Newcastle could unload up to nine first teamers in the summer months.
Xisco – in action for Deportivo La Coruna this season
We have an inkling there could be lots of changes made in the Newcastle squad this summer.
It looks like Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith, Nile Ranger, Tamas Kadar, Xisco, Peter Lovenkrands and Fraser Forster could all leave the club in the summer.
That’s seven players who are part of the first team squad, and Newcastle will need to replace them with better players in the summer, if they do in fact leave.
And there’s a chance that Danny Simpson could be moved out if he doesn’t sign a new deal by the summer, and Dan Gosling is also a player who could be sold in the summer, since he is finding it so hard to get regular games on Tyneside.
It’s certain only that Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands and Tamas Kadar will not have their contracts renewed and Newcastle will once gain try to unload Xisco, who is still on £50K/week, and the lad still has one year left on his five year deal.
Xisco is currently on loan for the season at his previous club Deportivo, who are now in the Spanish second division, but the famous Spanish club is on 63 points from their 29 games and are top of the division and 5 points ahead of Celta in second position.
It looks like Xisco has made only 7 appearances this season for Deportivo with one start and one goal.
And if Newcastle do unload a number of players we should expect a number of new players coming through the door over the summer months – and here are just 12 of the players Newcastle have already been linked with:
Virgil van Dijk – FC Groningen’s Dutch defender – 19
Romain Amalfitano – Stade Reims French attacking midfielder -22
Douglas – Brazilian 6’4″ center-back at FC Twente – 24
James Tomkins – West Ham defender or midfielder, English – 23
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa- Montpelier captain, French, defender – 22
Jan Vertonghen – Ajax and Belgium 6’3″ center-back – 23
Benjamin Corgnet – French attacking midfielder – Dijon – 24
Cheikh M’Bengue – Toulouse and Senegal left back – 22
Erik Pieters PSV – Dutch left back at PSV Eindhoven – 23
Jacob Butterfield – Barnsley central midfielder – English – 21
Adam Maher – AZ Dutch-Morrocan central midfielder – 18
John Guidetti – Man City striker – Swedish – on loan, Feyenoord – 19
There are more of course, but the key is that Newcastle replace those who leave with better, and hopefully younger players.
And then our squad should be improved significantly for next season, when we could be back in Europe for the first time since 2007.
Looks good to us.