After January exits for DeAndre Yedlin, Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons, Newcastle United are now just three months away from losing several other senior players.
That is because the following players are out of contract this summer as things stand:
- Dwight Gayle
- Andy Carroll
- Jacob Murphy
- Federico Fernandez
- Christian Atsu
- Henri Saivet
Joe Willock’s loan deal will also expire at the end of May – and he’s someone we’re unlikely to re-sign should we suffer a third relegation of the Mike Ashley era.
Fernandez and Murphy are tipped to land new deals, being squad players who still have something to offer, however Gayle, Carroll, Atsu and Saivet seem highly likely to leave on a free as things stand.
We may come crawling back to Gayle if we go down, but is a player who has been there, done that and only started TWO Premier League games all season going to jump to a new deal? I think it’s time to move him on; it’s just a shame we didn’t cash in on him for £15m plus when we had the chance!
Carroll was fortunate to land a one-year extension last year and has just one goal in over 18 months, so his second spell at the club will surely come to an end this summer.
As for Atsu and Saivet, they pick up over £60,000 between them to simply train and play the odd game for our U23’s, so the sooner they’re off the wage bill the better.
I’d not be surprised if Joelinton left should a half-decent offer arrive, while Karl Darlow is also being tipped to go searching for regular first-team football after a strong season saw him end up back on the bench now Dubravka’s fit.
Then there’s the Longstaff brothers – two talented young players who may reluctantly look to move on should they continue to be frozen out by Bruce – and an unsettled Matt Ritchie clearly pushing for a return to Bournemouth.
All of the above highlights the fact we could be at least EIGHT senior players down this summer. It’d cut the wage bill down, shift deadwood and more than likely create a much needed summer overhaul – whether we enter the summer transfer window a Premier League or Championship side.
Hopefully by then we are still a top flight club and have a new manager to oversee this potential clear out.