Newcastle United have now confirmed their squad list for the 2011/2012 Premier League season.
The rules state that the list contain no more than 17 players who do not meet the Home Grown Player definition, and the rest of the squad, which can be a maximum of 25 players, must be Home Grown.
So what’s a Home Grown Player?
It’s a player who has been registered with any club affiliated with the FA in England or Wales, for a period of three seasons or 36 months, before he turns 21 years old. That 26 month period does not have to be continuous.
With Newcastle bringing in players quite young, they will qualify many of their youngsters as Home grown.
It is possible to change the list during the transfer window in January, and all players still under 21 are eligible, and do not need to be names in the official squad.
Here’s the official squad which contains 21 players:
Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa, Leon Best, Yohan Cabaye, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Peter Lovenkrands, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Alan Smith, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mike Williamson
The players in bold type above (12 in number) are the Home Grown players, and notice they do not have had to have spent the 36 months at Newcastle to be qualified as Home Grown players.
Newcastle United players who are still under 21 of age, are as follows:
Mehdi Abeid, Samuel Adjei, Lewis Aird, Phil Airey, Jak Alnwick, Sammy Ameobi, Alex Baird, Adam Campbell, Ryan Donaldson, Paul Dummett, Joan Edmundsson, Nathan Evans, Shane Ferguson, Stephen Folan, Dan Gosling, Aidan Grant, Liam Henderson, Jeff Henderson, Michael Hoganson, Jonathan Hooper, Brad Inman, William Ions, Tamas Kadar, Alex Kitchen, Dennis Knight, Steven Logan, Esteban Lopez, Kazenga LuaLua, Marcus Maddison, Greg McDermott, Ryan McGorrigan, Brandon Miele, Jonathan Mitchell, Yven Moyo, Conor Newton, Alex Nicholson, Patrick Nzuzi, Nile Ranger, Michael Richardson, Michael Riley, Davide Santon, Ben Sayer, Jamie Smith, Ole Soderberg, Louis Storey, Remie Streete, James Tavernier, Daniel Taylor, Lee Toland, William Turton, Haris Vuckic
Any of the youngsters named above are eligible to play for Newcastle this season in the Premier League, and the fifteen shown in bold type, are those most likely, in our opinion, to push their way into the first team this season.
So the official squad plus those fifteen players above, make up a core first team squad of 36 at Newcastle this season.