This Fascination Has Left Newcastle Short Of Players

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 close-up

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::

  1. Is 21 or older on January 1st of the year in which the season begins
  2. 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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13 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #1

    cyprus i think a plant is not beyond reason a very useful tool for bishop to get the message across and keep an eye on the pulse of the supporters feeding bits here and there i just find it funny the same thing is now happening on rangers blogs

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    10%? That’s it? Even after spending £300? Is it you who is Mike Ashley? Stingey barsteward 😉

    I see the real regime cohort has been on explaining how we cannot afford the tevez’s hazard’s silva’s and such of this world….

    WHAT THE ACTUAL FCUK is he on about? Lmfco.

    Who the fcukety fcuk said we should be signing the likes of them? Clearly trying to Justify his stance by making stuff up, unless of course he supplies evidence to the contrary. Highly unlikely I’m guessing. Jesus wept. How exasperating.


    Your SO wrong 😉 nice analogy though.

    No doubt he’ll try to go into great detail regarding the cause and effect of eating beans on toast and how it’s cost effective and saved him from financial oblivion (Doing a Leeds/Portsmouth) how he could of been demoted at work, (Relegation) and how it saved him from having to acquire a bank loan just to “get by” (bank of the slug.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Am I missing something here, Aarons and Perez are missing That would make it 25, we are only one cb short, so we have got cover in every position.

  • firebug666

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4


    Those that operate in the extremes £30 – £40 million players etc. are those that have buried their heads in the sand, and are waiting for the nasty man to go away. If they are not in this category you have to assume they are on the payroll and are bitter about their zero hour contract.

    Seriously though, fans have never asked for world class players, just a squad that can compete on a level with the rest of the clubs in this league. A good set of players with enough cover, and a decent manager (sorry Head Coach) who show a little bit of ambition. That is not a lot to ask for as a life long fan.

    £30 million players…..Deluded!

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Someone’s shit the bed I see. Read “Am I” then lost the will to live.

  • firebug666

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6


    Aarons and Perez fit into the under 21 category so therefore they do not need to be registered.

    Clutching at straws welshie, best you just go back to making goo goo eyes at Jeff and leave the football talk to the grown ups.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    sorry i asked, you two are grumpy this morning.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    i know why you are in a bad mood average, GeordieTwo pinched one of your thongs.

    Ha ha ha

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9


    Exactly! Grasping at straws in his defence of the slugs reign of terror when there is none to be found.

    Why would anyone especially a NUFC fan go to such great lengths to condone what’s gone on? Strange to say the least.

    I’m all for differing opinions and having a discussion on ALL things Newcastle but there comes a point when you suddenly realise what they say is infact billy bullshit and no longer wish to waste brain function on opening up their stance “like a can of beans”

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 5, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Leave football to the grown ups, alright great idea let’s hound out and pester pardew out of the club and get someone in really quickly that’s much better, hang on they did do that, only one problem though they picked carver instead, well done, good move.

    All of you wanted pardew out well done, good move.

  • sickandtired

    Feb 5, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Phoaarrrr, had a great dream this morning!
    The 23rd richest man in the country, worth 3.75 Billion quid, had bought NUFC. He had a plan, to make us challenge for the PL and CL football again and have a team filled with exciting young players, developed in house and supported by un-scouted experienced pro’s no one else has spotted!
    Trouble is I woke up.

  • James Keith

    Feb 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    I actually think we’ve got a really deep squad, it’s just that we’ve always had so many injuries! Carver has got a few big decisions to make with team selection this weekend….could even see Riviere and R.Taylor left out of the 18 man squad this weekend with a bench of Woodman, Dummett, Abeid, Gouffran, Obertan, De Jong and Cisse, strongest team for a long time.

  • DEEB0rider

    Feb 5, 2015 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Short of players? we can only use 14 at most on any given match day. Only Steven Taylor is out with a long term injury. So we’ve got the other 22 on the list at our disposal for 15 matches. Not to mention, Aarons, Armstrong, Good, Perez, and Satka are all available if needed.

    Going into next summer, we’ll have the 5 on loan at rangers back and they’ll return as improved players, we’ll also have Lascalles and Darlow back from loan and dont forget…we spent nearly 40m on 8 players last summer when the general consensus was that we’d not spend much.

    Charnley came out and stated pretty clearly that they plan to use the summer transfer window rather than the winter transfer window to make purchases. All the players that were moved on this winter weren’t a part of the first team this season and the impact on the first team is nothing.


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