According to new reports, Newcastle United are planning to move on as many as SEVEN senior players this summer.
This comes via an ‘exclusive’ from TEAMtalk, who claim that the club are preparing to transfer list Miguel Almiron, Jamal Lewis, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Emil Krafth, Dwight Gayle and Federico Fernandez.
They claim that it will be a summer of change at St James’ Park if we secure our Premier League status, and it seems they aren’t the only players facing uncertain futures.
It’s hoped Fabian Schar will sign a new deal after Eddie Howe sanctioned a potential extension for the Swiss international, but out of contract duo Paul Dummett and Sean Longstaff could yet leave on free transfers.
Dummett has had injury issues for several years now and, even when fit, finds himself down the pecking order at centre-back and left-back.
As for Longstaff, he’s our fifth choice central midfielder following Bruno Guimaraes’ arrival and Joelinton’s rise to form, meaning it could make sense for all parties for him to move on this summer?
Elsewhere, it feels like time for the likes of Ritchie, Clark and Gayle to move on after being solid servants of the club, while Miguel Almiron just doesn’t look likely to cut it at this level after offering all the effort in the world but not enough end product.
It would be tough on Lewis – who many believe was harshly left out of our 25-man squad – and a shame to see Fernandez go, but this could be the summer our squad is given a real refresh should we preserve our Premier League status.
After all, if we want to become top 10 contenders next season and kick on way beyond that in years to come, we can’t afford to be carrying the amount of deadwood we’ve accrued over the Mike Ashley era.