Aug 10, 2011

Newcastle United 25 man squad: only room for one more?

Alan Pardew NewcastleIn July 2010, The Premier League introduced a 25 man squad ruling that all Premier League clubs had to abide by. A season on and with the 2011/12 season kicking off in only a few days, Premier League clubs will again be asked to name their 25 man squad on 1 September 2011.

We take a look at how Newcastle’s 25 man squad is shaping up, how it compares to the 2010/11 edition and why, at present, there may only be room for one more addition.

What the 25 man squad ruling entails

The rules stipulate that each Premier League club must now name a maximum squad of 25 players on the day after both transfer windows close – 1 September and 1 February – consisting of a minimum of 8 ‘home grown’ players and a maximum 17 ‘non home grown’ players.

A ‘home grown’ player is a player who has trained in England or Wales for 3 seasons prior to his 21st birthday. This means that although Tim Krul was born in The Netherlands, he is classed as home grown as he joined Newcastle at least 3 seasons before his 21st birthday.

paperworkA ‘non home grown’ player is any player who has not spent more than 3 seasons with a club in England or Wales prior to his 21st birthday. For example, Jose Enrique who joined Newcastle at the age of 21.

Players under the age of 21, irrespective of their nationality, are effectively exempt from the 25 man squad ruling and, as such, can play without being named in the squad. Meaning that if Newcastle were to fill their 25 man squad, they would still be free to top it up with as many players under 21, such as Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, and Mehdi Abeid, as they wished.

The 25 man squad ruling is intended to ensure that clubs, such as Man City and Tottenham, don’t stockpile players and also places an emphasis on clubs developing young ‘home grown’ talent.

Newcastle 25 man squad: 1 September 2010

Chris Hughton was the first manager to be affected by the 25 man squad ruling and submitted the following squad for the beginning of the 2010/11 season:

PlayerPositionStatus
Steve HarperGoalkeeperHome Grown
Tim KrulGoalkeeperHome Grown
Fraser ForsterGoalkeeperHome Grown
Sol CampbellDefenderHome Grown
Steven TaylorDefenderHome Grown
Jose EnriqueDefenderNon Home Grown
Fabricio ColocciniDefenderNon Home Grown
Danny SimpsonDefenderHome Grown
Mike WilliamsonDefenderHome Grown
James PerchDefenderHome Grown
Joey BartonMidfielderHome Grown
Cheik TioteMidfielderNon Home Grown
Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielderNon Home Grown
Ryan TaylorMidfielderHome Grown
Danny GuthrieMidfielderHome Grown
Alan SmithMidfielderHome Grown
Jonas GutierrezMidfielderNon Home Grown
Kevin NolanMidfielderHome Grown
Wayne RoutledgeMidfielderHome Grown
Shola AmeobiForwardHome Grown
Peter LovenkrandsForwardNon Home Grown
Leon BestForwardHome Grown
XiscoForwardNon Home Grown

Newcastle were easily able to meet the criteria set out in the ruling; registering 23 players – 2 short of the maximum allowed – of which 16 were ‘home grown’ – meeting the minimum criteria of 8 – and 7 which were ‘non home grown’ – falling well within the 17 allowed.

On top of the 23 man squad, Newcastle were also able to include the following 13 players over the course of the season that were classed as ‘under 21′:

Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Michael Richardson, Dan Gosling, Kazenga Lua-Lua, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic, Phil Airey, Sam Ameobi, Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll.

By the end of the January transfer window Newcastle, now managed by Alan Pardew, again registered a 23 man squad, albeit with a couple of alterations with loan signings Stephen Ireland and Shefki Kuqi replacing Xisco and Wayne Routledge who both left the club on loan. Although it was the same in terms of number, it was significantly weaker going into the final months of the season with the sale of ‘under 21′ player Andy Carroll who left for a lucrative £35 million.

