The Newcastle United squad numbers for the 2018/19 season have been released.

On Friday the club announcing that 27 players had been handed numbers ahead of the Tottenham match tomorrow.

One thing that does appear to be confirmed is that Achraf Lazaar, Henri Saivet and Rolando Aarons have no future at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez.

None of the trio were handed a squad number and of course could still be sold to clubs abroad for the remainder of August, or loaned to clubs in England below the Premier League for the rest of this month.

You can only name a maximum of 25 senior Premier League players in your official PL squad once the transfer window ends.

This doesn’t include those who qualify as Under 21 players (born on or after 1 January 1997) and of these 27 players given squad numbers, three of them – Woodman, Longstaff and Roberts meet that criteria.

So Rafa Benitez actually has only 24 senior ones who have been given a squad number.

Deadline day signings Federico Fernandez has the number 18 shirt, whilst Salomon Rondon will of course wear number nine.

Ki Sung-yueng and Fabian Schar have the numbers four and five respectively.

Yoshinori Muto will wear number 13 and Kenedy once again taking 15 and Martin Dúbravka the number 12 shirt

It remains to be seen if the likes of Sean Longstaff, Freddie Woodman and Callum Roberts are loaned out as well in order to get regular football, plus of course other young players who weren’t handed a squad number.

The full list of Newcastle United squad numbers for 2018/19 is:

1 Rob Elliot

2 Ciaran Clark

3 Paul Dummett

4 Ki Sung-yueng

5 Fabian Schär

6 Jamaal Lascelles

7 Jacob Murphy

8 Jonjo Shelvey

9 Salomón Rondón

10 Mohamed Diamé

11 Matt Ritchie

12 Martin Dúbravka

13 Yoshinori Mutō

14 Isaac Hayden

15 Kenedy

17 Ayoze Pérez

18 Federico Fernández

19 Javier Manquillo

20 Florian Lejeune

21 Joselu

22 DeAndre Yedlin

25 Jamie Sterry

26 Karl Darlow

30 Christian Atsu

36 Sean Longstaff

37 Callum Roberts

41 Freddie Woodman



  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    the 25th squad member is house of fraser, apparently.

  • Milburn_Taylor

    Aarons has wasted his talent

    • SuperDesHamilton

      How can you waste talent when you have none ?

    • Down Under Mag

      He had one good game and lived off that when he was injured. His off the field antics haven’t helped his cause but he is another who has shown some fleeting glimpses of potential but haven’t progressed…be that his own attitude or the ineptness of our coachign staff who knows.

  • East Durham Mag

    Three players have no future at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez and Newcastle have no future under F#cking Fatty. Ironic really.

    • Mark Potter

      Not a ball has been kicked yet in a competitive game. Seven decent signings. No unexpected losses of players who made a significant contribution last year. No reason why we shouldn’t at least repeat last year’s performance.

      #RafaStillHereWeSupportTeam

      • East Durham Mag

        I admire your optimism and hope you are right and i wrong.

        • Down Under Mag

          Much will depend on Rondon and service. I think Shar and Fernandez will fit in nicely at the back, the midfield will have a bit of extra pace in it with Ki and possibly Muto sharing the number 10 role with Perez. A lot will be on Rondon to recapture the form that he showed in Russia. yes, weaker league etc etc, but he still needs to score them – will just be a case of our midfield creating chances and hopefully Rondon being a little less wasteful in front of goal than Mitro or Joselu have proved in the past.

          • East Durham Mag

            We need another lucky season on the injury front too.

        • Jezza

          He’s a troll, marra. Clarko/ghostbuster/Monkseaton etc etc using yet another of his many ID’s.

          • East Durham Mag

            I know Jezza, no abuse flummoxes them and they don’t answer.

  • Jezza

    Yet another damning indictment of how far Ashley has dragged this club down is that the famous Newcastle number 9 shirt will be worn by a player who is only at our club on loan.

    • Mark Potter

      Which is only a technicality as Rafa “wheeled and dealed”, to avoid paying a fee for a player who will be a free agent next year. The fact that the manager gave Rondon the squad number shows his confidence in the player. He knows the significance of the shirt. Are you saying Rafa was wrong?

