Premier League clubs are asked to submit their 25 man rosters for the Premier League at the end of the summer transfer window, and also at the end of the January transfer window, and of the 25 players in the squad at least eight of them have to be home grown players.
Lee Charnley – Newcastle Managing Director
Newcastle named 25 men on their roster in September, but with Davide Santon and Haris Vuckic on loan for the rest of the season, the club have only been able to submit 23 names to the PL.
And since one of them is Steven Taylor who is injured with an Achilles problem, and is expected to be out for the rest of the season, that essentially means we only really have 22 players in the list.
A Home Grown Player is a player who meets these two criteria::
- Is 21 or older on January 1st of the year in which the season begins
- Has spent three years between the ages of 16 and 21 with a team in the English football League system.
Here is the Newcastle squad named for the Premier League:
Goalkeepers – Tim Krul, Rob Elliot
Defenders – Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Daryl Janmaat, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson
Midfielders – Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong, Yoan Gouffran, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabriel Obertan, Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote
Strikers – Papiss Cisse, Facundo Ferreyra, Emmanuel Riviere
Notice that we still have Facundo Ferreyra on board, and he has struggled all season to make the 18 man squad for match days.
And of those 23 players listed, the home grown players are Krul, Elliot, Dummett, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson Sammy Ameobi and Jack Colback.
Phew – just scraped eight together.
Notice that the home grown players don’t have to be English, and they don’t have to be at the club that developed them initially as home grown players.
That means at Newcastle players like Jack Colback and Ryan Taylor qualify, because of their time at Sunderland and Wigan respectively – as just two examples.
Any player who is 21 years-old or younger can still play for the side, so it’s not like we are going to run out of players – well we hope not.
But it does show that Newcastle allowed some experienced and older players to leave in the summer and in January, and we certainly haven’t strengthened our squad by allowing seven players to leave the club in January.
Basically we are left with a shortage of experience players in the squad.
And we’ll not even mention we have an inexperienced head coach – John Carver – in charge for the rest of the season because we allowed manager Alan Pardew to leave the club (for around £4M) for Crystal Palace.
This is not a responsible way to run a football club, and in fact it’s a cavalier and dangerous way to run any football club.
It’s caused by Mike Ashley’s fascination to make money – at the expense of Newcastle’s playing squad.
This is not the first time we have had to struggle through the rest of the season, because of the things we did in the January transfer window.
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