We expect at least five players to leave Newcastle this summer, and maybe even more.
Xisco – can we unload this player in the summer?
We expect Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands and Tamas Kadar (what went wrong for this lad?) to leave when their contracts run out in June, and maybe Danny Guthrie too, although we’d like to see Danny offered a new deal and stay.
Its a toss-up as to whether Danny Simpson will sign a new deal, but if he doesn’t he will be sold before he becomes a free agent a year come June, and there are recent reports that Chelsea may be interested in him.
If that’s true, and of course it’s difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t with some of the news, we may even get a decent fee for him from the Blues, but only if he refuses to sign a new deal.
Smith is said to earn around £60K/week and Peter is probably on around £20K/week if that – so it will free up the wage bill a little, especially with Alan moving on – although he wants to stay on as a youth coach at Newcastle.
The other first team player we expect to leave in the summer is goalkeeper Fraser Forster, which is one reason Newcastle are being linked with goalkeepers, the latest being Ali Al-Habsi of Wigan Atheltic.
And the last player we expect to leave – if somebody will only take him – is Xisco, who still has one year left on his contract, and will probably try to stay on Newcastle’s books to pick up the money for another year.
We paid about £5.7M for the lad, thank you Dennis Wise – and we have so far paid him £10M in wages, and this is what happens when you make a really bad signing, and give an unproven player a five year contract at £50K/week.
Xisco made around 9 appearances for the first team
He has been on loan at his old club Deportivo, who were relegated last season but have finished top of the Spanish second division with 76 points from their 36 games, and won the division by 5 points from Valladolid.
But Xisco made only 11 appearances this season for Deportivo, with only two starts and just one goal, so we don’t know if Deportivo will want to keep him on loan – but of course they still have the £5.7M Newcastle paid for the player four years ago.
We hope Newcastle can sell Xisco this summer, and since he appeared only 9 times for Newcastle with one goal – which he scored in his first game against Hull City – we have paid around £1.74M per appearance and £15.7M per goal for the Spaniard.
Ouch – why am I suddenly thinking of Michael Owen?
So the players who we think will be leaving are Smith, Lovenkrands, Kadar, Forster and Xisco, and maybe the two Dannys – Simpson and Guthrie – could also leave if they refuse to sign the new deals offered to them.
What do you think?