Newcastle could unload around five players this summer, and replace them with younger players of better quality.
Sol Campbell – likely to leave in the summer when contract runs out
That’s certainly one way to keep improving the Newcastle squad, and it looks like the club will have more activity in this summer’s transfer window, than in a number of years.
And with Chief Scout Graham Carr building up a good track record on Tyneside over the last 18 months or so, we have to hope that the club will get some decent bargains over the summer as well.
And Alan Pardew has already said that Newcastle have some big money players lined up, and that being the case, the question is whether can we attract those top players to the Newcastle club.
One player we’ve been linked with is Nigerian left-back Taye Taiwo, and he looked very convincing in last night’s game against Manchester United.
The Red Devils reached the quarter finals of the Champions League with a hard fought 2-1 win, but Marseilles looked a good side full of quality players.
If Jose Enrique does decide to call it quits on Newcastle in the summer we’d be more than satisfied to see this player coming to Tyneside.
But of course Tottenham and Liverpool are also interested in Taiwo, and they probably have more drawing power than Newcastle right now..
As for the players Pardew will move out this summer, we reported yesterday we thought he’d unload Xisco, Alan Smith, Sol Campbell and Wayne Routledge, but there’s likely to be more than that leave in the summer.
One of our young goalkeepers – either Tim Krul or Fraser Forster – could be move out, and other fringe players like James Perch and young Danny Guthrie could also be sold.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew refuses to discuss who may move out in the summer, and he had this to day to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“I’m not going to talk about any outgoings at all,” “They are decisions we’ll make at the end of the season – and I think that applies to all the decisions like that. We’ve stopped all contracts talks until then as well.”
“All the players have got plenty to play for between now and the end of the season, and whether they will still be here, I think that’s part of it.”
“You look at this group of players, it’s our first season in the Premier League. You look at the three teams that got promoted. West Brom, Blackpool and ourselves, we’re all out of the bottom three, but not by much.”
Five players out and five or six new players in would be a decent piece of business in the summer, as long as we can get most of our top targets to Tyneside this summer.