This Newcastle United squad is performing at the moment, as a team that is greater than its parts.
The commitment and passion for the club, fans and manager is obvious.
However, it is giving a lie to the idea that local homegrown players are essential to a club’s success.
Of the 24 man Newcastle United squad currently at Rafa Benitez’ disposal, only Paul Dummett is homegrown.
Born and bred a Newcastle fan and now playing for ‘his club’.
As you can see below, Jamaal Lascelles was born the next closest to Newcastle and that was 142 miles away in Derby!
Interesting to analyse the squad and 10 of them were born in England, with actually a very surprising reliance on players from London, you know, those people we are all supposed to hate. If you include Chelmsford-born Isaac Hayden, then six of the NUFC squad hail from the capital.
As for our overseas stars, we have three born in France and four in Spain (incl Tenerife born Ayoze Perez).
When it comes to who was born furthest away from St James Park, Kenedy comfortably wins that one, some 5,938 miles away in Brazil.
Stats put together by The Times of how far away from Newcastle each member of the squad was born (number of miles as the crow flies – not by road):
0 Paul Dummett (Newcastle Upon Tyne)
142 Jamaal Lascelles (Derby)
102 Karl Darlow (Northampton – A mistake by The Times, it is 192 not 102)
240 Isaac Hayden (Chelmsford)
241 Ciaran Clark (Harrow, London)
243 Jacob Murphy (Wembley, London)
244 Dwight Gayle (Walthamstow, London)
247 Jonjo Shelvey (Romford, London)
251 Rob Elliot (Greenwich, London)
290 Matt Ritchie (Gosport)
456 Massadio Haidara (Trappes, France)
456 Florian Lejeune (Paris, France)
462 Mohamed Diame (Creteil, France)
629 Joselu (Stuttgart, Germany)
842 Mikel Merino (Pamplona, Spain)
948 Martin Dubravka (Zilina, Slovakia)
1,012 Javier Manquillo (Madrid, Spain)
1,280 Islam Slimani (Algiers, Algeria)
1,283 Jesus Gamez (Fuengirola, Spain)
1,974 Ayoze Perez (Tenerife)
3,405 Christian Atsu (Ada Foah, Ghana)
4,223 Chancel Mbemba (Kinshasa, DR Congo)
4,563 DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle, USA)
5,938 Kenedy (Santa Rito do Sapucai, Brazil)