Like every other Premier League club, after the end of August Rafa Benitez had to name the (up) to 25 senior players in his Newcastle United squad.

Within that squad, each club had to submit a 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 met the home grown quota, with 10 of the 25 named being HGP, the squad shown below.

Newcastle United

25 Squad players (*=Home grown)

Clark, Ciaran*

Darlow, Karl*

Diame, Mohamed

Dubravka, Martin

Dummett, Paul*

Elliot, Robert*

Fernandez, Federico

Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez

Hayden, Isaac Scot*

Ki, Sung Yueng

Lascelles, Jamaal*

Lazaar, Achraf

Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude

Manquillo Gaitan, Javier

Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis

Murphy, Jacob Kai*

Muto, Yoshinori

Nunes Nascimento, Robert Kenedy

Ritchie, Matthew Thomas*

Rondon, Jose Solomon

Schar, Fabian Lukas

Shelvey, Jonjo*

Sterry, Jamie Michael*

Twasam, Christian Atsu

Yedlin, Deandre

However, the FA have now drawn up proposals to deal with Brexit, under which the balance will change and clubs can only have 13 that are not home grown, meaning the other 12 places are for home grown, rather than just eight at the minute.

The FA insist they will push through this plan even if Brexit doesn’t happen.

The FA plan is in response to the government asking them and the Premier League & Football League to agree a joint policy, which they (the Government) would then back and put into operation.

Premier League bosses have expressed their opposition but the FA has the backing of the Home Office and for once, their (the FA’s) will is confidently expected to win over the wishes of the Premier League.

If PL clubs don’t agree with FA plans they know it could/would be a disaster because a ‘no deal’ situation would mean there would be then the same criteria for players from European Union countries, as there is currently for non-EU players. Under those rules 65% of European players currently with PL clubs would not have met the GBE (Governing Body Endorsement) allowing them to play in England.

Regardless of the Brexit result, the FA is committed to ensuring more English players will be featuring in the Premier League in the future.

Any change won’t come into effect until 2021 at the earliest and the FA is hoping to encourage clubs to agree by offering to relax the GBE criteria for Premier League clubs recruiting players from South America, Africa and Asia, making it as easy to sign them as players from Europe.

Of the 10 current NUFC home grown players, four are first team choices – Lascelles, Shelvey, Ritchie, Dummett.

Whilst the other six are making up the numbers – Clark, Murphy, Sterry, Hayden, Darlow, Elliot.

By reducing the number of overseas players allowed in Premier League squads, it would automatically increase the value of home grown players as more would be needed in squads.



  • Wor Lass

    That`s nothing. The Chronic have really delved deep for this triumph of useful investigative journalism: “The 10 EU players Newcastle United would’ve struggled to sign with proposed new Brexit rules”. Waugh for a pulitzer prize?

    • Ashley-out

      stopped reading the chronicle

    • Leazes.

      You beat me to it…. this is a case of the FA jumping before being pushed…. the also-rans (that’s us) are going to be the ones hit by brexit because we take non-current Internationals on the cheap with EU passports like Lazaar.

      The top clubs are still going to get clearance for top players, whilst the squad fillers are going to be from a diminished marketplace.

      • Wor Lass

        Yep, a bit like FFP with clubs like Man Citeh and PSG. Both articles are actually about the same thing but the Chronic just had to make it sound like a musical hall joke. It`s a gift they have.

        • Peaky

          Just curious and nothing to do with the article but are “Christine And The Queens” big in France ? 🇫🇷🇫🇷

          • Wor Lass

            Not sure, Peaky, but probably. They play a couple of her songs on RTL2. The music scene over here is seriously weird. Talk about stuck in a time warp. A bit back, one of the more “with it” neighbours asked me if I was going to buy the new Simple Minds album!!

          • Peaky

            😂😂 couldn’t stand Simple Minds in the 80’s….always thought they were a poor more poppy version of U2.

          • Wor Lass

            My thought exactly. Mind, I did like Alive and Kicking and The Belfast Child. The radio over here is dire. They have a really limited range of songs. We used to haave a competition to guess what would be playing on the radio when we put it on in the car. There were 4 of us, 12 years back, when the kids were young and it was always a variation of Sting, U2, Phil Collins and Depeche Mode. The race was who could say Sting first he was the percentage bet (still is). If you`ve got a pop nostalgia quiz coming up spend a day listening to French radio you`ll ace it!

          • Rich Lawson

            Dreadful,tho’ did see them early on supporting Magazine,think they had a song called ”I travel” that Peel played,what a different band,Kerr was stick thin and had his face plastered in white pancake make up,with a bizarre hair cut ! Later had a mate who kept trying to get me into New Gold Dream, I still like ”Don’t Forget about Me” but as you say they’ve built a career on the back of U2.

          • Peaky

            Listening to True Meanings by Weller at the minute….a fantastic album….up there with his very best imo….very very laid back…..saw him at the Arena about 6 years ago and he basically did a greatest hits gig going from The Jam to The Style Council to his solo stuff…great night.

          • Rich Lawson

            Loved The Jam,saw them many times,including the 1st time they played Newcastle at the Mayfair when i seem to rmbr some idiot had booked them for the friday night,traditionally a hard rock/metal night. The glasses flew in and Weller actually kicked a chair off stage.He was always full of suppressed anger at the time.They weathered the storm and were great. The Rich Kids didn’t manage so well,bottle or glass to the head took Midge Ure out just a couple of numbers in. Happy days.

          • Rich Lawson

            You’ll blend in better if you get a copy of Johnny Hallyday’s greatest hits !

        • Rich Lawson

          Speaking of Music Hall,love to have heard what ”The Little Waster” would have made of our current predicament in his act,as opposed to ”The Big Waster” who now owns the club ?

          • Wor Lass

            I loved that line about, “Is my dinner still warm, pet?” “Aye, it should be – it`s been on the back of the fire for two hours!” Of course Ashley eats his dinner before it gets put on the back of the fire.

          • Rich Lawson

            One of those regional acts that are unique to a part of the country but hilarious,Chic Murray in Scotland was another that didn’t travel but I thought was brilliant.

  • JohnnyH

    Pity the fat one has decided youth academies are a waste of time then………

  • Mxpx

    Brexit will not change anything in terms of Europeans being able to play in the Premier league even if we ever actually leave which I believe will be done in name only I’d argue raising the number of homegrown players to 17 is all well and good BUT only on the conditions that a player of any age is considered homegrown after 3 years as we all know pavel is a geordie and to suggest that players like solano Albert and even cabaye should not be considered in the same light would be unfair much like other clubs have foreigners that have been there years if anyone wants to tell me Patrick viera Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp should have been considered overseas players all along I’d disagree