The alarming issue facing NUFC as 2021 crisis awaits – 10 months left to save £50m?

Newcastle United are arguably on the verge of crisis as THIRTEEN first team player’s contracts expire in the summer of 2021.

The players whose contract expire are:

  • Fabian Schar
  • Dwight Gayle
  • DeAndre Yedlin
  • Jacob Murphy
  • Federico Fernandez (option for a further year)
  • Rolando Aarons
  • Henri Saivet
  • Karl Darlow
  • Isaac Hayden
  • Dan Barlaser
  • Andy Carroll
  • Christian Atsu
  • Ciaran Clark

Based on Transermarkt.co.uk’s valuations, that’s over £50m of talent that we could lose for free

First of all, I think it’s important to mention that it’s somewhat a positive thing that some of these players will eventually leave the club and free up some space on the wage bill.

For example, Lazaar, Saivet, Aarons, Darlow and Yedlin are drifting further away from a place in the starting eleven and remaining at Newcastle will only hurt their careers in the long run.

However, Isaac Hayden and (despite a disappointing season) Fabian Schar must be handed new deals, with Federico Fernandez also worthy of an extension.

Hayden’s value seems to only increase and there has been talk of an England call-up the defensive midfielder. Allowing him to leave on a free would be criminal.

As for Schar, he may be inconsistent – but he was one of our best players in the 18/19 season and still has a lot to give. The club should do all they can to keep the Switzerland International, or at least protect his value if we decide to cash in.

Ciaran Clark is a solid squad player who adds depth and often makes a positive impact when called upon, therefore deserving a new deal, but Christian Atsu isn’t really up to it and should be cashed in on while we have a chance.

That said, we lack depth in wide areas and I’m not convinced we’d replace him if he was solid this summer.

In my opinion, the jury is still out on Murphy, Barlaser, Carroll and Gayle.

If Barlaser doesn’t get the chance to establish himself in the first team this year, we’d have to expect that the midfielder would be allowed to leave on a free next summer, with him no longer a youngster and approaching his 24th birthday.

Murphy, Carroll and Gayle will have to fight for their places next season and prove that they are deserving of playing Premier League football going forward. Not to mention the fact that, at times, Carroll and Gayle can be liabilities injury-wise.

Let’s hope these players can have their futures sorted out and we don’t have thirteen Matty Longstaff situations on our hands next summer!

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One thought on “The alarming issue facing NUFC as 2021 crisis awaits – 10 months left to save £50m?

  1. Oh my god. I have never read so much negative news in my life.

    Many articles that have been released need deleting as they are so negative they look like they have been concocted by a Mackem.

    Most of the squad is good for the Championship:
    Fabian Schar – Keep
    Dwight Gayle – Best for championship and injury prone. Not much value in injuries.
    DeAndre Yedlin – Error prone and has more bad games than good.
    Jacob Murphy – Needs loaning out, not proven he’s worth his price.
    Federico Fernandez (option for a further year) – Keep
    Rolando Aarons – Not worth keeping.
    Henri Saivet – Reason he hasn’t been in the premier league squad
    Karl Darlow – Loaned out as he is 3rd choice.
    Isaac Hayden – Keep but wants a move south.
    Dan Barlaser – Keep. Got him for free.
    Andy Carroll – No value as he’s injury prone and not scoring and on a short term contract for a reason.
    Christian Atsu – Bit part player, sell.
    Ciaran Clark – Passed his best now.

    £50 million if they are all fit healthy and have plenty of good matches under there belts and then we wouldn’t release would we. FFS

    Bring on the positivity. Even the 3-0 win yesterday had a smothering of negativity with the Gayle injury. He’s Championship at best so lets move on.

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