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Updated ’25 man’ Newcastle United squad named – 2 surprise names included

3 years ago
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The updated Newcastle United squad has now been revealed.

The deadline was on Friday for all Premier League clubs to submit their new 25 man senior squads after the January transfer window.

In the end Newcastle could only name 24 senior players and even then there was a story behind it.

Having lost five of their 25 man squad in January (Mitrovic, Sterry, Saivet, Aarons and Colback), I was confused when I quickly added up the names on the updated squad to find it added up to even 24.

With only loan signings Dubravka and Slimani added (Kenedy) qualifies as one of the Under 21 players (see below), it should surely be only 22.

However, when I then went back and checked, Newcastle have added Macauley Gillesphey and Curtis Good to make up the numbers. Two players who haven’t featured for Newcastle in the Premier League this season and clearly there won’t be any plans to do so in the remaining games, barring an injury nightmare…

If you take away that pair, as well as the three goalkeepers included, that means Newcastle have only 19 senior outfield players to choose from, plus Merino and Kenedy from the Under 21 list.

Considering Jesus Gamez appears to be permanently injured and the likes of Massadio Haidara looks nowhere near good enough, as well as a general lack of quality, it is obvious now that there is also not an ideal situation with numbers either. On any given Premier League matchday, Rafa Benitez’ 18 man squad must more or less pick itself from now until the end of the season.

When Newcastle have been left with in reality only a 22 man senior squad, including the three keepers, there clearly was room for another three players to be included in case they are needed.

Apart from saving a few quid, was there any point is sending so many fringe players out on loan in January?

Newcastle have now got a record 19 players out on loan, both senior and more junior players.

There has been talk of the current Newcastle United wage bill being massive and a major reason why Rafa Benitez hasn’t been allowed to strengthen his squad properly, when you look at both the quality and the numbers in this updated NUFC squad, it is very difficult to see how it adds up to such a massive wage bill, certainly compared to pretty much every other Premier League club.

The 24 man senior squad is detailed below, as well as the 50+ Under 21 list which includes Kenedy.

The Official Premier League site:

After the closing of the January transfer window each Premier League club had until 12:00 GMT, 2 February to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria.

The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be homegrown.

An HGP means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).

Changes to the squad list of 25 may be made during the period of a transfer window.

Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad. For 2017/18 Under-21 players will have been born on or after 1 January 1996.

Each club squad list is below as well as an additional list of each club’s registered Under-21 players who are eligible over and above the squad limit of 25 players.

Newcastle United

25 Squad players

Clark, Ciaran*

Darlow, Karl*

Diame, Mohamed

Dubravka, Martin

Dummett, Paul*

Elliot, Robert*

Gamez Duarte, Jesus

Gayle, Dwight Devon Boyd*

Gillesphey, Macauley*

Good, Curtis

Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez

Haidara, Massadio

Hayden, Isaac Scot*

Lascelles, Jamaal*

Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude

Manquillo Gaitan, Javier

Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis

Mbemba, Chancel Mangulu

Murphy, Jacob Kai*

Ritchie, Matthew Thomas*

Shelvey, Jonjo*

Slimani, Islam

Twasam, Christian Atsu

Yedlin, Deandre

U21 players (Contract and Scholars)

Allan, Thomas David

Allen, Max

Aplin, Kieren Glen

Armstrong, Adam James

Aziakonou, Yannick

Bailey, Owen John Edward

Barlaser, Daniel Tan

Barrett, Ryan Thomas

Bartlett, Tyrique

Cameron, Kyle Milne

Cass, Lewis Graham

Charman, Luke

Cole, Thomas Anthony

Cumbreras, Jesus Nunez

Fernandez Satue, Victor

Gallacher, Owen John

Gamblin, Isaac William

Gibson, Liam Steven

Gilliead, Alex Nicholas

Goodridge, Mace Lewin

Harker, Nathan

Heaney, Mackenzie

Hunter, Jack David

Huuhtanen, Otto Eemeli

Joyce, Samuel Edward

Kitchen, Benjamin

Langley, Daniel David

Long, Oliver James

Longstaff, Matthew Ben

Longstaff, Sean David

Madia, Deese Kasinga

McEntee, Oisin Michael

McNall, Lewis

Merino Zazon, Mikel

Newberry, Michael

Nunes Nascimento, Robert Kenedy

O’Connor, Stefan Ramone Sewell

Pearson, Brendan Conor

Roberts, Callum

Robson, Jack

Russell, Kurtis

Sangare, Mohammed

Smith, Callum

Sorensen, Elias Fritjof Graenge

Spooner, Craig

Toney, Ivan Benjamin Elijah

Walters, Oliver Reece

Ward, Daniel John

Watts, Kelland John William James

Williams, Callum Dylan

Wilson, Adam Ayiro

Woodman, Frederick John

Woolston, Paul Hudson

Yarney, Josef Charles

Young, Jack

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