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After transfer window this is 25 man Premier League Newcastle United squad – Fit for purpose?

2 weeks ago
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So this is the Newcastle United squad.

The official 25 man Premier League senior Newcastle United squad for the first half of the season.

I say the list below is official but not formally so (official) quite yet, as the Premier League will confirm all 20 squads in the coming days.

However, with so many players having left Newcastle United in 2021 and only Joe Willock coming in, there are only 25 options…

So basically, Steve Bruce names all 25 players below, or he has a Premier League Newcastle United squad that will have less than 25 players.

GOALKEEPERS

Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman, Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie

FULL BACKS / WING BACKS

Matt Ritchie, Jamal Lewis, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth

CENTRAL DEFENDERS

Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark

CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS

Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Jeff Hendrick

ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS / WINGERS

Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, Ryan Fraser, Joe Willock

STRIKERS

Callum Wilson, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle

FINAL ANALYSIS

Very happy with:

Martin Dubravka, Allan Saint-Maximin, Callum Wilson

Good enough:

Joe Willock, Freddie Woodman, Federico Fernandez, Miguel Almiron

OK as PL squad players / Back up:

Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie, Matt Ritchie, Jamal Lewis, Jacob Murphy, Javier Manquillo, Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Ryan Fraser, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar

Not ok as PL squad players:

Emil Krafth, Jeff Hendrick

With a decent manager, I think undoubtedly a number of the above could be significantly improved. However, quite clearly Ashley’s latest stooge / patsy is not going to walk, or be pushed.

So after four matches, three defeats, a luck draw, a cup exit and eight goals conceded in three Premier League matches, do you believe this 25 man Newcastle United squad is fit for purpose?

***Rules on U21 players

Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad. For the 2021/22 campaign Under-21 players will have been born on or after 1 January 2000.

This means that the likes of goalkeeper Dan Langley and midfielder Elliot Anderson are extras to the above senior options.

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