Chris Hughton will soon start to make some important decisions on his squad in the next week or so.
Fabrice Pancrate – will leave Newcastle this summer
And news today that Chris met with Newcastle Managing Director Derek Llambias yesterday as part of ongoing transfer talks – and he could well make announcements soon on the futures of Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate and on-loan QPR center-back Fitz Hall.
We don’t expect either Fabrice Pancrate or Fitz Hall to be on Tyneside in August.
Pamcrate is too inconsistent in his play, although we’ll always remember the goal he scored at St. Jmeas’ Park against Watford on December 5th last year – what a terrific goal.
The lad has ability but doesn’t show it enough, and in some games for Newcastle this year he’s been almost anonymous, and he’s not done enough to warrant a new contract at Newcastle.
And while Fitz Hall has been good when he’s played, it seems he’s been out far too much with hamstring injuries and at age 29, that will not help him either.
Pancrate, signed as a free agent back in November, just hasn’t been able to make a big enough impact, since Wayne Routledge moved to Tyneside in January.
Finally, there is also mention in the Journal today that Leon Best’s time left at the club may be a short one, since he hasn’t looked too good since arriving from Coventry City in January, and is unlikely to look much better in England’s top league.
If Newcastle do bring in another striker, which seems likely, they may unload Leon to a Championship club, to ensure 19 year-old Nile Ranger’s progress is not impeded by having too many strikers at the club.
A season long loan for Leon may also be considered, and there would be a number of clubs interested in taking Best for next season.