How many players have Newcastle United got, who are good enough?
When I consider whether players are good enough, I think what would happen if they left St James Park?
What kind of club would they end up with and whether a case of moving to be a first team regular or squad player.
I have gone through the first team senior squad as it stands, with 26 players – including Yoshinori Muto who is waiting for his work permit.
So categorising the players into three groups, I wonder that if they moved on, would it be to another Premier League club as a first team player, or to be a squad player, or the destination would be Championship club or lower.
I make it Newcastle have 10 players who are first team, eight who are squad, and eight who are Championship or lower.
First Team Players: Martin Dubravka
Squad Players: Karl Darlow
Not First Team Squad: Rob Elliot
First Team Players: DeAndre Yedlin, Paul Dummett, Jamaal Lascelles, Florian Lejeune
Squad Players: Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar
Not First Team Squad: Javier Manquillo, Jamie Sterry, Achraf Lazaar
First Team Players: Matt Ritchie, Kenedy, Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey
Squad Players: Christian Atsu, Isaac Hayden, Ki Sung-yueng
Not First Team Squad: Jacob Murphy, Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet
First Team Players: Yoshinori Muto
Squad Players: Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez
Not First Team Squad: Joselu
As you can see, the 10 I consider as first team are: Dubravka, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Yedlin, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Ritchie and Muto.
A bit worrying at how few we have at the moment, plus Lejeune looks out for most/all of the season, Muto still waiting for work permit, whilst Kenedy is just on loan.
For me, we have to wait and see how Schar gets on, whilst many of you would have Perez as a first teamer, but for me I don’t think he has the consistency to get a move elsewhere as first choice in the Premier League.
A lot of work for Rafa Benitez still to do and very little time to do it.
As was shown at the end of last season, Newcastle could just about claw together 10 or 11 players good enough to make up a first team but pretty much zero depth after that, in terms of the team not being hit if a first team regular wasn’t playing.