With some top players like Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique, and potentially Joey Barton being moved out of Newcastle this summer, the Magpies will look a lot different side next season.
Yohan Cabaye – on a well-earned vacation
On the positive side, Newcastle should have a lot more skill in the side with Cabaye, Ba, Marveaux, Ben Arfa and Gosling all adding skill to the side for next season.
There’s five almost all new players for a start, with Gosling making one short sub appearance last year and Ben Arfa making only four.
And Newcastle’s signings this summer have hardly started, with Neil Taylor expected to be signed this week from Swansea, and Newcastle will also bring in at least one more top striker, and have also been linked with St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi.
They will also bring in an experienced left-back too, if Jose Enrique leaves, as is very likely.
Newcastle’s first signing is a quality player – former Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye – who is now on vacation before returning for Newcastle’s pre-season training in two weeks time.
Alan Pardew will play a basic 4-4-2 formation with the second striker being Ben Arfa, who will play slightly behind Senegal International Demba Ba, who has shown with West Ham, he can score lots of goals in the Premier League.
Indeed, the amount of change going on in the Newcastle squad is a lot more than a lot if us were expecting, and there’s both good and bad in that level of change.
Yohan Cabaye talked to the Newcastle local press today:
“It’s important to stay in the Premier League, and the club’s ambition is to compete in the top half of the division.”
“I’m confident the club can climb the league in the coming years. The club has some very good players, we’re bringing in some exciting players and I think I can add something to the squad and the team.”
“I enjoy being on the ball and having possession, and that is what the manager wants from me. I’m looking forward to the new season.”
“I’m excited to meet the staff and the players, and looking forward to integrating myself into the team. I’m also looking forward to living in England,”
“But I have had a long season, and first I am looking forward to having a break before the challenge of playing in the Premier League for Newcastle.”
“I’m very happy to have signed for Newcastle, but I must first rest and prepare myself for pre-season training.” “Next season is very important for me and the club, and I want to be ready to play my part.”
One major thing that`Alan Pardew will need to do this pre-season is choose a new captain, with Kevin Nolan having surprisingly left for Championship football with the Hammers.
If Joey Barton is moved on, he cannot become captain, and may not even assume to that position, if he sees out the final year of his contract on Tyneside.
It could be that Yohan is a candidate for the Newcastle captaincy, although local lad Steven Taylor may also be a candidate, and there’s always Fab Coloccini, who just loves things at Newcastle.
And then of course it could be true that the new captain has not even joined Newcastle yet.
Of the players remaining at the club – who do you think would make a decent captain for next season?