As the summer draws near, it’s becoming a little bit clearer which players will definitely leave Newcastle and which players may still leave – depending on circumstances, and mainly on how well they play in the last few games of the season.
Coloccini – not clear if he will be leaving Newcastle this summer
With the news in the Journal today that Steven Taylor will be let go this summer, after ten years in the first team, and always assuming that’s true, here are the seven players who will definitely leave the club in the summer.
- Loic Remy – Loic will leave when his loan spell finishes and he’s had a great season on Tyneside, and he’s just a fantastic player and a first class professional. He’s handled himself extremely well on Tyneside, and it’s just a pity Newcastle were not a little bit (maybe a lot) more ambitious, and we would have had a chance of keeping him.
- Shola Ameobi the 32 year-old veteran will leave his home town club after playing 14 years in the Newcastle first team, having made his debut for the side back in September of 2000, under the great former manager Bobby Robson. Will probably find another club in the summer.
- Dan Gosling – the 24 year-old was signed as a free agent from Everton four years ago, but has never really made it on Tyneside, and it’s best that he move to some other club for his own future career, and a number of top Championship sides could be after the free agent in the summer.
- Jonas Gutierrez – the Argentine’s time is up at Newcastle after six years on Tyneside, and he is currently on loan at Norwich, although he has played precious few games for the Canaries, having been injured for most of the time. In fact he’s played only two games in East Anglia and will be made available for £3M this summer.
- Gabby Obertan – has hardly even been seen this season, and very rarely makes even the bench, and in his third season on Tyneside, he has just not made the grade, and he will be sold in the summer, and will probably return to France.
- Steven Taylor – has become the fourth choice center-back this season, and will be allowed to leave in the summer, and a number of both Premier League clubs and top Championship clubs will be interested in the 28 year-old, who made his debut almost exactly 10 years ago for the great Sir Bobby Robson.
- Conor Newton – there was news late last week that Newcastle will not offer the 22 year-old local lad a new deal this summer, so he will seek pastures anew, but it may not be at St Mirren, where Conor has played very well on loan for the last two seasons. Conor will have a good career as a footballer, but not at his local club.
And in addition to those seven, there are some other players who may leave, depending on how well they perform through the end of the season.
Here are those players who could leave in the summer.
- Luuk de Jong – had a poor game on Saturday, and with only eight games left in the season, time is running out for the Dutch International to show he should get a permanent deal on Tyneside – it’s likely he will not be retained in the summer.
- Fabricio Coloccini – we are all still in the dark about whether the Argentine International and Newcastle captain will want to return to Buenos Aries this summer to be with his family – but we really hope that Fabricio will stay and see out the last two years of his contract on Tyneside – he’s an important player for the club.
- Papiss Cisse – playing for his Newcastle future, but had a good game on Saturday and went close with a number of decent efforts, and of course scored the winner with a great header almost at the death. We hope the number 9 stays at the club – the 28 year-old can still score goals.
- Hatem Ben Arfa – another player playing for his Newcastle career, and the Frenchman will have only one year left on his contract come July, and Newcastle will need to decide whether they sell him this summer or offer him a new deal. There are not many match-winners like Ben Arfa – we hope he gets offered a new deal on Tyneside – he can still do the job for Newcastle as he proved on Saturday.
- Sylvain Marveaux – playing for his future, but this former French U21 International is a talented footballer, and has played some good games for Newcastle, although not too many this season – we hope he stays on Tyneside and it’s up to the manager to use him and get the best out of him.
- Davide Santon – with local lad Paul Dummett coming through well and taking over the first team left back spot since the Tottenham game, Newcastle may decide they have enough cover at left back with Massadio Haidara and Yanga-Mbiwa, and could therefore cash in on the Italian International , a number of top Italian clubs are interested in taking Davide back home this summer.
Which players do you think will leave the club this summer?