With James Perch telling the Sunday Sun that he wants to leave Newcatsle and go back to a Championship side so he can get a regular game next season, it seems Newcastle could have quite a clear-out this summer.
Xisco – who will take this lad?
Shefki Kuqi and Sol Campbell have already been released, and last week the surprise news that captain Kevin Nolan was sold to West Ham for around £4.5M.
It seems the club would like to get rid of most of the fringe players, as long as they can bring in some other players, and then move some of the good youngsters into the first team squad.
Players who Newcastle will definitely want to move out include James Perch, Nile Ranger, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Wayne Routledge, Xisco and Kazenga LuaLua.
The problem with Xisco is that no club will take him because of his huge wages, and Newcastle are paying this lad
around £50K/week, and he still has two years left on his contract.
So while the Magpies would love to sell him to get his wages off the books, probably the best they can do is try to find a side to send him out on loan to, for the next two years, and have that club help with his wages.
It’s another disastrous mistake the club has made with Xisco, that’s for sure.
We assume Routledge will move to QPR or some other club, and LuaLua is close to a to Brighton, and a number of clubs are after Nile Ranger, including Bolton Wanderers.
The problem that may stop former captain Alan Smith from being moved out, is his huge £60K/week wages, but it’s clear the leaders at the club over the last two years – Nolan, Smith, Enrique and Barton – are probably on their way out of Newcastle, and the side will be left with precious few leaders.
We expect a number of Championship clubs to come after striker Leon Best, and I’m not too sure why we are unloading him this summer at all, since surely he deserves another season in the PL with Newcastle, after doing so well this year with 6 good goals.
We have to assume Mike Ashley doesn’t think that way.
Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi can probably do a job for Newcastle from the subs bench next season, so we don’t expect those players to be moved out.
Joey Barton and Jose Enrique are also two players who could move this summer, but we are losing far too many of our top established and proven players all at once, and that can be dangerous – but we assume that’s what the owner wants to do.
What is very clear, is that Mike Ashley along with Derek LLambias are setting the agenda on the transfers at Newcastle, both in and out.
Let us know your views on who you think should go – and who should stay at Newcastle this summer.
Note: Rory McIlroy just won the US Open tournament as I finished this article – a fantastic performance by the 22 year-old, especially after what happened on the last 9 holes at the Masters – guts and glory indeed from the lad from Northern Ireland – Americans just love this lad.