Ever since the five Frenchmen came in during the January transfer window Mike Williamson seems to be the forgotten man, and cannot even get a place on the bench.
Mike Williamson – time is up at Newcastle?
Now Mike has played very well for Newcastle in the past, but has not had a good season and is now 4th choice at center-back – and while some players would be willing to accept that – we think Mike wants to play first team football, which is why he will leave Newcastle in the summer.
Mike’s been a good buy at just £1M from Portsmouth in January of 2009, and he helped us get promoted after Steven Taylor was injured in January of 2010, and Mike also helped us stabilize our position in the Premier League.
Mike has so far played 99 times for Newcastle but has yet to score his first goal.
Newcastle are being linked with a number of center-backs – including Mamadou Sakho of PSG, and it could be that we have both Mike and Fabricio Coloccini leave the club in the summer – and Newcastle would need to bring in two new center-backs.
And since Mike Williamson still has two and a half years left on his contract, we could demand a decent fee for the 29 year-old Stoke born player, and news today that Swansea are interested, as they build their squad for the Europa League next season – something Newcastle didn’t do last summer.
And Newcastle will continue to cut their wage bill – and that has already been helped this year by Xisco and Nile Ranger having had their contracts terminated by mutual consent.
Steve Harper will not have his contract renewed when it runs out on June 30th, and he will leave the club after a good 20 years service, and Danny Simpson, who had a poor game on Saturday, will also leave the club when his contract runs out at the end of June.
And we don’t think there’s much future for Gabby Obertan on Tyneside, and the Frenchman wants to play first team football, and there’s a good chance he will return to France this summer.
But Sylvain Marveaux, who at the beginning of the season had a lot to prove, has come through big time this season, and he now looks the player we thought we had signed almost two years ago – and Sylvain can be very useful for Newcastle in the future.
And finally we cannot see a future at the club for Dan Gosling, who signed on a four-year contract in the summer of 2010, and again we could get a decent fee for the former Everton and Plymouth player, if we sell him in the summer, which has to be a decent possibility.
The 23 year-old has played only 23 times with one goal in the last three seasons on Tyneside, and Newcastle will not want him to run down his contact, and be a free agent in fifteen months time.
So we think Williamson, Harper, Simpson, Obertan and Gosling could all leave, and when you add in captain Coloccini, who is almost certain to return to Argentina for family reasons, there’s six players who will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and younger players will be brought into the squad in their place.
What do you think?
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