When you consider that the Newcastle squad is very small, and just too small for the Premier League, we wouldn’t expect too many players to depart Newcastle in the summer.
Wayne Routledge – to move to QPR in summer
Some players who have been mentioned as being moved out this summer are James Perch, Alan Smith, Danny Guthrie and even Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, but we think it would be a mistake to move any of these players out, and they should be kept to boost the size of the newcatsle squad for next season.
While James Perch has his critics among the Newcastle faithful, the last few times he’s played for Newcastle, he’s played like his life depended on it, and he’s got the guts to be a good squad player for the Magpies.
Another player who has been mentioned that may move out is Ryan Taylor, but the 26 year-old can do a good job for Newcastle when he’s called on.
Of course he’s not too happy to just sit on the bench all the time on Tyneside, and we’ve been a little surprised that Ryan hasn’t seen much action since he played so well on the right wing for Newcastle against Bolton, before he received his straight red card.
So we don’t expect too many players to leave Newcastle this summer, but the obvious players who will leave seem to be Sol Campbell, whose contract will not be renewed, Wayne Routledge, who will likely move to newly promoted QPR and the Magpies will at least get their money back on him.
Finnish International Shefki Kuqi, who was brought in only as cover at the striker position for the last five months of the season, will also leave.
Unfortunately we also think Jose Enrique, who gave another interview yesterday that would qualify him for a diplomatic career, will also move on.
If Newcastle can get £10M for Jose, that would even be a decent deal, and Newcastle should be able to sign a good and experienced left back (M’Bengue from Toulouse?) to replace him.
And of course we still have young Shane Ferguson, who’s looked just great in the Newcastle first team at left back this year.
So that’s all we would expect to leave Newcastle this summer – Campbell, Routledge, Kuqi and Enrique.
The £10M or whatever Newcastle can get for Enrique, should be reinvested into the squad to pay both transfer fees and wages of the new players coming into the club.
Who do you think should be sent packing this summer from Newcastle?