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This team based on 11 Newcastle United players to play most minutes in pre-season friendlies

1 month ago
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With only seven days to go until Newcastle host Arsenal, interesting to see how many minutes on the pitch for each of the Newcastle United players in the pre-season friendlies.

So have the right players got the right number of minutes this summer?

Newcastle have played Wolves, West Ham, Preston, Hibs and St Etienne, with a maximum of 450 minutes available for each player (ignoring injuries etc).

These are the eleven highest:

347 Lascelles, 342 Hayden, 330 Shelvey, 292 Manquillo, 289 Schar, 283 Fernandez, 238 Muto, 227 Aarons, 222 Longstaff (S), 186 Colback, 184 Murphy

It pretty much mirrors Newcastle’s two strongest areas, where they also have strength in depth.

Centre-backs Lascelles, Schar and Fernandez all in the top six for minutes, whilst central midfielders Hayden, Shelvey and Sean Longstaff are all in the top nine for minutes.

In the absence of the injured Yedlin, Manquillo looks set to start the season having done ok and racked up the fourth highest number of minutes. Though Newcastle are still desperate for a first choice quality right-back/wing-back.

Up front it was far from ideal that Newcastle had no first choice attacking players available, Joelinton and Almiron to an extent making up for lost time by both getting 173 minutes each in these last three friendlies.

However, when it comes to new signings overall, far from ideal to have a situation where new signings only haveĀ 235 minutes between them.

Martin Dubravka was 12th highest in terms of minutes as he played the full 90 minutes on Saturday, as well as the game against West Ham in China.

Minutes played in the five pre-season friendlies, the other 18 Newcastle United players:

180 Dubravka

180 Clark

178 Ritchie

173 Almiron

173 Joelinton

169 Ki

148 Sterry

135 Darlow

135 Woodman

129 Dummett

115 Longstaff (M)

75 Lazaar

72 Sorensen

32 Watts

31 Saint-Maximin

31 Willems

27 Allan

27 Bailey

A big worry to hear Isaac Hayden interviewed and saying that there are no guarantees he will not leave in these next few days. The midfielder with the second highest minutes total in pre-season as he has featured in all five games and set to be a key figure this season, as he was in the second half of last season.

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