Five First-Teamers Have Now Left Newcastle

With the good news today that Newcastle United have accepted a £3.5M bid from Ipswich Town for Shola Ameobi, all that is needed now is for Shola to agree terms with the East Anglia club and he’s on his way to Portman Road.


Kevin Keegan – 5 first teamers have now left

So if we assume Ameobi and Emre have left – they are still to agree terms with their respective new clubs – that is 6 players who have departed this summer from the first team squad and include Peter Ramage, James Troisi, Stephen Carr, Lamine Diatta, Emre and Ameobi.

Only 19 year-old James Troisi cannot be classed as a first-teamer among those players.

But that’s still six players in total, and we also expect David Rozehnal, Alan Smith and Damien Duff to be on their way before August.

It was good to see Rozehnal have a solid game for the Czech Republic in their 1-0 win against Switzerland on Saturday, and we think we’ll be able to get at least £3M for David.

He’s always looked good playing for his country, and he would be a good buy for clubs playing in Italy, Spain or even back in France.

However, as every Newcastle fan knows, we have not brought any new players in yet, and we think that may be because Newcastle want to clear the decks, so they know exactly where they stand on the wages bill.

The club seem determined to want to reduce the £72M wage bill by at least £10M in the summer, and that may be a reason for the delay in contract negotiations with key players Michael Owen and Steven Taylor.

Hopefully the club are waiting so they can offer those two players the best package they can afford.

We think Arda Turan could be the first player through the door, and if Turkey don’t qualify from their group, and Turan doesn’t play brilliantly in either of the next two games, we think he’s on his way to Tyneside.

He would be a good buy for the club.

Comments welcome.

33 comments so far

  • Rem

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #1

    i know these players had to go, cause non of them were that great. But we have a small enough squad as it is. even if we bring in 4 -5 top players we still have a tiny squad.

  • Andrew Whitaker

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #2

    This is getting a little worrying considering at the start of the summer we only wanted “3 – 4 players in” and we’re selling so many… isn’t our squad small enough as it is?

    Hopefully someone will be heading through the ‘entrance’ door soon other than the st james park cleaners..

  • neeraj

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #3

    i want arda to perform well

    i want confident young player to come to the club
    who has performed well for his country, rather then a low on confidence player…..

  • TomPoon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    You might also be able to add Barton to that list Ed – prob. get sacked when found guilty of bashing Dabo

  • D Garew

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    How do you know Turan would be a good buy? How much can you possibly have seen of him to make you think spending £10m (ish) is going to be a good buy? I hope he is good but there is very limited footage of him on the net and what there is isn’t exactly spectacular.

    Newcastles PLE


    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #6

    No great loss with most of them although I’d have liked Emre to stay, but I still cannot see why KK doesn’t try to keep Roz, at least for next season. If he is till not fitting in we will still get a good fee from some one, he is a quality player and should have the chance to prove himself. I think he would stay if the effort was made to convince him.

  • Midjew

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #7
  • Jim

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #8

    “…if Turkey don’t qualify from their group, and Turan doesn’t play brilliantly in either of the next two games, we think he’s on his way to Tyneside.”

    Classic quote! Sounds like Ed’s ambitions starting to crumble.

  • Neil Snowdon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Dear Ed,

    At last, some sense is being spoken. Yes, I’m also frustrated, but again patience is the key. The vitriol poured out by some against Ashley is totally unfounded and for he and Wise the proof will be in the, let’s hope, substantial pudding come early August.

    Hard as it is to go without our football perhaps we should avoid news now newcastle for 4 weeks, enjoy the Euros and return refreshed in July.

    But that would mean not reading the blog. If pigs could fly!

    Yours in suffering!


  • Leo

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #10

    neeraj i think keegan would bring the confidence out of arda for sure even if he has a poor euro cup,

    fact is if he doesnt have a great time we will have less competition and may be cheaper…

  • Tom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Has to be good news. Fact is, we’ve got a hell of a lot of players who just aren’t good enough. I for one am delighted to see this being resolved. Clear out the deadwood, then bring in the younger, better, hungrier players on cheaper wages. That is the way forward.

  • toonoot

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #13

    The way things are going, there will be a stampede of players coming in over the next few weeks. It’s gonna have to be quantity over quality I’m afraid.