Newcastle 25 man squad: 1 September 2011

The following is how Newcastle’s 25 man squad for the 2011/12 season would look if submitted today:

PlayerPositionStatus
Steve HarperGoalkeeperHome Grown
Tim KrulGoalkeeperHome Grown
Fraser ForsterGoalkeeperHome Grown
Steven TaylorDefenderHome Grown
Jose EnriqueDefenderNon Home Grown
Fabricio ColocciniDefenderNon Home Grown
Danny SimpsonDefenderHome Grown
Mike WilliamsonDefenderHome Grown
James PerchDefenderHome Grown
Joey BartonMidfielderHome Grown
Cheik TioteMidfielderNon Home Grown
Hatem Ben ArfaMidfielderNon Home Grown
Ryan TaylorMidfielderHome Grown
Danny GuthrieMidfielderHome Grown
Alan SmithMidfielderHome Grown
Jonas GutierrezMidfielderNon Home Grown
Yohan CabayeMidfielderNon Home Grown
Sylvain MarveauxMidfielderNon Home Grown
Gabriel ObertanMidfielderNon Home Grown
Shola AmeobiForwardHome Grown
Peter LovenkrandsForwardNon Home Grown
Leon BestForwardHome Grown
XiscoForwardNon Home Grown
Demba BaForwardNon Home Grown

Newcastle’s potential squad for the 2011/12 season consists of 24 players, 13 players that are classed as ‘home grown’ and 11 that are classed as ‘non home grown’.

While the following 15 ‘under 21s’ are in contention to supplement the 24 without being named in the squad: Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Greg McDermott, Paul Dummett, Michael Richardson, Dan Gosling, Kazenga Lua-Lua, Ryan Donaldson, Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, Phil Airey, Sam Ameobi and Nile Ranger

In comparison with the 2010/11 squad, there are 3 less ‘home grown’ players and 4 more ‘non home grown’ players, which can be explained by the departures of Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge and Sol Campbell and the French influx consisting of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

In summary

While some Premier League clubs may struggle with their seemingly infinate number of players or failing to meet the minimum criteria of ‘home grown’ players, the 25 man squad rule has posed no problem to Newcastle.

Newcastle already possessed one of the most English centric squads in the Premier League, before the rule came in to play in July 2010, and with a number of first teamers such as Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling and Nile Ranger classed as ‘under 21′ and not needing to be named in the squad, having to name a maximum 25 players over the age of 21 has been an easy transition for Newcastle.

The likes of Joey Barton, Jose Enrique, Alan Smith, and Xisco, have all been linked with moves away from the club, but until a potential suitor is found they will likely be named in the 25 man squad or Newcastle would face the issue of a £60k per week player who can neither play nor be placed in the shop window.

The hope would be that Newcastle can further strengthen at left back, centre back and in attack, and there are still 3 weeks before the 25 man squad has to be submitted, but at this stage with only 1 space left in the senior squad, the murmurs that Newcastle will have to sell before they buy do hold a degree of truth.


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5 Comments

  • Ditch Xisco and Perch if we need more room. Only leave those guys in if we cant get anyone else in.

    Also, if Enrique is still here on 1 Sep, I’ll eat my hat!

  • Aye, and we could ditch Smith too if needs be…. there’s no rule saying we must register all of our senior players

    The one in-one out thing is more to do with controlling salary expenses

  • I can’t see Mike Ashley effectively writing off around £150k per week if Smith, Xisco and Perch were to simply be left out of the squad. Therefore once the squad is full – which it will be after 1 more signing – I can see Ashley saying to Pardew that he needs to move on a few players before he can bring any more in ie. sell to buy.

  • 25-man squad is a red herring. All about salaries and controlling this particular expense

  • A red herring by who? I haven’t heard the club use it as an excuse in their transfer dealings, but it does go someway to explain why they are trying to get players off the books before buying. After the departures of Enrique and Xisco, there’s 3 spaces in the 25 man squad and I would hope at least 2 will be filled.

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