These NUFC players looks set to leave the club in January – Would you keep any?

With the January window fast approaching, the emphasis may be on new signings and salvaging our struggling start to the season, but there’s several players in this NUFC squad who look very likely to leave.

Here’s a few I’d expect to see the club move on in the new year – whether that be on loan or via permanent transfer:

Isaac Hayden

After wanting to return down south due to personal reasons, the midfielder handed in a transfer request over the summer. He has looked desperately out of sorts since we refused to sanction a late move away and, if Rafa can get a replacement signed in January, he’ll almost certainly leave you should think – especially with Shelvey, Diame and Ki all ahead of him in the pecking order as it is.

Achraf Lazaar

He’s insisted recently that he wants to fight for his place at the club and has made a decent impact at U-23 level after requesting to play for the reserves, however Benitez looks no closer to giving him a first-team call-up. If we sign a left-back in January, he could be the first to leave.

Freddie Woodman (Loan)

A loan move is what he needs, but someone could try and sign him permanently if we don’t start handling his situation much better than we have been recently. A temporary move away to the Football League was strangely ‘blocked’ by the club over the summer, but he will surely be sent out on loan this time around.

Karl Darlow

I’m unsure about this one, but Darlow has played just once all season (in the Carabo Cup) and must be frustrated at his lack of game time since Dubravka arrived. It would not surprise me if he secured a move to a Championship club in January – although selling him could mean we keep Woodman around or sign another back-up stopper, with Rob Elliot being our only other option in reserve.

Rolando Aarons

He’s due to return from his loan spell with Slovan Liberec in the new year, and he’s done little to convince Rafa he’s up to playing at Premier League level so far. He’s now been dropped to the bench over the past three weeks and his failure to make an impact in the Czech League may mean the writing is on the wall for him at NUFC unless something changes – and quickly..

Would you keep any of these at NUFC – or do you feel we’re best letting these go in January?

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

2 thoughts on “These NUFC players looks set to leave the club in January – Would you keep any?

  1. Despite his own rhetoric, Rafa just isn’t a manager who develops young talent. He gets the best out of the ones he has to work with in the first team, but he neither recruits good junior talent, nor does he work with the juniors to help them mature into top level players. Perhaps he would if that was the only choice available to him, but it hasn’t worked out that way at NUFC. It is the one missing piece in his near perfect persona as the Master Manager. Perhaps if the owner backed him properly, Rafa would put in place the kind of support structure that would fill that missing gap, but at NUFC all he got was Beardsley – and see how that worked out! Top talent has already walked, and other potential have lost their way. If these quality juniors (like Woodman) really want their careers to take off they had best leave and find a set up that will support them.
    In NUFC’s defence, they aren’t doing much less than any of the top teams. Chelsea is the glowing example of hoarding young talent, but loaning it out and not putting any ‘value’ into the players. It is a money sport and the cheapest, easiest option will always be pursued.


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