  • Marko

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Glad to see shola on his way, nice lad just not good enough. Turan looks like a smashing player, however we need to focus on defenders first. An experienced head next to Taylor (break the bank for his new contract) would bring him on leaps and bounds and right and left backs need cover. Gudjonsen would be cracking, fantastic replacement for Viduka if keegan is gonna stick with this 4-3-3 formation. Creative midfielder would be canny too. BARTON NEEDS TO BE SACKED, HE’S HAD ENOUGH CHANCES!!!!!

  • paul the pom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #15

    everyone of the players sold were injury prone.good business.lets get some fresh blood in that will fight for the team.not a load of big name fat cat players looking for a big payday.[what we usually end up with]

  • Naved khan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Well Newcastle have just lodged a bid for Gomis of St. Etienne and received a bid for poor fella Ameobi.

    Lets hope both the Bids would be accepted and we wil have somedoy to partner Owen n Martins.

  • paul the pom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #17

    would be interested to know how many minutes these five spent on the pitch last year.not many i bet

  • Tom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #18

    Naved – couldnt have put it better myself mate.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #19

    D Garew – it’s just an opinion on Turan.

  • Davies

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Shame about Emre, but otherwise, we appear to have shifted a lot of largely unused palyers out. I think it’s the way forward and probably exactly what Ashley/Mort/Keegan/Wise were planning on before the season finished. There’s definitely movement on incoming players. Remember, just because were not doing business on the back pages, it doesn’t mean we aren’t doing business.

    There’s plenty of talk about Turan and Gomis, and it doesn’t look like we’re being put off the players we really want.

    The signings are coming. Just you watch.

  • John

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #21

    good to see us getting ridf off the dead wood..this is needed

  • Naved khan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #22

    Yups i hope Tom that it becomes a reality.Anyways theres news that newcastle is interested in Van der Vaart.
    LETS PRAY coz only some divine intervention can make him come here.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Well said paul the pom (15)!..

  • Darryl

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Rozehnal made a pretty bad mistake, but ultimatley it never cost them. Bad anticipation from him, got them a shot on goal, and perhaps should have done better.

    Sooner we get rid of him the better tbh.

  • Chennai Toon

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #25

    lets hope our targets fail to impress in the euros ……………or their team knocked out early…………….(sorry for their supporters)

  • Jim

    Jun 9, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s sad to know that we’ve got a chance of signing emerging talent so long as they play crap football on a big stage!

    Sounds like signings of old! I’d rather hope that a billionaire owner was prepared to risk an extra million or so on a proven player that was guaranteed to play well… week in, week out.

  • GSfan

    Jun 9, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Just a little update on the Turkish players that Newcastle are linked with:

    It seems for sure now that Arda’s going to be in the starting eleven for the next match (against Switzerland) following unanimous harsh criticism by the Turkish media on coach Fatih Terim for not letting him play. So be sure to watch the game on the 11th (2 days from now).

    Another young Turkish player that was linked with you guys was Nuri Sahin. He recently rejected a bid from Besiktas saying he wants to stay in Dortmund for a chance to prove his worth in the Bundesliga. This also means he probably wouldn’t be looking forward for a move to the UK I’m guessing.

  • Tom

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #28

    damn – i can just see turan lighting up that game against a poor swiss side – mr wise get in there NOW.

  • D Garew

    Jun 9, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #29

    Yeah Ed I know its just an opinion but what i mean is on what basis are you formulating an opinion? What evidence have you that this lad is a good buy at £10m? Established world stars ie Henry, Van Nistelrooy, they’d be good buys at £10m quid because you know what you’re getting. With all due respect you can’t tell me that you have seen this lad setting the world alight and £10m is a good price? Like I said I hope he turns out to be a world beater but £10m for an unproven player from an average league? We’ve been here before…….

  • ChrisL

    Jun 9, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s hardly six 1st teamers is it Ed?

    How many of that six have troubled the 1st eleven or even the subs bench regularly last season? One decent player who plays regularly to come in will cover that lot!

  • howaytheladsII

    Jun 9, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #31

    I prefer to keep Rozehnal in the team, he just played half year for newcatle, should give him more time

  • Nick Dryden

    Jun 9, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #32

    As long as we get rid of Duff, Smith and Barton’s wages as well as the other over paid perma crocks that have gone, it’s very good business. People say we have a small squad, but these people were either always unavailable or not good enough in the first place. I would rahrer have the hungry youngsters plunged in like Lua and Kadar than Duff and Smith.
    Personally I love our targets: Gomis, Gomez, VDV, Turan to name a few.

  • oga

    Jun 9, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #33

    Geremi, Cacapa & Viduka all need to go as well. They have let us down on far too many occasions and are on ridiculous wages.


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