      • panther

        Rondons pants, he should have got the famous shola 23

        • Mark Potter

          Shola scored 79 goals for the club. Including scoring at the Nou Camp against Barcelona.
          He wore the number 9 shirt during the 2000-01 season. A great local hero, the best Geordie to play for the club other than Shearer in the last 30 years.

          • Carverlier football

            Shola wore 9 in 2000-01 season? Did he swap with Shearer at the end of a match like…?

          • Mark Potter

            I can’t remember this happening, but various sources confirm it. My guess is it was during a season where Shearer was absent through most of it for injury.

          • Carverlier football

            I’m absolutely pushing the nonsense button on that one Mark. Shearer missed a bit of action through injury but he did play that season. There’s no way they would reallocate his number even if he was out the whole season. Plus I’m not even entirely sure Shola had broken into the first team yet… If he had he was a youngster and behind Carl Cort in the pecking order, no way in a million years he’d temporarily get the no 9 shirt. And he didn’t. The fact you can call up his total goals for us but actually think he was temporarily allocated Shearer’s number suggests you have zero knowledge of this club, but do have access to Transfermarkt, but couldn’t be bothered clicking on the link for that season which had Shola as his usual no 23, and showed the previous page to be an error. And that, Mark, is why people block people, not because they’re afraid of debate or are looking for self-confirmation, it’s to wheedle out the trolls who are posting with an agenda which has nothing to do with healthy debate…

          • Mark Potter

            But quoting what is generally a reliable source (Transfermarkt) isn’t an “agenda”. I even say that I don’t remember this happening, because I was not 100% sure what it said was right. I was looking only for information about Ameobi’s goal scoring record, and was surprised by the reference to him wearing the number 9 generally, but particularly at a time when Shearer was alt the club. Wikipedia says:

            [Shola] made his first team debut … 9 September 2000, in a home game against Chelsea. He went on to make 22 appearances for Newcastle that season, in lieu of the injured Alan Shearer and Carl Cort.”

            I ASSUME that is when Bobby Robson gave him the shirt. But if you have evidence that didn’t actually happen, rather than just presenting an argument from incredulity, then I’m happy to retract the statement. But the information available does seem to suggest that Shola did indeed wear the shirt.

            What is certainly never in doubt surely is that he often played in the centre-forward/number 9 role? And, as the quote from Wikipedia shows this even occurred for significant periods while Shearer was at the club. In that case, due to injury, but in our most successful Champions League campaign, Shola (and Lua-Lua) got the opportunity because Shearer (and Bellamy) was banned by EUFA because of video evidence showing violent conduct in an off-the-ball incident. Other times, Shola played with Shearer, for example when Shearer scored his favourite goal against Everton, it was setup for him by Shola. But I don’t think Shearer was playing when we played Barcelona at the Nou Camp, and Shola scored. Nor when Shola scored against Man Utd in an FA Cup semi-final. We lost both games, 3-1 I think in both cases, but neither were because of Shola.

            If I have an “agenda”, it is to point out that Shola, by any objective measurement, has been among an esteemed list as one of the greatest goal scorers for the club in modern times. And one of only three Geordies in that list. He played for the club for a long time, and lived the dream we ordinary supporters could never achieve. I wonder why some people hate him so much? To me, for his goals against the Mackems alone, he is a hero. If Rondon, can achieve half of what Shola did, scoring 30-40 goals for the club, then I’ll be happy.

            But apparently liking a Geordie hero, even before his recent comments, is being a troll. Why are some people so triggered by Shola, but not by Shearer, Beardsley, Waddle, Gascoigne, Howey, Elliott, Clark, Harper or Dummett? What is it about him they find so difficult to accept?

      • Down Under Mag

        I didn’t think he was a free agent – he signed a 1-year contract extention before coming on loan didn’t he??

        • Damon Horner

          Yes he did, well automatically triggered anyway.

    • Ram Kishore

      Come on man.. give the player a chance.. no matter if he’s on loan or not. He’s our player for this season.. its the player that makes the number great not the reverse

  • TheFatController

    Every club has shifted deadwood and brought in improvements.

