The Newcastle United Premier League squad has been revealed.
At the end of each transfer window, every top tier club has to present a list of up to 25 senior players who are allowed to then play in the Premier League.
With loans still allowed to EFL clubs until the end of August and most major European Leagues not closing their windows until the end of August, the Premier League still gave clubs until the end of August to confirm who they were including.
Each Premier League club had to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” (HGP) criteria.
The rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be Home Grown.
An HGP means a player who, irrespective of nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to The Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons, or 36 months, before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).
Newcastle easily meet the home grown quota, with 10 of the 25 named being HGP.
The big surprise is that despite not even allocating him a squad number in early August, Rafa Benitez has included Achraf Lazaar in this 25 man squad that will take us through until the January window when changes can be made.
However, Rolando Aarons, who also wasn’t allocated a squad number last month, hasn’t been included in this official 25 man PL squad, meaning he can’t play in this first half of the season.
With Florian Lejeune likely to be missing until at least that January window change, Rafa could potentially have included Aarons rather than Lejeune. Obviously it would be a massive lift if Lejeune did come back earlier that any of us expected.
Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad. For the 2018/19 campaign Under-21 players will have been born on or after 1 January 1997.
Freddie Woodman and Sean Longstaff are amongst those who qualify as Under 21s.
Listed below are the 25 senior players in the squad, plus 39 under-21 players (Contract and Scholars).
There was a massive clearout of the younger age groups by Rafa Benitez at the end of last season and this is reflected in the fact that the number of under 21 players (contract and scholars) has dropped from 52 to 39.
25 Squad players (*=Home grown)
Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez
Hayden, Isaac Scot*
Ki, Sung Yueng
Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude
Manquillo Gaitan, Javier
Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis
Murphy, Jacob Kai*
Nunes Nascimento, Robert Kenedy
Ritchie, Matthew Thomas*
Rondon, Jose Solomon
Schar, Fabian Lukas
Sterry, Jamie Michael*
Twasam, Christian Atsu
Under-21 players (Contracts and Scholars)
Allan, Thomas David
Bailey, Owen John Edward
Barlaser, Daniel Tan
Barrett, Ryan Thomas
Brown, William George
Cass, Lewis Graham
Cole, Thomas Anthony
Cumbreras, Jesus Nunez
Ebanks, Tai Graham
Fernandez Satue, Victor
Gamblin, Lucas Ralph
Gibson, Liam Steven
Huuhtanen, Otto Eemeli
Joyce, Samuel Edward
Langley, Daniel David
Longstaff, Matthew Ben
Longstaff, Sean David
Madia, Deese Kasinga
McEntee, Oisin Michael
O’Connor, Stefan Ramone Sewell
Rounsfell, George David Alan
Sorensen, Elias Fritjof Graenge
Swailes, Jude Christopher
Toure, Fode Yannick
Walters, Oliver Reece
Watts, Kelland John William James
Wilson, Adam Ayiro
Woodman, Frederick John
Yarney, Josef Charles