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Newcastle United named in Top 30 European clubs for average contract duration of first team squad

3 years ago
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A new study has revealed the average length of contract remaining for teams in the big five European leagues, with Newcastle featuring in a surprisingly high position.

The CIES Football Observatory looked at the top tiers of England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Barcelona and Real Madrid top the rankings for the longest average contract duration of first team squad members.

Six out of the eight top ranked clubs are still competing in European Cups (four of them in last eight of the Champions League).

The CIES Football Observatory says that:

‘This illustrates the relationships between long-term planning and success.

On average, a Barcelona first team squad member has 3.23 years of contract remaining. This figure is 3.59 for the 11 players who have been fielded the most in domestic league games so far this year. The longest average contract durations for the other big-5 leagues were measured for Tottenham, LOSC Lille, RB Leipzig and AS Rome.

At the opposite end of the table, the lowest figure overall was observed for the French side Amiens (0.99 years). In three clubs only, the average contract duration of the 11 most fielded players is below one year: Crotone, Benevento and Strasbourg. All the teams at the bottom of the rankings are confronted with the difficulty of renovating their squads without losing competitiveness.’

Newcastle are 30th in this table when it comes to their whole squad, with an average of 2.55 years left on each player’s contract.

However, it is even more impressive when you limit it to the 11 most fielded players used since December – with an average of 3.04 years per player’s contract.

For Newcastle United this is especially good news considering how well the players/team have done in 2018.

The current first eleven including players such as Lascelles and Dummett, who were recently awarded long-term contracts.

The first column below in the CIES table is for each club’s 11 most fielded players in domestic league since 01/01/2018, then the second column is for all squad members of each club:

Hopefully we will shortly see the likes of Kenedy and Dubravka (and others) signed up permanently on long-term deals, to further increase the quality and long-term outlook for Rafa’s team/squad.

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