It seems as though time is up at Newcastle for two of our longest serving players as Steve Bruce encourages them to seek pastures new this window.
DeAndre Yedlin and Christian Atsu have been at the club for four years, signing from Tottenham and Chelsea respectively in £5m deals back in 2016, but both have fallen down the pecking order in the last two seasons and appear to have been transfer listed by Bruce.
Here’s what he had to say about both when asked about outgoings, hinting that the American and Ghanaian have joined the likes of Muto, Saivet, Lazaar and Aarons on the transfer list:
“Yedlin is one of them where, at the moment, I’ve got three right-backs,”
“We’ll look at the situation. To have three is not that healthy.”
“I like Christian – the same goes for Muto – trains every day, works tirelessly, a good professional – but in a situation where, are they going to play enough?
“There has to come a time when they go and play football.”
“The same goes for Saivet. Henri has been around the place since I’ve been here.
“We try to treat him with respect and he trains every day and is a good pro.
“Saivet, Atsu, Muto, Lazaar, Aarons – they need to find a home and try to progress their careers again.”
Yedlin has 106 league appearances for us, but his poor positioning – whilst also being prone to errors – has seen him lose his place in the starting eleven. With Manquillo our first choice right-back and Krafth also appearing to be ahead of the USA international in the pecking order, he needs a move.
As for Atsu, he’s always been a squad player but is completely out in the cold this season, with Jacob Murphy’s return and Ryan Fraser’s arrival not helping his cause.
The 28-year-old has been linked to a move to Celtic and received Championship interest from Nottingham Forest in January, according to Sky Sports.
Hopefully both can find news homes soon – especially when outgoings could be key if we’re to bring in additional reinforcements between now and October 5th.