We did a piece earlier today on Tim Krul, and the fact that he deserves a new contract on Tyneside.
Fabricio Coloccini – contract runs out in summer of next year
But in writing that piece we realized there are a number of current players who need to have new contracts before the summer for different reasons.
Here’s a list of those players, and why they need new contracts very soon, and they are listed in no particular order:
- Fabricio Coloccini – his contract runs out in 18 months time and he is one of Newcastle top players and captain, and the club are trying to tie him down to a new five year deal
- Danny Guthrie – his contract runs out at the end of June, and he can already talk to other clubs from last month – and we don’t know really know where the club stand with Danny, but surely he deserves a new deal
- Danny Simpson – his contract runs out in 18 months time, but he has already turned down a number of offers from the club – and he may be holding out to become a free agent – as Jose Enrique did. Newcastle will sell him in the summer of he hasn’t singed a new deal by then
- Demba Ba – Everybody must now know that the Senegal striker has a £7M release clause in his contract and the deal must be renegotiated quickly, otherwise the Magpies could lose their top striker in the summer for peanuts, and that’s especially true now that West co-owner David Sullivan has told everybody that the player himself gets half the transfer fee
- Tim Krul – The Dutch goalkeeper is on a contract through 2014, but that was negotiated before his excellent form of this season, when he has not only become the new Newcastle number one goalkeeper, but is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League, and the 23 year-old deserves a new deal because of that
So it looks like Newcastle have lots of work to do in agreeing new deals for some of their best players, and it was not good news when Alan Pardew suggested recently, that deals for Guthrie, Coloccini and Simpson may have to be put on the back burner until the summer.
The reason given was so they could then all concentrate on having a good run-in to the season.
There’s nothing wrong with concentrating on the vital last 13 games of the season, but why do Newcastle seem to have so much bother in closing contracts for their current players?
We have a feeling it’s because the club wants to give players deals that are now heavily based on incentives, and while that’s good for the club, it doesn’t give the players a high guaranteed income, and probably not what they are currently receiving.
It also doesn’t give them big money unless Newcastle are successful in the league and in the Cup competitions.
But that’s the deal that Alan Pardew is on at Newcastle, and we have to think that’s one reason why these deals seem so hard to close.
That was true last year with Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton and there seems to be some problems this year with closing deals for Simpson, Coloccini and Guthrie.
What do you think about this?