NEWCASTLE ANNOUNCE SQUAD
Newcastle United have announced their squad for the season after every player was released from their clubs, meaning everybody was up for grabs. There are many surprises in the squad, such as the inclusions of German winger Julian Draxler and French defender Kurt Zouma. However, the most shocking player in the Magpies' squad is arguably Belgian striker Christian Benteke, who Alex Heardman has managed to get from no competition at all. Here is their squad in full.
Bernd Leno | Germany | 21 years old | 3.7M value | 65K p/w wages
Sergio Romero | Argentina | 26 years old | 6.75M value | 33.5K p/w wages
Jeronimo Rulli | Argentina | 21 years old | 0.6M value | 11K p/w wages
Keepers Bernd Leno and Sergio Romero were both rumoured with moves to the club, although a move for the former looked unlikely with interest from Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. Sergio Romero, on the other hand, was a goalkeeper with no competition for him at all - Newcastle picked him up rather easily in what some could say is a bargain deal for the club. Meanwhile, Jeronimo Rulli, aged 21, is a wonderkid goalkeeper who is set to be one of the best goalkeepers in the league within a few years. Overall, a great set of goalkeepers for Newcastle, and a great start to their squad.
Natxo Monreal | Spain | 27 years old | 8.5M value | 45K p/w wages
Alex Grimaldo | Spain | 18 years old | 0.625M value | 10.25K p/w wages
The two Spanish left backs hadn't been rumoured with a move to Newcastle at all - with Monreal heavily tipped to move back to Arsenal and Grimaldo rumoured with a move to Juventus. However, both have been picked up on what could be great bargain deals for the Magpies, but with neither to really prove themselves in the Premier League, could they be backfires? We believe that the possibility of both backfiring is unlikely, and that these signings are great deals in the transfer market by Heardman.
Nicolas Nkoulou | Cameroon | 23 years old | 9.5M value | 26.5K p/w wages
Daniele Rugani | Italy | 19 years old | 1M value | 5.25K p/w wages
Samuel Umtiti | France | 20 years old | 5.25M value | 15.25K p/w wages
Kurt Zouma | France | 19 years old | 4.8M value | 16K p/w wages
Only Rugani and Zouma had been linked with moves to St James' Park, and the possibility of the pair coming to Newcastle was looking unlikely. However, Rugani was picked up on the bargain wages of £5,250 per week, while Zouma was picked up on a very lowly 16,000 per week wage. Umtiti and Nkoulou were both linked to move to Chelsea, but they rejected a move to The Blues and came to Newcastle in a search for more first team football - although with Rugani and Zouma to compete with, we feel that's going to be hard.
Mayke | Brazil | 21 years old | 2.4M value | 13.25K p/w wages
Sam Byram | England | 20 years old | 1.5M value | 18.25K p/w wages
At right back, the Magpies managed to capture Brazilian wonderkid Mayke and English wonderkid Sam Byram both under £20,000 per week wages. Byram was only linked to moves to Bournemouth, Leeds United and Wigan Athletic, so a move to Newcastle wasn't exactly a big surprise - while Mayke was rumoured to be joining Galatasaray within the next few days, so we can't say that Heardman is lacking in the shock factor. With these two right backs to compete for first team spaces, we believe that the fullback positions are sorted at St James' Park.
Lucas Silva | Brazil | 20 years old | 2.8M value | 15.25K p/w wages
George Thorne | England | 20 years old | 1.6M value | 22K p/w wages
Although Heardman has revealed that his formation doesn't involve defensive midfielders, he went and signed two gems of players - Lucas Silva and George Thorne. Silva was linked with all sorts of moves, including a move to Real Madrid, and is believed to be up to changing to a central midfielder in the future, while Thorne was linked with a move to Fulham. It is believed that Thorne will be let out on loan to a Championship club such as Watford or Nottingham Forest within the coming months.
Gaston Gil Romero | Argentina | 20 years old | 1.7M value | 8.25K p/w wages
Lucas Romero | Argentina | 19 years old | 7.25M value | 53K p/w wages
Leonardo Capezzi | Italy | 18 years old | 450K value | 0.6K p/w wages
Ruben Pardo | Spain | 21 years old | 4.3M value | 69K p/w wages
In the centre of the midfield, Newcastle have four great prospects for the future. Gaston Gil Romero, the first of two Argentinian centre midfielders in the team, is 20 years old and has been snapped up for a bargain wage deal, in our opinion. He's a great midfielder now, so we can only imagine how he's going to be in the future. Lucas Romero, the third Romero in the squad, is 19 years old with a very bright future - we think he'll fit right into the first team, which we'll post at the end. Meanwhile, Ruben Pardo is 21 years old and believed to be the vice-captain, although nothing has been confirmed yet. Finally, Leonardo Capezzi is 18 years old and a deal to send him on loan to Watford is almost finalised. We believe that, in midfield, Newcastle have pure class.
