As well as bringing some good players into Newcastle this summer, manager Alan Pardew will also try to unload some of the fringe players currently on Tyneside, and on high wages too.
Xisco – can Newcastle offload him this summer?
Here are four players who are almost certain to be offloaded by Newcastle this summer.
The difficulty with Xisco is we may not be able to unload him, because he’s on a fat contract at the club and he still has over a couple of years to go. Xisco is said to be on around £50K/week at Newcastle.
That’s one reason we shouldn’t sign up new players on 5 year deals and huge wages, until we know what they’re really like.
And then we can always extend and improve the contracts, much like the club did with the great Cheick Tiote recently.
Sol’s gamble to sign for Newcastle, and Newcastle’s gamble on signing a 35 year-old last summer (he’s now 36), has hardly worked, and we don’t expect Newcastle to offer Sol a new deal in the summer. Sol is on around £50K/week at Newcastle – a rough estimate.
It seems that Wayne again couldn’t cut it in the Premier League this season, and with QPR likely to be promoted and the fee already agreed between the two clubs, we think it’s highly likely Wayne will be a QPR player next season.
That”s one reason Newcastle are looking at wingers to bring in over the summer months. We’re not too sure of what wage Wayne is one – let’s guess around £500K/week.
Alan’s ankle injury could make it very difficult for him to come back anywhere near as good as he was. Alan had to readjust his fame after breaking the same ankle in a terrible injury when he was at Manchester United, and he settled back into a defensive midfield position.
Alan has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle and we think the likelihood that he could move on in the summer is high. Alan is on around £60K/week at Newcastle.
If Newcastle offload those four fringe players, they’ll save around £170K/week in wages, which is just short of £9M/year.
It’s hard to think we’d miss any of those players, since three of the four are not even playing at Newcastle at the moment.
Some other players who may be borderline include James Perch, who seems a decent enough utility player to keep at the club, and we think Ryan Taylor is a good utility player, and we certainly don’t want Ryan to move on.
Other players who could be laving Newcastle in the summer include Jose Enrique, because he wants to, and if Alan Pardew decides he needs to offload a goalkeeper, then Tim Krul or Fraser Forster could move out.
The likelihood would be that it will be Fraser, who turns 23 on Thursday, St. Patrick’s day.
Since the UEFA Fair Play rules go into effect in the summer for European clubs, Newcastle will be keen to offload fringe players who are on huge wages at the club.
That will help clear the way for around six top new players coming to Tyneside this summer. 😀
Let us know who you think should be moved on this summer.
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