News in the Journal this morning that Newcastle plan a huge clear-out of players in the summer, and while that’s not surprising given our terrible form and results this year, it seems it will also include some of our younger players.
James Tavernier – will leave this summer
James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana are three of our younger players said to be leaving the club, and that’s a surprise – and the biggest surprise is Bigirimana.
Gael is in his second year at the club after we signed him from Coventry City in the summer of 2012, and he played 25 times for the first team last season, but he has hardly had a look in this season, so we assume he hasn’t been playing well, although he has had some injuries.
Tavernier and Vuckic have already been offered to Championship and League One clubs in the last few weeks, so they have no futures on Tyneside, after their loan spell at Rotherham.
James has played (very) well for Rotherham, but Haris has not been able to get a starting place, and the Slovenian International has never fulfilled his enormous promise at Newcastle, when he was signed as a 16 year-old in January of 2009.
And Gael Bigirimana was offered to clubs for a loan spell earlier this season, but Newcastle couldn’t fix anything up for him, which is surprising.
Another player who may be up for transfer is Steven Taylor, but it’s not surprising the lad from Whitley Bay doesn’t want to leave his home town club, but wants to stay on and fight for his place next season.
Other players like Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa are almost certainly set to leave in the summer.
And we will not be keeping loan strikers Loic Remy or Luuk de Jong for different reasons, with Loic wanting to join a bigger club after a fantastic season at Newcastle, and Luuk has proved he is not good enough.
If all the players that have been mentioned in this article leave then that’s 13 players – that’s a lot.
What do you think?