Some players will definitely be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and they include players out of contract like Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling, and others who will be leaving will include Gabby Obertan and Romain Amalfitano, who just haven’t made it at Newcastle, and Jonas Gutierrez, who is on loan at Norwich City, will also be leaving the club in the summer after six years on Tyneside.
Ben Arfa - in action at Southampton
And then there are players who will be trying to prove to Alan Pardew over the last five games of the season, that they still have a future at the club.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about some of his players in the Shields Gazette today:
“There are still question marks about certain individuals, and whether they will stay here as we go forward as a football club.”
Two of the players who are fighting for their Newcastle careers are French wingers Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux.
In particular, things don’t look too good for Ben Arfa, who finds it hard to get in the Newcastle starting line=up these days and in the summer will only have one year left on his contract.
Sylvain Marveaux is a good player, but he doesn’t seem to have been given many chances by Alan Pardew this season, although in the first half of last season he looked very good.
Another player who may be moving in the summer is French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who had a shocker in the first half at Southampton, to go with a similar performance at Everton last year , and both times he was hauled off at half time.
Mapou can play quite solidly in most games, but he has too many of those games when he seems out of his depth.
It also may be too late for Steven Taylor, who is unlikely to be playing for his future, because we don’t think he’ll get in the side over the last five games, and Steven is now almost certainly going to leave his home town club in the summer, after 10 years of playing in the first team.
It looks to us like Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are the ones playing for their careers at the club through the end of the season – and Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling, Gabby Obertan, Romain Amalfitano and Jonas Gutierrez will definitely be leaving the club.
What do you think?