It’s expected that Newcastle will announce the players they will retain in their squad next week.
Tamas Kadar – will leave Newcastle this summer
And the Magpies will have a bit of a clear-out and those not on the list will be leaving, and four players whose contracts will end on June 30th, seem certain to be released.
Those four players are Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Danny Guthrie and Tamas Kadar, and they were on five year, three year, five year and four year deals respectively.
Danny Guthrie has much as said he will leave via his Twitter account and thanked Newcastle fans for a wonderful four years, but Danny wants to find first team football elsewhere – and you cannot blame him for that.
We don’t know what happened to Tamas Kadar who was a really promising player two years ago, but just hasn’t come through , for whatever reason.
We already know that up to twelve development players being released with some, like goalkeeper Ole Soderberg already finding new clubs – and other youngsters leaving include Jeff Henderson, Ryan Donaldson, Phil Airey and Samuel Adjei.
Newcastle may also put players on the transfer list, and two of those could be Danny Simpson and goalkeeper Fraser Forster.
Fraser is almost a Celtic player it seems, as he is in talks with the Glasgow club about a permanent deal, so we have to assume a fee of around £2M has been agreed between the clubs.
There’s been a long running saga with Simpson, and he wouldn’t be the first one to be put up for sale with Newcastle losing patience with him.
In late 2010 local lad Steven Taylor was put on the transfer list, but that worked out well, because newly arrived Alan Pardew persuaded Steven to sing along the dotted line.
Steven was in the best form of his career in the first part of the season, and we hope to see the Greenwich-born lad come back strongly next season after his Achilles injury.
And Newcastle will probably try to unload young striker Nile Ranger, although his wages are high and that could be a problem.
That is definitely a problem with Spanish U21 player Xisco, who Newcastle will also try – for the last time – to move him out before his contract ends next year.
With so many Development players leaving we are expecting an influx of younger player into Newcastle over the summer, and we are hoping some of them are good enough to go straight into the Newcastle first team squad.
That’s what happened with then 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid last year, when he was impressive immediately in training and made the American tour in July.
It will be interesting reading when Newcastle release the information next week – but the task is to significantly improve the Newcastle squads at all levels in the summer.
Sounds good to us.
By the way did you hear the rumor that Newcastle are in for Lionel Messi?