Newcastle May Need Lots Of New Recruits This Summer

One thing that is becoming obvious at Newcastle, is that the sudden sale of Yohan Cabaye to PSG last month is causing some disconnect among Newcastle players, and mainly the French players, much like the sale of Andy Carroll did three years ago, and it was no coincidence that Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton all left the following summer.

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Mathieu Debuchy – could leave this summer

And we expect a number of players to leave Newcastle this summer, and they could leave because of a couple of reasons.

One is that they want to leave, and that could include some of our best players like Mathieu Debuchy, Loic Remy and Fab Coloccini, and it was bad news when we heard that Mathieu Debuchy said he was at Newcastle until the end of the season, but that he didn’t know where he would be next season.

Mathieu still has almost four and half years left on his contract at Newcastle, but it seems some big clubs – like Bayern Munich for example – could be in for him this summer,  and as usual at Newcastle – if the money is good enough Mathieu will leave.

Ben Arfa may also be one that thinks it’s best to leave the club where he has been unable to gain a regular starting place this season and Inter-Milan are already said to be very interested.

And then the other reason lots of players could be leaving this summer is that Newcastle will unload, and it seems there will be a number of players who have just not made the grade at the club, or are past their best, and they include players like Jonas Gutierrez, Shola Ameobi, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Steven Taylor,  Dan Gosling and maybe Papiss Cisse and David Santon.

It seems that Newcastle may need to being in a right back and a center back, some wingers, some creative central midfielders and some strikers this summer – sounds almost like we need a new team. 😀

We hope Graham Carr is lining up replacements now, because there could be a huge clear-out this summer based on our best players wanting to leave and Newcastle clearing out those players they don’t want any more.

And Mike Ashley should be appointing a new Director of Football soon, as there seems lots of work for him to do.

What do you think?

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17 comments so far

  • toon1707

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    All just speculation at the minute I think a lot of our better players will wait and see who is brought in during the summer to improve the team before leaving

  • G

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Regardless of how things turn out, as somebody posted on the last thread, we need at least 7 players regardless. I’m not saying we will buy 7, but we need to replace Cabaye, Shola, Jonas, Oba, Colo, Remmy and we need at least 1 more striker.

  • Slank

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Blofal @ 68

    All clubs know, although some (Sunderland, Spurs and QPR) forget, that mass comings and goings of players rarely, if ever, achieve success in the first year and very often lead to a major decline in performance and sometimes relegation (eg QPR and hopefully Sunderland).

    I would imagine that there will be quite a few bids in the summer coming in but I don’t expect all of them to be accepted.

    In terms of a depleted squad we can only have the required number specified by the league. It’s the depth of quality that is the worry and not necessarily the quantity. But having said that most teams outside of the top four have this problem.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4


    While i agree our players are more versatile, i still dont think we could get away with the portugese style of play. If a manager like that could come in, and adapt that style to also cope with the pace and power of the prem league, then it might work. I am not saying it is a bad idea. I like attacking football. 😀

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    even if they got rid a load of players I can’t them all being replace so then our squad will be smaller than it is now, hopefully I’m wrong. But if we get rid say 10 players then I want 10 in, but I think I’m hoping to much

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6


  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #7

    we need to sign 4 players (replace the 3 outgoing striker) and cabaye just to stand still.

    We also need to improve and replace squad/fringe players like jonas, marv, etc too.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t think it’s just speculation at all

    Debuchy has said he doesn’t know past summer

    Colo will be gone come summer

    HBA will be gone with only a year left on his contract , the club has always said they will avoid letting players run out contracts

    Marvaeux will most likely be gone

    Shola will be out of contract

    Gosling will be out of contract

    Remy will be gone

    Cisse the club have said will be assessed in the summer

    Obertan will be gone

    Jonas will be gone

    That’s 10 players, summer is going to be a very painful window for us
    And there will be a hell of a lot of clubs reluctant to do business until after the WC

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Just can’t see Ashley having the will nor the knowledge to be able to rebuild the squad on top of finding a properly suited Director of Football, a MD who knows what he’s doing and a new Academy coach plus any (much needed) additions to the senior coaching staff

    Then there’s what happens if Pardew fails to hit his top 10 target and he has to find a new manager

  • martoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #10

    It is hard to believe we will replace all the above mentioned players – especially without a DoF or Chairman in place – we need to be planning NOW. As regards Debuchy he signed a 4.5 year contract – he can’t start crying just because his buddy has moved to a different club – man up!

  • crockwell

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #11

    Shola, Gosling and Newton are of of contract. Remy and De Jong will go back to their clubs. Jonas, Marv and Ben Arfa also look to be on their way out and I wouldn’t be surprised if Colo had an agreement like Cabaye where he’s offski at the end of the season. That’s 9 players there before you even start thinking of bids for the likes of Santon, Debuchy and Tiote. Relegation next season looks a distinct possibility because no way will Ashley bank roll 9 or 10 signings. The likes of Bigi, Sammy, Dummett, Good, Vuckic, Tavernier, Armstrong, Campbell etc will be expected to step up to the plate and the majority are just not good enough.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #12

    5 and a half year contract
    Will have to be a big fee, should keep the accountants happy

  • magicbus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Might need players but doubt if we get them

  • martoon

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    toonarmydownsouth – I stand corrected 😉

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    The squad is definitely at a tipping point. As mentioned, a fair few players have had their time and have to go. Others will want to go, and who can blame them. No player of quality or potential with any ambition will want to come anywhere near us after witnessing the shambles that has been NUFC of the last couple of years. I can envisage a cobbled together, budget priced squad of also-ran types who, at best, might just be able to stave off relegation if we’re lucky. This is running a football club Mike Ashley style. Cheap, ugly, and hitting the lowest common denominator as a philosophy.

  • toonluvva

    Feb 20, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Like most of the previous posters, I cannot see Mr Ashley making big strides in the transfer market over the summer. The main exception being those going out.

    Mr Ashley doesn’t seem to understand how football is different to running his SD business. Keeping wages and staffing levels low (zero hour contracts) is key to running a retail company.

    We need someone who can persuade him to appreciate that trying to run a Premiership club on a small squad is not the wisest option.

    If we do ship out the numbers of players predicted elsewhere, the main job of the DoF (assuming we appoint one) or the manager will be to prise sufficient funds from Mr Ashley to replenish our squad with a little help from Graham Carr.

    Failure to do so will leave us the mercy of injuries and suspensions and liable to dropping back into the Championship.

  • Reggie

    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #17

    He won’t have much money from season ticket sales to spend on new players cos loads of mates I know aren’t renewing and he has also froze the price, apart from sky money where will the money come from?? I can see him selling more players because of the reduced money coming in to line his pockets a bit more, time he was gone and we can start again with someone who cares about football for the right reasons.


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