Steve Bruce’s frustrating end of the transfer window will be for all to see when the Premier League releases Newcastle United’s squad roster this month.
Every first division had to submit a list of 25 players to the Premier League after the transfer window closed last week.
Newcastle only made one signing earlier this summer, so the Magpies’ squad will look remarkably similar to the one presented to the Premier League for the second half of last season.
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While Bruce was pleased that the club bosses “broke all the rules” to sign his top target Joe Willock, Newcastle’s roster is arguably weaker after Andy Carroll was sacked and Matty Longstaff moved to Aberdeen on loan.
Unlike any other top club, Bruce may still have to resort to naming four senior goalkeepers in his final squad.
Martin Dubravka is currently out until October with a foot injury, but Bruce was keen to add his first choice goalkeeper to his 25-man roster.
Although Karl Darlow has not yet appeared this season, after he was hospitalized earlier this summer with COVID, he is hoping to get back in action sometime after the international break so that he will be selected too.
Bruce had previously weighed Dubravka, Darlow, Freddie Woodman and Mark Gillespie among others on his squad, but the Newcastle head coach was hoping to only pick three shot stoppers to make room for a loan.
However, Newcastle have chosen not to do business on the day of the transfer deadline so Bruce is under no obligation to leave any of his goalkeepers out after his preferred target, Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, ultimately failed to arrive temporarily.
The Newcastle roster can have up to 17 players who do not meet the domestic player criteria, but the rest of the roster must be home grown.
A domestic player is a person who, regardless of nationality or age, has been employed for a period of three full seasons or 36 months before his or her 21st birthday or the end of the season in which he or she turns 21.
There’s no official date the lists will be released, but after the domestic transfer window closed in October last year, the cadres were released 15 days later.
In contrast, when the mid-season window closed on February 1 of this year, the updated squad lists were posted on the Premier League website just four days later.
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