Andre Ayew | Ghana | 23 years old | 7.5M value | 27K p/w wages
Julian Draxler | Germany | 20 years old | 13.5M value | 57K p/w wages
On the left wing, Newcastle have two unbelievable players. Julian Draxler, 20 years old, is one of the most exciting prospects in current world football, and will without a doubt be starting in the Magpies' first game of the season providing injuries don't get in the way. Andre Ayew, 23 years old, will have to step aside for Draxler, as, while he's full of talent, Draxler has been hailed by Heardman as the "star of the squad" in private, according to the Daily Mail and Marca. The left wing is very much sorted for Newcastle, and is set to wreck havoc in the Premier League.
Angel Correa | Argentina | 18 years old | 2.1M value | 13.25K p/w wages
Alen Halilovic | Croatia | 17 years old | 2.2M value | 17.75K p/w wages
Ross Barkley | England | 19 years old | 9.25M value | 125K p/w wages
Gabriel Iancu | Romania | 19 years old | 1.1M value | 10K p/w wages
In the attacking midfield, we believe that Heardman may have gone a little overboard with the amount of players he signed - but with the amount of great young attacking midfielders up for grabs, we don't blame him. 17 year old Alen Halilovic was linked with a move to either Tottenham Hotspur or Barcelona, but decided to move to Newcastle instead. Angel Correa, 18 years old, was linked with a move to Cardiff City, but also decided to move to the Magpies. Ross Barkley, English 19 year old wonder, was about to make a move to Arsenal, but rejected the Gunners for obvious reasons to move to Newcastle. Gabriel Iancu was fairly easy for Newcastle to sign, with nobody going for the Romanian 19 year old. The Newcastle attack is already looking superb.
Agustin Allione | Argentina | 19 years old | 1.9M value | 9.5K p/w wages
Rodrigo Gomez | Argentina | 20 years old | 1.1M value | 7.75K p/w wages
The right winger position at Newcastle is apparently the position of the underdogs. Agustin Allione and Rodrigo Gomez are the two Argentinian right wingers who are set to destroy the Premier League despite their small reputation in world football. Nobody was interested in signing either player, so we were delighted when Newcastle swooped in for the pair - it just means that Heardman has an eye for the underdogs, which we feel is appropriate for the new manager of Newcastle United.
Mario Mandzukic | Croatia | 27 years old | 13M value | 250K p/w wages
Luciano Vietto | Argentina | 19 years old | 2.3M value | 11.25K p/w wages
Christian Benteke | Belgium | 22 years old | 8M value | 78K p/w wages
Kevin Volland | Germany | 21 years old | 18.75M value | 34K p/w wages
Donis Avdijaj | Germany | 17 years old | 2.5M value | 11.5K p/w wages
In the attack, there are many great names that it'll be hard for everybody to fight for the first team places. Mario Mandzukic is the oldest striker in the squad, at 27 years old, but we think he'll be a starter with his experience. Luciano Vietto, at 19 years old, is a star in the making - and we can tell that he'll be one of the secret weapons for Newcastle in seasons to come. The decision to sign Christian Benteke was a surprising one, but we'll take it as a good decision, even if he is only played in cup games. Another shock buy was German 21 year old Kevin Volland, who has shown absolute class in how he's played his football so far for previous clubs - and we expect him to be no different at Newcastle. Finally, 17 year old Donis Avdijaj was clearly a look into the future, and we think he could turn out to be the club's star player in the future.
Well, you've seen the squad, let's see what we think will be the first team and sub bench with all injuries forgotten.
Natxo Monreal - Daniele Rugani - Kurt Zouma - Mayke
Julian Draxler - Ross Barkley - Rodrigo Gomez
Mario Mandzukic - Kevin Volland
But what do you think the squad will be? Post below, and we'll find out soon!
10 South Americans in that squad, hope you're happy with that
Thanks, I'm shocked I got Draxler, Zouma and Rugani, honestly.
Thanks, I'm surprised I got them both. And Newcastle will always be better than Middlesborough
Thanks, I'm pleased with my team, Rugani and Zouma will be great together. Also, I notice that's your first post. I'm honoured to have your first post, and hope there are many more to come