Newcastle United’s squad, who had traveled to Doncaster Rovers for the friendly on Friday night, consisted of 21 players.
The confirmed Newcastle team against Doncaster – Langley, Murphy, Lascelles, Dummett, Lewis, Hayden, Hendrick, Sean Longstaff, Fraser, Saint-Maximin, Wilson
Then the subs: Thompson, Watts, Clark, McEntee, Matty Longstaff, Allan, Gayle, Young, Fernandez, Bondswell
No time to press the panic button BUT you have to say this Newcastle United squad is seeing a “little” light three weeks before the Premier League season starts.
I would say in terms of both number and quality.
The lack of signings is really showing now, in addition to the reasons (see below) why 13 first-team players are missing from this Newcastle United squad for the Doncaster friendly.
Of the 10 subs named tonight, only Clark, Gayle, Fernandez and Matty Longstaff are first team players.
As for the eleven starters, the 20-year-old Langley is obviously standing because of the absence of the four senior goalkeepers.
While looking at this Newcastle United squad as a whole, it doesn’t look competitive. There are players (see below) coming back, but will they seriously improve the quality of tonight’s friendship team / squad?
Getting new players on board every season is important, especially for a troubled team like Newcastle United.
We hope that there will be a lot of positive things coming before West Ham on Sunday 15th August, otherwise this will see a tough, tough season ahead of us.
The 13 Newcastle United Squad Players Who Miss Doncaster:
Joelinton – Newcastle, United State, not recovering from a hamstring injury that prematurely burst in their loss to York on Sunday.
Javier Manquillo – No explanation from the club as to why the Spaniard is missing, also misses York but was featured on NUFC training photos this week.
Matt Ritchie – The club says they have a “flick” that is keeping them out tonight.
Yoshinori Muto – Club reports that it is an “illness” that prevented the striker’s engagement.
Karl Darlow – Currently in isolation for ten days after testing positive for Covid.
Mark Gillespie – self-isolation as close contact with Darlow.
Freddie Woodman – self-isolation as close contact with Darlow.
Jonjo Shelvey – calf injury and could miss the start of the season.
Martin Dubravka – After an operation for a metatarsal fracture, the start of the 2021/22 season will definitely be missed.
Miguel Almiron – Recovering from a hamstring injury and taking an extended break from his international engagements this summer.
Fabian Schar – After a long break after international commitments this summer.
Emil Krafth – After a long break after international commitments this summer.
Elliot Anderson – Had to rest for four weeks (The Mail) trying to shake off a hip injury.
Newcastle United Preseason Friendlies:
Sunday 18th July – York City 1 Newcastle 0
Sunday July 18th Harrogate Town 2 Newcastle 1 (This was originally a first team game with some U23 added but only became an U23 NUFC player after Karl Darlow tested positive for Covid and first team and U23 had to be kept separate)
Friday July 23rd – Doncaster Rovers from 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday 27 July – Rotherham United away (7pm)
Friday July 30th – Burton Albion Away (7.45pm)
Saturday 7th August – Norwich home (2pm)