That would take the Toon Army’s senior playing staff to 28 players in total, with Premier League rules only allowing them to register 25 for the new season.
As a result, United will have to move some players on or risk omitting senior talent from their squad.
To be fair, it is easy to imagine Newcastle selling players on this summer. They have already let go of Ayoze Perez, Joselu, and Mo Diame amongst others, but there is still a fair amount of deadwood to cut adrift. What will be interesting, however, is seeing who makes the cut in Steve Bruce’s eyes. The likes of Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, and Achraf Lazaar looked as if their Toon careers were finished this time last year, but all three impressed in Championship loan spells, and all three could be in line for unlikely comebacks under the new boss. Aarons, as an example, actually played under Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday and averaged 1.6 successful dribbles and a dispossession rate of just 1.1 times per match during his nine appearances for the club, as per Whoscored. Would that make him a good enough player to feature in some capacity under the new regime? Very probably, especially when you consider the fact that fellow wide man Kenedy has returned to Chelsea after a dire year on Tyneside. Only time will tell, but expect plenty of wheelings and dealings before the window closes.