With several incomings still needed this summer, outgoings appear to be essential for our overcrowded squad and The Chronicle have revealed today, in an article on player sales, that the club are ‘prepared to listen to offers’ for Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Karl Darlow and Siem De Jong.
Whilst Rafa Benitez is believed to have prioritised the signing of a new striker, it is also clear that the likes of Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar, Emmanuel Riviere, Massaido Haidara, Henri Saivet and Grant Hanley have no futures on Tyneside, with outgoings essential before the next influx of incomings can arrive.
With this in mind, it is interesting to read that the likes of Mitrovic, Mbemba, Darlow and De Jong could all be sold at the right price.
The quartet are largely considered to be popular players with the fans, and I can imagine sections of the Geordie faithful being quite disgruntled if Benitez were to cash in on the likes of Mitrovic or Mbemba especially – with the pair deemed to be two promising young players who have more to give on Tyneside.
Mitrovic is like marmite, but I for one struggle to see what traits he possesses to make any major impact in the Premier League. If we were able to somehow recoup the £15m we allegedly want for the Serbian, it could fund a move for the likes of Lucas Perez. A no brainer for me.
Darlow is a promising young goalkeeper and, in the main, enjoyed an impressive campaign in the Championship last season. If his sale funded a move for Benitez’s number one goalkeeping target Pepe Reina however, would we begrudge his sale? Probably not.
De Jong is an interesting one. Injuries and bad luck have halted his NUFC career, but after some promising pre-season displays, there’s a feeling that the Dutchman may just have something to offer over the coming season. Again though, if a decent offer came in for him, would we be wise to cash in and invest in a more reliable number 10?
I would prefer the players with no future at Newcastle to be flogged over the coming weeks (Krul, Riviere, Lazaar, Haidara etc.), but given the difficulties we may face in flogging such deadwood, we may just have to cash in and allow for some unlikely exits if we are to fund the necessary signings we so badly need.