After the transfer window closes each summer every Premier League side has to name a 25 man squad that will represent the club in the league in the coming season, and at least eight of those named have to be home grown players.
Paul Dummmett – local lad named in 25 man squad
And Newcastle has just named the squad as follows (in alphabetical order), and whether or not the players are home grown:
Ameobi, Shola (Yes)
Anita, Vurnon San Benito (No)
Ben Arfa, Hatem (No)
Cabaye, Yohan (No)
Cisse, Papiss Demba (No)
Coloccini, Fabricio (No)
Debuchy, Mathieu (No)
Dummett, Paul (Yes)
Elliot, Robert (Yes)
Gosling, Daniel (Yes)
Gouffran, Yoan (No)
Gutierrez, Jonas Manuel (No)
Krul, Timothy Michael (Yes)
Marveaux, Sylvain (No)
Obertan, Gabriel Antoine (No)
Remy, Loic (No)
Santon, Davide (No)
Sissoko, Moussa (No)
Tavernier, James Henry (Yes)
Taylor, Ryan Anthony (Yes)
Taylor, Steven Vincent (Yes)
Tiote, Cheik Ismael (No)
Williamson, Michael James (Yes)
Yanga Mbiwa, Mapou (No)
Notice the injured Ryan Taylor is also included in the squad.
Any player under 21 at the beginning of this year does not have to be named to the squad, so Sammy Ameobi is not in the list, even though he is now 21.
And we find it interesting that James Tavernier has been named in the squad as he was out on a month-long loan at Shrewsbury Town but he returned with a metatarsal injury.
We wonder if he would have been shipped out on a season long loan deal if he hadn’t received that injury, like Shane Ferguson was shipped out to Birmingham to get first team playing time.
And home grown doesn’t mean the player has had to come through the Newcastle Academy and here’s the definition:
“A Home Grown player will be defined as one who, irrespective of his 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 prior to his 21st birthday, or the end of the season during which he turns 21.”
Newcastle have nine home grown players in the squad, just one above the minimum required.
Changes can be made to the 25 man squad when the transfer window opens again in January, and we wonder if Newcastle will be active in the transfer market in January?
Our guess is that if we are getting by and not fighting relegation then Mike Ashley will again not spend any money – unless he really has to – like he did last January to ensure we stay a Premier League side – where all the money is.
Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and +1 us on Google+:
You can also reach Ed at email@example.com