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.
25 Squad players
Gamez Duarte, Jesus
Gayle, Dwight Devon Boyd*
Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez
Hayden, Isaac Scot*
Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude
Manquillo Gaitan, Javier
Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis
Mbemba, Chancel Mangulu
Murphy, Jacob Kai*
Ritchie, Matthew Thomas*
Twasam, Christian Atsu
U21 players (Contract and Scholars)
Allan, Thomas David
Aplin, Kieren Glen
Armstrong, Adam James
Bailey, Owen John Edward
Barlaser, Daniel Tan
Barrett, Ryan Thomas
Cameron, Kyle Milne
Cass, Lewis Graham
Cole, Thomas Anthony
Cumbreras, Jesus Nunez
Fernandez Satue, Victor
Gallacher, Owen John
Gamblin, Isaac William
Gibson, Liam Steven
Gilliead, Alex Nicholas
Goodridge, Mace Lewin
Hunter, Jack David
Huuhtanen, Otto Eemeli
Joyce, Samuel Edward
Langley, Daniel David
Long, Oliver James
Longstaff, Matthew Ben
Longstaff, Sean David
Madia, Deese Kasinga
McEntee, Oisin Michael
Merino Zazon, Mikel
Nunes Nascimento, Robert Kenedy
O’Connor, Stefan Ramone Sewell
Pearson, Brendan Conor
Sorensen, Elias Fritjof Graenge
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