With January on the horizon and teams swooping around looking to sign players for free on a pre-contract deal in time for the summer made, it me want to look into the contract situation for our own team, and see who we could potentially lose for next year.
Deals could be concluded before that time, but we’re cutting it fine as these players can be tied up by other clubs as early as January in time for them signing in the summer, something which we wouldn’t want. Unless it’s Smith, then I’d be chuffed.
Tamas Kadar and a few other unused youngsters
The reading for this summer isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, with only one senior player in that list who I wouldn’t want to lose. That man is Danny Guthrie, after a string of very impressive performances deputising for the influential Cheik Tiote, I feel Danny has done enough to earn himself a new deal on Tyneside.
I’m sure that his wages won’t be too big, which shouldn’t be a problem, and at 24 he still has his best years ahead of him just as he starts to mature into the player who managed to break through the ranks at Liverpool. The problem with this deal is the question mark over Guthrie’s willingness to play second fiddle after getting a sniff of Premier League action. He’s a very good stand in, but he’s unlikely to force Cheik Tiote or Yohan Cabaye out of the team, which will see him as a bench player for long periods.
I think a new 4 year deal should be put on the table for Guthrie with slightly increased wages, and promise him Carling Cup football and make him aware he’s currently the first change in the midfield. With Tiote away in January and February he’ll get his chance then, but with rumours Aston Villa are snooping around looking for a bargain we should try and tie him to the club in the very new future.
The others aren’t really important for me, Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith will not be getting new deals I can assure you that. Ole Soderberg, James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar and Bradden Inman are all players who have looked bright at a lower level but have not really cut it any higher yet. One or two year extensions should be given to them to give them a little bit longer to make the grade.
The summer of 2012 doesn’t look too bad for players outgoing on free transfers, but the following summer could prove to be a bad one for Newcastle if they don’t secure most of these players on new deals.
Four out of five of them players would get in the Newcastle first 18, and they have their contracts running out in the summer of 2013. I know that’s quite a long way away, but when a player has 12 months left on his deal his value drops, so even if these don’t go on frees they may be candidates for cut price swoops in the in the summer window, or the following January.
Three players out of this seasons very strong defence are on that list with Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson and Fabricio Coloccini’s contract running out in 18 months’ time. We should be acting quickly secure all three of these on long term deals.
Firstly Fabricio Coloccini, captain fantastic, relentless wife shagger, rock of our defence is a player that many admire, and I’m sure a few clubs will be licking their lips seeing his deal running out. At 29 Coloccini is getting older, but defenders can play till they’re a lot older if they’re good enough, and he certainly is. He doesn’t rely on much speed, because he reads the game so well which means he will be able to play longer. A five-year deal on good money should be offered to him, and sorted as soon as possible, because without him we’d struggle.
Ryan Taylor and Danny Simpson both have their critics, but frankly, they’ve both been a part of a very good defence this year. Even if in the future they’re not going to command starting berths in our first time they should definitely be kept as back-up or another option.
It seems that a deal for Danny Simpson is trying to be thrashed out, and it’s not moving very fast even though Pardew has come out in the press and pleaded for him to sign. QPR were interested in Simpson in the summer and I wouldn’t be surprised if they renewed their interest due to stumbling contract talks, hopefully we can push a contract through soon.
Ryan Taylor is a player who’s gone quite under the radar in regards to contracts, in the summer nearly every fan would have wanted him to run his deal down and leave, much like Alan Smith. But a rejuvenated Ryan Taylor has started the season well and is winning over some fans, with his important goals. At 27 Ryan Taylor still has years left in him, and a new 3 year deal would be something I’d look into.
Steve Harper’s deal is also running out, and I think it’ll be the end for him. I’d offer him a deal on the coaching staff and try and keep him in the club, if he says no, and he wants to carry on playing, we need to get rid. Some might say it is harsh, but there’s no room for sentiment in football, not when it comes to an old keeper anyway.
Leon Best is a no-brainer for me, the lad has just started scoring goals for us in the last year and he looks to have formed a great partnership with Demba Ba, so he needs to be signed up. Best come from Coventry, so there’s not much danger of him being on high wages, and in a team with very few forwards at a young age we really need to keep a hold of our better ones.
At 25, Best has a good few years left in him and we should be offering him a four year deal on slightly improved terms, which we can pay for with the money freed up from the next man I’m going to briefly abuse.
Xisco, new deal? Nee chance.
That’s my look at the players who could possibly lose in the coming few years, and it gives us an insight into the players we really need to sign up. If no new deals are signed we could potentially lose 5 or 6 of our main squad players in the next 2 years, with 2 or 3 of them being nailed down starters.
Get the cheque book out, Ash.
Who would you keep?