There were 25 Newcastle players named in the official Premier League squad this summer.

Those senior players supplemented by the likes of Mikel Merino who qualified as an Under 21 player and additional to the 25 who were named.

The question Newcastle supporters are increasingly asking, is how many of the Newcastle players below are good enough to play in the Premier League.

My answer is six.

I have divided the squad up into descending categories.

Starting with those I think are good enough at the minute to play for a Premier League top half team, then those simply good enough to play for a lowly top tier team, then good enough to come on as a PL sub, before those who I still haven’t decided on, and then the bulk of them (15) who are no better than Championship level – in my opinion.

Good enough to play in Premier League Top 10:

Jamaal Lascelles

Good enough to play in Premier League:

Jonjo Shelvey, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Mikel Merino

Good enough to be a Premier League Sub:

Christian Atsu

Not seen enough yet:

Isaac Hayden, Rolando Aarons, Florian Lejeune, DeAndre Yedlin, Jacob Murphy, Freddie Woodman

Championship Level :

Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mohammed Diame, Chancel Mbemba, Javier Manquillo, Ayoze Perez, Joselu, Henri Saivet, Massadio Haidara, Karl Darlow, Jesus Gamez, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Jack Colback, Jamie Sterry

Going through the categories, I think Jamaal Lascelles is the only one to show he currently has the ability and character if playing for a top half Premier League club.

The next group of Shelvey, Clark, Merino, Gayle and Ritchie can all do a job to varying degrees for a bottom half team such as Newcastle in my opinion, whilst I think Merino is capable over a period of time of showing he could join Lascelles at that higher level.

I think Atsu might be good enough to get on the bench of a PL lower team but after that, it is slim pickings.

I have put half a dozen others in a ‘not seen enough yet’ category and for me they still have it all to prove.

In the short-term I am most hopeful of Yedlin showing he can handle it, He certainly has the pace and at times his attacking play is very good – but his defending so far this season is unconvincing. In the longer-term, Woodman is an exciting prospect and capable of going to the very top level.

As for the other four of Lejeune, Murphy, Aarons and Hayden, I have maybe been a little generous, as they have been pretty poor overall, but for me there is still hope for them.

As for the rest, it isn’t that they aren’t capable of playing the odd match in the Premier League but I don’t think any of them would get a game as first choice at another top tier club.

Harsh maybe…but true.

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  • Leicester Mag

    Maybe Ashley thinks we play 5 a side. I’d wager if you did the same analysis for every other club the numbers would be depressingly higher.

  • Leazes Ender

    I think you got that just about spot on Dale.

  • Nut

    Just about spot on, however I would argue we haven’t seen enough of either Mitrovic or Mbemba to actually judge either. Benitez just doesn’t seem to fancy either, perhaps that tells it’s own story but the glimpses we have seen of them have shown promise at times.

    • Padraig O’Hagan

      Nobody has ever explained to us Old Farts who I remember watching Millburn,Mitchel,The Robledos, Why,the support of 50’000 plus Fans have watched,,to be honest,minor Towns , City’s like
      Who have less than half the support, do well,albeit some not but are we really so bereft of ideas of how to play or are we just a Fans cash cow without results continually?
      IMO the influx of of Foreign Players May bring flair but do they really have the bottle to play to their Max effort in the rain and ice?
      I think not.
      It used to be said that the cause of the Toons demise was not results on the field but the results of the Quayside nightspots And Clubs.
      I ran a Club in the Toon!The Players got wasted a lot but then again they have a short career ,who can blame them except their massive wages deserved some effort,or was it the Managers and more importantly the Scouts?

  • mentalman

    Dummett has shown he’s a competent premier league defender as has Mbemba.

    Sterry should be in the not seen enough category and you could even add Saivet, Gamez and perhaps Darlow into that group and move yedlin down to championship level

    • Leazes Ender


      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        some of them or all of them

    • hetonmag

      Totally disagree with you Dummett showed his limitations last time we were in the premier, and Mbemba showed in the last two games he played he has his limitations also.

      • mentalman

        sell the pair of them and i’d bet they would both go to other premier league clubs

        • hetonmag

          Doubt it.

    • Mike Adam

      Yes, much too harsh on Darlow. People forget when a keeper makes a mistake it usually leads to a goal. “ALL” players make mistakes.

  • HTL

    they are all good enough to play in the premier league, Because they are the players we have. (unless new players come in and improve the squad covering our weaker areas, then some may be classed as not needed).

  • Peaky Magpie

    SloMo,Hoss,Mannequin & Brylcreem would struggle in the 2nd tier of Scottish football.

  • HarryHype59

    Mbemba is good enough to play regularly at CB, if he is paired with the correct partner!

  • 1957

    The fact that Hayden is picking up yellows cards at a rate of one every two games suggests the PL is beyond him at the moment. He has very much taken up Colback’s role in the team…reckless and often needless challenges. He could easily make 15 cards this season which would mean he would have missed 6 games.

    If his problem is the pace of the game he won’t make it, its the one thing coaching can’t give you.

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    I’ve seen enough of Yedlin with the USMNT to know he’s top class on his day. He can be frustrating, but he’s absolutely got all the tools to be an automatic start for us for the next 3-5 years.

  • Joseph Conrad

    Mbemba, Mitroviic and Aarons all, in my view, have good potential to do well in the premier league. None of them have been offered any opportunity, which says it all really. The manager, for reasons which remain mysterious, is not making the most of his resources, and of a squad which is far from being the worst in the league. Do people really think that Brighton, Huddersfield, even Burnley, have better individual players? The situation is not helped by “supporters” and press who routinely rubbish the players, including, in the case of critics of Mitrovic, criticising the performances of someone who is not actually playing! It’s what the psychologists call displacement activity. Yes, Ashley deserves to be held to account but it is not “disloyal” to also subject the manager to scrutiny for selection, tactics and performances. This is not to ask for his dismissal, support should be offered but it should not be based on blind trust.

    • Tomb

      Agreed Mitrovic and Mbemba are certainly good enough for the prem. Bournemouth have 6 or 7 players who wouldn’t get into our team. The likes of Huddersfield Swansea Brighton and Burnley aren’t filled with quality names either but are well coached. We have a weak squad but let’s not pretend it’s worse than it is just to defend Rafa

      • Geordiegiants

        What a load of b0llocks.

  • Hughie

    Elliot is a PL standard keeper – otherwise your analysis is fair

  • 1ewis

    All the players are good enough to play in the Premier League. You look at Burnley and Leicester when they won the title. They were relegation contenders and now where they are. Sort out the defence, cut out the mistakes, hit them on the counter and we should do fine.

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  • Geordiegiants

    I think your analysis is spot on.