Since the Sunderland defeat, there are two different transfer seasons that Newcastle may have to go through this summer - and one of them is almost unthinkable.
Derek LLambias - two scenarios possible for Chief Executive
One is business as usual, and in that case Newcastle will bring in some top players (or at least try to), and let a lot of fringe players and youngsters leave the club.
The second scenario is we get relegated and we’d need to sell a lot of our best players, and let a lot of fringe players and youngsters leave the club.
And because of our collapse this season, it will not be easy to get top players on Tyneside.
That second scenario is if we get relegated, and then we’ll need to identify which players will leave this summer, and if we and to guess. we’d say that Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy Davide Santon and Papiss Cisse are almost certain to want away.
That’s because they will want to be in their county’s squads for next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and want to play at the top level, and we could even see top goalkeeper Tim Krul leave.
Going through that would be almost unbearable for Newcastle fans – I know it would be for me – more than unbearable.
So that’s how important it is that we stay up this season, and we’ll not even mention the £70M in TV revenues we would lose with the enormous new three year deal for the Premier League due to start next season.
That’s the gravity of the situation Newcastle United find themselves in with just three games to play.
It must be causing some fans and management very high anxiety.
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