Which Newcastle United players are you counting on this season?

At the moment Rafa Benitez has 25 senior players, although we all naturally hope there will be significant moves in and out in these next 8 days until transfer deadline.

Yoshinori Muto is just waiting for his work permit which would take us back up to 26 senior players.

However, Wednesday morning has seen claims that Henri Saivet is heading to Turkey on loan.

So I have settled on these 25 Newcastle United players at the moment, with Muto included and Saivet out.

I have rated the squad from top to bottom in terms of most valuable, that is not necessarily in terms of potential transfer valuation, instead it is what I believe their value to the club/Rafa this coming season.

That of course also takes into account a lack of strength in depth in certain positions, plus of course we are all hoping that more new signings will come in who would go to the very top of this list…

Move valuable Newcastle United players for 2018/19 season:

Jamaal Lascelles

Kenedy

Martin Dubravka

Mohamed Diame

Jonjo Shelvey

Florian Lejeune

Yoshinori Muto

Dwight Gayle

DeAndre Yedlin

Matt Ritchie

Paul Dummett

Ciaran Clark

Ki Sung-yueng

Ayoze Perez

Fabian Schar

Christian Atsu

Karl Darlow

Isaac Hayden

Rob Elliot, Javier Manquillo, Jamie Sterry, Achraf Lazaar, Jacob Murphy, Rolando Aarons, Joselu

This last group of seven players, I don’t really have any opinion on, other than I don’t think any of them are good enough. None of them, for my money, able to offer anything to the first team this coming season.

At the other end of the spectrum though, easy to select Jamaal Lascelles as NUFC’s most valuable, the stats when he was and wasn’t playing last season say it all.

In fact, I would say the whole half dozen at the top of this list were very easy to select, based on last season.

Dubravka and Kenedy came in and transformed our fortunes at both ends of the pitch, whilst the centre midfield and centre of defence were the solid foundations on which Premier League survival was achieved.

On that basis, it is gutting to have already lost my sixth highest choice, Florian Lejeune, who is set to miss most, if not all, of the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

After that half dozen, I am going with the largely unknown quantity of Muto, though surely he will be able to offer more than any of our current striking options.

I have Dwight Gayle at number eight but much of that is due to the fact that he is still our only out and out striker who could potentially score goals. That situation must surely change, but there again we said that last season, then ended up with Joselu in the summer and then an injured Slimani on loan in January.

Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett are next up, two very steady players who have zero competition for their places.

Ciaran Clark is maybe a little higher due to now knowing that Lejeune is now out, Rafa will almost certainly use him ahead of waiting to see how Schar can adapt to the Premier League.

Ki Sung-yueng and Ayoze Perez feature next on my list, two players who are set to be back-up as Rafa tries to build some sort of strength in depth on limited funds.

When you then throw in Atsu, Darlow and Hayden that gets you up to a matchday 18 (17 without Florian Lejeune), although both the first team and that overall matchday squad could do with some more serious investment in this transfer window.

Whether that happens could well decide our fate this season.

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  • Alec Nicolson

    any more (long-term) injuries to any of first team and we will be royally screwed. We always seem to lack any squad depth, sigh being a nufc supporter and trying to remain positive is hard work!

    • Ron

      Very hard work especially since we’ve already been royally screwed!

    • Garry Norman

      For years we’ve been a case of being a decent PL fully-fit starting 11, but no depth at all.

  • Paul Patterson

    Lascelles, Kenedy, Shelvey, Dubravka, Perez and Shelvey are our key 6 players and the glue is Rafa.

    • Ben Jones

      And Shelvey don’t forget about Shelvey

    • Paul Patterson

      Whoops.

  • NUFCDan

    So our top goal scorer last season is less important than 3rd choice centre back?

    • Paul Patterson

      I find Perez vastly underrated. People talk about looking for a new no10, I personally think it’s a position we can afford to forget about, unless it’s cover . .

      • ScreamStevie

        Perez has very good technique. Look at some of the goals he scored last season; they are not just tap-ins. Rafa holds him in high regard but at the moment he’s feeding off scraps, although 8 Prem goals wasn’t too shabby under the circumstances (same as Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie and Kenedy combined). If we had a good number 9 then he’d do even better but some fans on here expect him to knock defenders around and create goals out of nothing.

  • Tino11

    Why no article on all the supporters groups joining together? That should be the main story!

  • Jezza

    It remains to be seen whether Lascelles will be at Rafa’s disposal next season. The money for investing in that department shop has to come from somewhere.

    • Ben Jones

      Boycoutt House of Lascelles

      • EveryoneBlockBenJones

        Boycott Ben Jones

    • TheNutJob

      don`t think he`ll sell him with the injury to Lejeune, then again yo never know with fatty

      • Jezza

        You do know with Fatty, that’s the problem. If there’s money on offer he’ll take it every time without fail.

  • Peaky

    The most valuable thing to Newcastle United are the fans…..and fatcunt knows that fine well….

  • TeessideMag

    Joselu
    Manquillo
    Slimani
    Toney
    Sels
    Hanley
    Lazaar
    Thauvin
    Saivet
    Cabella
    Siem De Jong
    Luuke De Jong
    Riviere
    Ferreyra
    Yanga-Mbiwa
    Good
    Haidara
    Gouffran
    Bigirimana
    Amalfitano
    Abeid
    Obertan
    Marveaux
    Xisco
    Bassong
    Cacapa

    The sheer amount of dross that have come through the club doors since Ashley took over is astounding. Seeing it listed is something else. Have I missed anyone? Imagine the amount of money wasted over the years on transfer fee’s agent fee’s and wages… going for the budget option every time…

    • steve

      Thauvin is now being valued at enough to cover all of those signings.

    • Toontaff

      Where’s old man Doumbia? We were asking that throughout his staycation!

      • TeessideMag

        How I got Ferreyra and not Doumbia.. At least Doumbia made that one sub appearance

    • Jezza

      It’s not just the huge pile of dross that has come to the club under Ashley that is shocking it’s also the number of genuine quality players who have been flogged off to the highest bidder at the first given opportunity.

  • ghostrider

    Jamaal Lascelles…..40 million plus?
    Martin Dubravka…..8 million plus?
    Mohamed Diame…..6 million plus?
    Jonjo Shelvey…….20 million plus?
    Florian Lejeune…..20 million plus?
    Dwight Gayle……. 15 million?
    DeAndre Yedlin….8 million plus?
    Matt Ritchie…..15 million?
    Paul Dummett……10 million?
    Ciaran Clark……6 million?
    Ki Sung-yueng….5 million plus?
    Ayoze Perez……10 million plus?
    Fabian Schar…..3 million?
    Christian Atsu….6 million?
    Karl Darlow…..3 million?
    Isaac Hayden…..5 million?
    Rob Elliot,…3 million?
    Javier Manquillo,…2 million?
    Jamie Sterry,…..?
    Achraf Lazaar,…..?
    Jacob Murphy,….5 million plus?
    Rolando Aarons,…..?
    Joselu…..?

    About 190 million potentially and that’s without adding in the rest plus others we have.
    And people say this club is not worth 400 million.
    Seriously?

    • Garry Norman

      It did amaze me when people were Slagging off the ¬£400m price tag. I think in the current market you’ve been a bit conservative on some of those values too.

      • ghostrider

        I have been conservative. I did that so it gave much more credence to what I was saying.