With all the focus on Mike Ashley and John Carver, it is ironic that despite the shocking results there hasn’t really been the proper focus on the actual Newcastle players.
You know, the people that actually go out on the pitch and get paid relative fortunes.
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After the January transfer window, Newcastle United along with all the other Premier League clubs, had to announce who was in their 25 man senior squad. These being the only ones allowed to play over the course of the rest of the season, along with those who qualify as under 21s (Perez, Armstrong etc).
Newcastle could only name 23 and that included Steven Taylor who was already ruled out for the rest of the season with injury, as well as the enigmatic Facundo Chucky Ferreyra.
Going through those 23 Newcastle players, you really have to see it as a miracle if United are to successfully get through next season in any kind of comfort, even if sizeable investment is made this summer…and none of our few quality players leave.
Below I’ve indicated in bold the players who I think are Premier League standard and would, if they left, move on to play for another Premier League club (or equivalent standard abroad).
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
No doubt many of you will have your own ideas but I think only those nine would automatically get another Premier Leaue club, that is how weak our senior playing squad is.
Raylor and Jonas have been very good servants but hand on heart they wouldn’t get a game for another club in this league next season.
Steven Taylor could potentially sneak into one of the (other!) clubs who will be fighting it out at the bottom, whilst Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Mehdi Abeid have time on their side but haven’t really shown they are Premier League quality.
Even with the nine I have selected, Tiote isn’t what he was and like Cisse is incrwasingly injury prone.
In addition, with Siem de Jong we are going off reputation and even though Remy Cabella has now played a half decent amount of games he has still not really convinced.
Reality has to his home for us all, especially Mike Ashley and his minions, that lack of investment over the course of years and going for budget options such as Gouffran, Riviere, Obertan and Anita has left us well short of what is needed.