor who is knackered for the season and the permanently absent Facundo Ferreyra.

You are only allowed a maximum of 17 players who aren’t classed as ‘Home Grown’ and Newcastle now have  15 in their squad plus 8 home grown.

25 Man Squad (* means Home grown)


*Tim Krul, *Rob Elliot


Fabricio Coloccini, *Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat,* Ryan Taylor, *Steven Taylor, *Mike Williamson


Mehdi Abeid, *Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, *Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote


Papiss Cisse, Facundo Ferreyra, Emmanuel Riviere

In addition clubs can use any number of players who are aged 21 and under, which means Newcastle also have access to;

Under-21 players (Contract and Scholars)

*Rolando Aarons, *Jak Alnwick, *Adam Armstrong, *James Atkinson, *Daniel Barlaser, *Gael Bigirimana,*Stefan Broccoli,*Kyle Cameron, *Adam Campbell, *Luke Charman, *Jamie Cobain, *Ben Drennan, Liam Gibson, Macauley Gillesphey, *Alex Gilliead, Curtis Good, Ayoze Perez,*Andrew Hall, Andrew, Tom Heardman, *Jamie Holmes, *Jack Hunter, *Louis Johnson, Olivier Kemen, *Joseph Kerridge, Adam Laidler, *Jamaal Lascelles, *Sean Longstaff, Kevin Mbabu, Ryan McKinnon, *Michael Newberry, Greg Olley, *Brendan Pearson, *Ben Pollock, Jonathyn Quinn, *Callum Roberts, Lubomir Satka, *Ben Smith, Liam Smith, Jamie Sterry, *Jordan Storey, *Remie Streete, *Lewis Suddick, *Allan Trodd, *Daniel Ward, *Callum Williams, *Frederick Woodman, *Paul Woolston

Another strange anomaly is that Jamaal Lascelles (pictured above) is once again listed as being available to Newcastle if they want to play him. The same situation happened in September when the defender appeared on the original list but fellow Nottingham Forest loanee Karl Darlow didn’t. The club insisting though that Lascelles couldn’t play for United this season.

  • Demented_Man

    Couldn’t they have trimmed it down to, say, 16?  Ashley must be fuming at the scandalous waste of 7 players.

  • Steve1221

    We were really ripped off the last team we had to buy players in January, I mean £1.5 million each for Sissoko and Gouffran, £2 mill for Haidara and £5.5 for Debuchy!!!!
    To be fair £8.5 mil for Mbiwa was a bit of a screw up.

  • A lex

    Actually, it’s ‘effetively 20’, cos Jonas ain’t going to get a game.

    At least this removes an excuse for Charnly that “we have a full squad at the moment”, not that that will remotely encourage filling the spaces with anyone but under age development members.

    By the way, is anyone already concerned that we have Lascelles and Darlow to count for next year? Heaven help us…….or at least someone with longer arms who can reach their wallet.

  • toon tony

    Maybe they could double up by working in one of his tatty shops. !!!!

  • wor monga

    This Squad situation gives ideal openings for defenders like
    Satka and Good to get some chances before the Nottingham lad comes into it, …

    know already that Ayoze, Aarons, Abeid, and Ameobi have stepped up this season
    successfully, so perhaps it’s time to bring Armstrong and possibly Roberts, and
    Woodman closer to the first team…

    I reckon, if some of these lads are big enough,
    and have enough maturity then they are old enough, all that may be missing is
    their main chance.

  • Pulse33

    wor monga Good has what it takes I reckon. Very highly rated here in Australia.

  • Gillo81

    But then ayoze, Aarons and Armstrong are not listed. All players who will play between now and the season end. Two of them I expect to play huge roles. It’s another waste of an article. If the number was 23 including the crocks/no shows and all the u21 lads then it would be an article. In its current format, it’s pointless.

  • amacdee

    a general principle, January is not an attractive window” 

    Neither’s August but eventually you have to replace all those who want to leave or you push out because you preside over a club where loyalty, long term relationships and ambition are forgotten values.

    Only when, in the not too distant future, NUFC has a team consisting of YTS youngsters all working for zero hour contracts will you be happy !

  • radgiegadgie

    yawn, yawn

    I thought everyone knew they won’t buy anyone unless the deal is right.  Obviously, there was no one available that they wanted to buy and give a long contract to.  That is their policy and they are not going to deviate from that unless they see their PL status threatened.

    However, you only need 11 players on the pitch and how they perform from now until the end of the season is the only thing that really matters.
    That is of course subjective as fans may have different definitions of what a good rest of season looks like.  Some have already decided it will not be good enough.

  • Benblacknwhite

    toon tony I didnt know he sold potatoes