    Apologists make our we’ve stolen a march on opposition with this miraculous ‘sell players not playing and buy players more likely to play’ strategy. Only Spurs haven’t fallen into the obvious trap that money buys players, buys results. Apart from every other window when they add big money signings to their squad.

    Fulham spent £100m – I presume they are thinking they’re actually stronger than the team that got them promoted ? Who knows?

    Brighton spent net £50m, but I don’t know if that makes them stronger really? 97.2% of expensive players flop* so more fool them, I think we can all agree.

    * exclusive research privvy only to apologists but true nonetheless

    • Jezza

      When “Taggart” was Manchester manager he broke the British transfer record 17 times and they won trophy after trophy.

      • TheFatController

        When Man City were in the third tier, they didn’t spend as much on players.

        Now they spend big, are they really any better off on the field ?

        • Ben Jones

          ^’I want a sugar daddy but I know what people will think if I say that so I say meaningless statements like ‘sucking the soul’ and ‘back pocket’ and ‘we just want a team that tries’ but these are all bogus empty statements that,once delved into contain no substance, I want my sugar daddy’

          • Ram Kishore

            It’s getting hard to put up few comments.. yes the transfer window wasn’t good.. The summer was chaotic but the window has ended.. no more transfer window madness anymore .. good thing that transfer window deadline was moved early.
            They wanted a team that tries, give them a chance

          • Damon Horner

            Problem is other European clubs can target english based players so still an avenue into unsettling squads. I feel mixed because I do think the squad looks better this season but with our outlay, could it have been even better?

          • Ram Kishore

            It could have been better IMO especially with a player bringing in extra quality at the Second striker or Cam.. want our team to score and create more..
            I don’t think any of our players were linked to foreign clubs, and maybe only player who’s a bit unsettled is Hayden but won’t be going outside of England unless he prefers a loan move to championship.. we don’t have a bloated squad and just two excess players in Saivet and Lazar.. no one to unsettle any of our players ig..

          • Ram Kishore

            I suppose it’s 3 Am in Britain.. still awake?
            Where ya from Ben?

          • Kenny

            He’s a troll

          • Kenny

            Troll 🤡

          • TheFatController

            Gloriously missing the point whilst ranting against people that don’t be like Mike Ashley.

            Because not liking mike Ashley makes you both wrong and strange, given how well liked and respected he is everywhere he goes because he’s just misunderstood or treated with huge bias for some unknown reason by a handful.

        • Jezza

          Ah yes, Man City, a perfect example that spending big doesn’t guarantee success. It’s not as if the Russian money has transformed Chelsea from a trophyless club yo-yo-ing between the top two divisions either, ha ha.

    • Down Under Mag

      While we did need to go after bigger targets, cover for certain areas and proven talent, look at how much Liverpool and Chelsea just paid for a friggen goalkeeper…are their new keepers really THAT much better than what we saw from Dubravka last season? While Ashley still needs to go, there is nothign saying that because we got some of the players on the cheap that we won’t end up seeing a good player emerge… The biggest concern if Rafa wanted players that we didn’t get because we wouldn’t spend ANYTHING and then had to make do with 3rd and 4th choice targets.

      • TheFatController

        If it’s better it pay £5m than £66m, explain saivet, Joselu and Riviere against, say, a de Bruyne or Aguerro?

        Plus you’ve missed my point. Everyone is better than last season, because of the money sloshing around.

        We lost 3 basket cases of clubs last season to relegation and they are replaced with two big spenders, one of which used contacts to get quality on the cheap.

        Look at everton’s signings. Clubs have all learnt, spent, improved massively – we’re a little bit better maybe in terms of squad but not first team. Everyone else’s first team has a record signing (or three or four) to make a difference.

        Pray someone’s manager messes up because on the first team side, the PL had taken a mega billion leap forward over then summer …

  • Kev-82

    I know these guys aren’t important players but why would you leave an empty squad space while we are still paying their wages? Hopefully they are moved on by the end of the month.

    • Ram Kishore

      I saw the training video, posted two days back and saivet was there and ig Aarons is there..

  • Duh

    Don’t worry, according to the chronny the nufc scouts are already looking for January signings

    • Leicester Mag

      Tomorrow tomorrow 🐎🥕