Alan Shearer may find it easier to decide who he wants to keep, rather than who he wants to sell this summer.
Alan Shearer – new Newcastle manager?
That’s because the list is shorter, and he can pick those players who gave their all, in our relegation battle – add some of the top youngsters to the first team squad, and the club will have base of around 21 players – and then Alan and his team will need to add say 10 players in the summer.
Thses are the players we (this blog) would like to see at the club in August
- Steve Harper
- Habib Beye
- Steven Taylor
- Sebastien Bassong
- Kevin Nolan
- Nicky Butt
- Danny Guthrie
- Damien Duff
- Peter Lovenkrands
- Shola Ameobi
- Andy Carroll
- Ryan Taylor
From looking through some comments recently we can hear the groans about Nicky Butt form soem readers – but Nicky’s vast experience will be crucial to us next season.
Yes he’s getting on at 34, but one thing we fully expect in pre-season is that Shearer will have the squad the fittest squad in English football – and that includes the Premier League.
That’s what Kevin said last summer – and it makes so much common – sense – whatever squad we have there’s not reason why they cannp be in top top fitness so w can come on strong in games near the end – to capture the 3 points – and yes, there’s a little bit of hope in that sentence!
If there were doubts with a player, and he could bring in some money in the transfer market – we left him out of the base squad.
A case in point is Jose Enrique who is on around £2M a year – and we think we can get some good full-backs in, who will bge as good for much less money. Tamas Kadar isn’t too bad right now at left-back for instance.
The Hungarian now finally recovering form his broken leg is already training as he is determined to get in the first team next season. We also have to say like that attitude from our youngsters.
Remember the 6’2″ defender was called up for the full Hungarian squad last summer, but was injured and returned home – so he’s already a good player at just 18.
And we’ve included Andy Carroll there because he’s played quite a few games for the first team last season – us last season – 16 appearances and 3 goals.
Alan can then add these exciting youngsters to next season’s first team squad
- Tim Krul
- Fraser Forster
- Tamas Kadar
- Ben Tozer
- Haris Vuckic
- Nile Ranger
- Kazenga LuaLua
- Wesley Ngo Baheng
- Mark Doninger
And Alan will have squad of 21 players as a base to build on, and he can then add say 10 players to that base during the summer.
When you look at the base squad, it’s not at all bad – and if Alan does that the club will let go of the following players:
- Gonzalez (loan)
And of those, Alan could well decide to give David Edgar a one year contract – since he should be more than decent in the Championship, especially in his preferred position of center-back.
A rough estimate of the wages of the players above is about £700K/week – and that’s around £36M for the year.
Obviously those are estimates, but that will cut the wage bill from £74M to around £38M – which is around half of what it is now. It will then be increased as new players come to the club – but that should be manageable.
And in order to keep Bassong why couldn’t we offer the lad £2M/year to get him to stay – after all he would be worth the money, which is unusual at Newcastle, we know. 😀
£36M a year – that’s an unbelievable savings for the club – and as keep saying we will not miss too many of them at all.
There are several assumptions here of course – and the biggest one of all is that Alan Shearer will become Newcastle’s manager – and shortly!
And looking at the potential cuts in the playing staff above, it shows the tremendous opportunity the club has of not only getting on a strong financial footing, but also getting value for money for the wages they pay the players.
What a unique concept that is – especially at Newcastle!
Comments are always welcome – let’s have your ideas and opinions on this.