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.


  • Pulse33

    I would add Haidara and Staylor to that list… and maybe Dummett. The rest are either squad players or not good enough.

  • No Brainer

    Krul, Elliot Darlow
    Janmatt, Colo, Dummett, S Taylor, Lascelles, Haidara,
    Tiote, Colback, Abeid, Du Jong Sisoko, Cabella, Aarons then Obertan and Goufran (just in at the lower reaches of the prem)
    Cisse, Perez (hope against hope River boy is just having a tough first season but will leave him out as he’s shown nowt)

    Thats 17 without the ober and the gab

  • NottsToon

    No Brainer  I think that you are being generous, and your comment shows just how the low expectations of the apathetic have succumb to the owners will.

  • IanDubbleYoo

    I would add Haidara, Anita and Abeid under a decent manager. Colback is only just Prem standard, he’s deeply average.

  • radgiegadgie

    Assume Williamson is not on the list because he falls in to the category ow “world class”?

  • NatTurner

    IanDubbleYoo  You are wrong on two counts.  If there are three players who have proven that they aren’t PL quality they are Riviere, Anita, and Gouffran.  Anita regularly commits howlers that you literally don’t see in the PL.  They’re jarring. 

    Colback is a very solid midfielder.  Your comment places him on the same level as Anita, maybe lower.  That’s foolish.  Colback may not be world class, but he’s a midfielder who controls the game.  While Anita hangs on for dear life.

  • Jamiekgordon

    Cabella???? He is awful
    Abeid is championship level at best

  • NotFatFreddy

    Daryl Janmaat is good and adapted well in his first season.

    Happy to see all the others leave.

  • Brownale69

    Eh? didnt see any in the Mackem game. Sorry they were all shte. If you disagree tell me how many of the Mackems are prem quality?

  • Mal44

    We can all argue about the margins but you do illustrate how pathetically weak we are, even if we had no injuries or suspensions.

  • IainT0842

    NIne? I think you’re being generous…Coloccini (past it), Cabella (flop), De Jong (unproven), Tiote is a dreadful player.

    I agree that Krul, Colback, Sissoko, and Cisse are premier league level

    Only Janmaat could play for a champions league club.

  • MikeAshleyAteMyHamster

    Colo is well past his best. Not premier league standard. The others I agree with though Cabella has alot more to offer and it’s hard to judge De Jong (he’s only played one game this season hasn’t he?). That being said the most important aspect that needs looking at (apart from kicking out the FCB) is the coaching staff. They all need to go, from senior to youth level. I think, with a half decent coaching set up, the club could get a lot more from this set of players, especially our more attacking, creative players.

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  • PhilYare

    what do you mean ‘home grown’? cos Ryan Taylor, Jack Colback and Rob Elliott had nowt to do with our youth policy

    obviously krul, janmaat and sissoko (even though hes playing c**p like 95% of the team). Cisse’s goalscoring record in the PL proves he is if people arn’t convinced by his overall contribution.
    Perez should be potential waiting in the wings, not have the weight of the world on his shoulders

    Cabella could be Diego Gavilan, or some kid from the reserves, not a multi million pound signing. 
    Williamson would find it difficult to mark ian rush at the age he is now
    Anita would struggle in an under 14 game
    Ameobi would struggle if he was the only player on the pitch and the opposition had decided to go for a pint

    To sum up how bad we are I think up to 10 teams in the PL could beat us without a goalkeeper, with 1 shot on goal per game we’d almost definitely still lose

  • PhilYare

    IainT0842 spot on, them 4 are no more

    put it this way I would be happy if any of the other players were playing against us

  • PhilYare

    IanDubbleYoo anita?!

  • GToon

    Agree but would include Raylor in there too. He is class.

  • Dsjmo99

    Ryan Taylor will more than likely sign for Pardew’s Palace at the end of the season so your statement ‘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’is quite wrong

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  • DownUnderMag

    PhilYare Hom grown is just referring to qualifying under UEFA/FIFA rules…

  • DownUnderMag

    No Perez in that list, he may have been “one for the future” but he’s proven he’s got enough about him to warrant a place on this list.

    I think Obertan would get another club after him, most likely Pardew.  I also think that a fully fit and in form Stevie Taylor would get some interest, his greatest enemy is himself, thinking he’s better than he is, with injuries starting to catch up now too.  Raylor is actually not a bad player and i’m not sure how you can put him in a “not good enough” pile while Cabella and de Jong are classed as good enough, we’ve seen very little from either to show that in fairness.

    But this is our policy, XI purples and the rest just making up the numbers.  The trouble is we sold off some of our purples and failed to replace them or some just haven’t worked out as well as Ashley had hoped…

  • Andgeo

    Perez and abeid!!

  • Andgeo

    We have 3 purples, krul, janmaat and sissoko. Abeid, Perez, haidara, Cabella and vukic are promising players but we basically need to start from scratch

  • Andgeo

    Disagree. Neither are premiership.

  • Andgeo

    Totally agree. Watching newcastle for the past 2 seasons has been a complete waste of time. The only decent football we have had since SBR was with the short spell with Keegan and then Houghton as manager.

  • Andgeo

    We need at least 7 international standard players to make a decent team.

  • Steve1221

    Dummett has shown himself to be a solid enough premier league defender, Abeid I’ll give the benefit of the doubt, he had a great season last year in a more advanced role