Once the transfer window closes on Tuesday (1 September), the Newcastle United Premier League squad will have to be submitted.
Newcastle can name a maximum of 25 players, though any Under 21 players are deemed as extra to that list.
For the purposes of this Premier League squad, Under 21 players are as follows:
“An Under 21 player is defined as one who is under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year (2015) in which the season commences”
Where Newcastle benefit with their summer signings is that both Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic qualify as Under 21 players, with Mbemba having turned 21 on 8 August this year, whilst Mitrovic doesn’t turn 21 until 16 September (next month).
At the moment Newcastle have 26 players to fit into their 25 man squad:
Krul, Darlow, Elliot
Coloccini, Dummett, Williamson, Lascelles, Haidara, Janmaat, Taylor, Good
Colback, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Anita, de Jong, Gouffran, Obertan, Thauvin, Tiote, Marveaux, Bigirimana
Cisse, Perez, Riviere, Vuckic
The Under 21 Players
Aarons, Mbemba, Toney, Satka, Kemen, Mitrovic, Barlaser, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Mbabu, Heardman, Roberts, Smith, Sterry
Whilst there are also five players currently out on loan
Ferguson, Armstrong, Cabella, Woodman, Ameobi
Newcastle should have no problem fitting the players into their 25 man squad.
Yes we currently have 26 but any or all of the five in bold above (Elliot, Good, Marveaux, Bigirimana, Vuckic) could quite easily be left out.
Good is long-term injured, whilst the other five clearly don’t have any future at the club. In addition it also appears that the club are keen to sell Yoan Gouffran who hasn’t even made the bench in the Premier League this season.
That leaves us with 20 players in that senior group, with Mitrovic, Mbemba and Aarons obviously part of the first team squad from the Under 21 category, plus Ivan Toney and possibly Olivier Kemen getting a little first team involvement if they don’t go out on loan.
However, IF Newcastle did want to bring in another player in this transfer window, then having too full a squad certainly wouldn’t be a problem.