While it could be argued that the summer’s activity will be judged on whether the club can tie down Rafa Benitez to a long-term deal; it is also invaluable that the club brings in significant reinforcements. Of course, much of that will depend on whether the talks of a possible takeover bid come to fruition, but regardless players will need to depart to free up space in the squad.
Much of the squad that competed in the Premier League last season has been together since the promotion from the Championship in 2017 and is in desperate need of rebuilding. This could prove to be a pivotal summer for the Magpies and summer business that is conducted must be strong.
The Irishman has been an integral member of the squad throughout the most recent promotion-winning campaign. However, since then and the signing of Fabian Schar he has fallen down the pecking order. Schar has been a revelation since signing for the club, so it would be with no bitterness that he is sold. Should a suitable bid come in, then the transfer should be considered whether it is best for both parties before thinking of sentiments.
The one aspect that could keep him at the club is his versatility, but this would be in a substitute role since he isn’t an improvement on the current starters at centre-back or left-back.
The Senegalese international joined Newcastle in 2016, and hopes were high after the £6 million move was finalised. However, the move has been a disaster and hasn’t worked out for either party. The midfielder hasn’t played over ten games for the clubs and has been loaned out in each of the past two seasons to three different clubs.
It’s unlikely that the club is going to make a profit on the 28-year-old, but it would be easier just to get him off the books and reinvest in a new player that is less of a gamble. The emergence of Sean Longstaff has put Saivet even further back in the pecking order, and this window would be the perfect opportunity to sell.
Gayle enjoyed an excellent season with West Bromwich Albion. However, it remains unlikely that he will be able to force his way back into Benitez’s team; especially if the club can push through the move for Salomon Rondon. The Albion’s current financial situation means that Gayle will no longer be able to be used in the deal, but either way, there will be a host of Championship clubs interested in the 28-year-old.
The striker has struggled to replicate his Championship form in the Premier League; having failed to score more than ten goals in each of his four seasons at the top tier. The Magpies tend to struggle in front of goal, and with that kind of track record, it seems that Gayle isn’t the man that should lead the line.
The Toon will begin the season hoping to better last season’s finish of 13th, and punters should be sure to get on board with Max Free Bets to ensure that they can celebrate a Newcastle win with some extra cash in their pockets.