Simon Bird has a piece in the Daily Mirror this morning on who Newcastle will sell in the summer should the side be relegated.
Sebation Bassong – Newcastle will try to keep this player no matter what
Let’s remind our readers Simon is the guy who Joe Kinnear slammed at his press conference last September, as Simon had tried to tell Joe via his column in the Daily Mirror what he should be doing, just two days after being appointed Newcastle interim manager.
Simon wanted the players to come in and train on the first Monday, even though Joe had yet to meet the coaching staff and our next game was the following Sunday. And Bird put some disparaging news about Kinnear out in the Mirror gossip newspaper – but what’s new?
What makes these guys think they know how to manage a football club?
The article this morning is however interesting, and suggests Newcastle want to slash their £73M – and that’s true enough, so let’s go through the players Simon has down and comment on them.
This list has the Mirror journalist assuming the club gets relegated, and the players and values attributed to them are Simon’s estimates, and the comments are ours.
- Michael Owen:
His contract expires in June, and it’s touch and go – but he’s gone if we get relegated but it’s really up to Michael Owen if we don’t, since the club will want to retain him
- Mark Viduka:
He’s been hopeless at Newcastle since he’s forever injured – probably will return to Australia but definitely leaving Tyneside whether we are relegated ot not.
- Oba Martins: Value £10M.
We don’t think Newcastle have any desire to unload Oba Martins, who is a big favorite on Tyneside – but he’ll go if we are relegated.
- Sebastian Bassong: £9M
No way Newcastle will sell Bassong – this is nonsense. Newcastle will try to keep him even if we are down into the Championship next season.
- Alan Smith: £2M.
We think Alan will move on in the summer but we hope we can get more than £2M out of him – we paid £6M to Manchester United for him a short two years ago, and he’s very experienced and would be in demand.
- Joey Barton: £2M.
No way we’d accept £2M for Joey Barton – it could be Ashley still wants to get rid of him but if do we’d need around £6M to sell – and it seems that Joey wants to stay on Tyneside. He will probably go if we are relegated.
- Damien Duff: £2M.
Not worth selling for that amount, but he’s out if we are relegated because of his £60K/week wages.
- Geremi: Nominal fee.
We think Geremi is on his way out this summer no matter what, and we should be able to get £2M for him – almost sold in January.
- Fabricio Coloccini: £8M.
No way this player will leave Newcastle this summer if we are still in the Premier League – but will leave if we go down, as there’s no way he’d get his Argentine place back for the World Cup.
- Jonas Gutierrez: £5M.
No way this player will leave Newcastle in the summer unless we are relegated and then he will definitely leave to keep his place in the Argentine squad for the World Cup next summer.
- Habib Beye: £6M.
We signed him for £2M, and we will keep Beye at Newcastle for as long as he wants to stay. Newcastle will try to keep him even if we are relegated.
- Xisco: £2M.
This lad is showing better form on Tyneside, and may be kept anther year – to sell him now for £2M would be wasting around £4M on him all within 9 months – not a good deal. Probably keep him for one more year no matter what.
- Jose Enrique: £4M.
Becoming better and better the more he plays at Newcastle, and he loves it on Tyneside. Newcastle may try to keep him if we go down.
The players above in bold we think will be in their way out of Tyneside, whatever happens to Newcastle come the end of May.
And Claudio Cacapa is not even listed, and since his contract will expire in June, he’ll be on his way come the summer. The club will not pick up the one year option on the Brazilian’s contract.
That’s probably also true of David Edgar, whose contract expires and no new offer has been forthcoming form the club. However, if we get relegated Newcastle may decide to keep David for one year, since he’d be more than decent in the Championship.
So if we survive we think Viduka, Smith, Geremi, Cacapa and Edgar will be on their way out – that’s at least 5 players.
If we are relegated we think Owen, Viduka, Martins, Smith, Barton, Duff, Geremi, Coloccini, Gutierrez and Cacapa will leave, and that’s at least 10 players.
If we are relegated the club will try to hold onto the likes of Nolan, Butt, Steven Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Guthrie, Bassong, Harper, Beye, Xisco, Ameobi and Lovenkrands.
That’s a decent group of 11 players to build on in the Championship, and the goal would be to come straight back up – immediately.
But let’s hope we are not relegated.