Newcastle will be having a mini clear-out after what has turned into a second half debacle this season and we’ve lost 12 of the last 17 games, and failed to score in 12 of them.
Gabby Obertan - will leave in summer
Players who will definitely be moving on are out of contract players Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling, even though Dan has played well for Newcastle in our last two games, when he finally was given a chance.
Romain Amalfitano and Gabby Obertan are two Frenchmen who have simply not made it at Newcastle and are not good enough, and will also be moved out – and probably back to France.
Two loan players will also not be at Newcastle next season but for different reasons.
Loic Remy want sot move to a great club – and Luuk de Jong has not been good enough – and it may be he is not given many chances over the last 4 games, having already appeared in 10 games with no goals, and he’s never looked like scoring.
And it seems that Jonas Gutierrez has played his last game for Newcastle and will put on sale for £3M in the summer, and Conor Newton – on loan at St. Mirren for a second successive season will not get a contract renewal this summer.
And other players who could possibly leave in the summer include Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
But Newcastle have to be very careful that we don’t throw the baby out with the bath water – so to speak.
Some of those players are very good and Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux have loads of skill, but it was worrying that Alan Pardew refused to even talk about Ben Arfa after Saturday’s defeat at Stoke City.
We shouldn’t lose much more than eight this season, because replacing them all could then be very difficult.