Newcastle Must Unload These Four Players This Week

While Alan Pardew is still hoping to bring in one or two players before the summer transfer window closes next Monday night, Newcastle still have some players they need to move out.

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Ben Arfa – flying no more at Newcastle

Currently Hatem Ben Arfa, Jonas Gutierrez and Shane Ferguson are not part of the first team squad, and they have been training with the Reserves and all three are available for transfer.

Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez have just one year left on their contracts and they could be looking to become free agents, and becasue of that may want to see out their last year on Tyneside or go out on loan to another club for the season.

Shane Ferguson has two years left on his contract, and had a poor loan spell last season at Birmingham City where he failed to make the bench earlier this year, but some lower league clubs could still come in for him during this last week of this transfer window.

Hatem Ben Arfa has fallen out with Alan Pardew, and there seems no way back for the 13 times capped French International.

And it’s unfortunate for Jonas that his contract reportedly states that if he plays a certain number of games for Newcastle, he is then entitled to get a new deal at the club.

Jonas has played 191 times for Newcastle and you have to think that magic number could be 200.

And finally, Haris Vuckic who turned 22 last Friday, will not get many games for Newcastle this season, and probably needs to be sent out on loan or even sold.

Haris arrived on Tyneside in January of 2009, but he has never fulfilled his great promise, and he still has two years left on his contract at Newcastle.

The Slovenian International was at Rotherham earlier this year on loan, but while hen played 13 times with one goal and was in the promotion winning side that reached the Championship in May, he was hardly ever a starter at the club.

And to think only two years ago both Haris and Shane Ferguson were two of Newcastle’s best young players for the future.

The current positions of these four players, shows just how difficult it can be as a professional footballer.

For the good of the players, we hope they all get fixed up at good clubs.

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21 comments so far

  • proud2bnufc

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #1

    In my opinion AP should give Vuckic more time to play first team.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #2


    To be honest, Vuckic would have had more games over previous seasons, had his ears not kept falling off and his toes spontaniously combusting. Made of glass 😀

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Nice to hear lots of support for Hatem with the songs at the last game.

    “Ben Arfa’s right, Pardew’s shi..”

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    It’s a shame for Haris with his injuries. It’s just unfortunate for him that he keeps letting injured.

    People’s bodies are made up differently and some are more susceptible to breaking down than others.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #5

    You make it sound like Vuckic has never been given a shot

    Out of all our youngsters Vuckic has been given done if the best loan clubs and given plenty of opportunities in the senior squad

    Mr.Glass has been given plenty of shots, but you can’t play him if he’s not fit!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6

    A couple of them could appear against Gillingham midweek

  • proud2bnufc

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #7

    And what about Abeid ? When Pardew want play him ? February ? Last 5 mins in match ?

  • Markaccus

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #8

    What about Abied??

    Pardew doesn’t play him, so suddenly he is the answer to life, the universe and everything. He should have tje no.42 shirt 😀

  • jayphoto

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Think Vuckic is the only natural #10 to cover de jong! I’d keep him and try and get him playing more this season!
    Can see why theyve lost patience with HBA! Any supporters questioned why no one has come in for him yet hes available on a free and his wages are only 38k p/w? For the huge talent he has that fact is very damning

  • gazza85

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Of these four I’d only really be bothered about seeing HBA leaving but if he’s fallen out with players as well as the management (which we’re led to believe) there really is no way back for him and moving him on is probably best for both parties.

    I still hope Squidward joins them in packing their bags though.

    Also anyone seen in the papers that we’re supposedly trying to hi-jack Hull’s move for Dawson?

  • proud2bnufc

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #11

    With Gillingham we should play our second squad. These all players should prove some skill and ability to play in first 11. We need to have a strong bench.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12

    Where have you heard that he is available for a free? The last reports on his price were over £5million as Ashley wanted a good price for him.

  • WestOzMag

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #13

    Shame that pardew doesnt see himself as the liabilty in the club and decides to leave. I hear a bid is being made by us for Dawson. Any truth in this??

  • switch365

    Aug 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14

    My team for Gills

    Chucky Ayoze
    Rolo Bigi Abeid Squidward
    Haidara MYM Anita

    Bench SDJ, Cabella, Gouff, Streete, Willo Satka Alnwick

    Seems to be the only way Bigi, Abeid and now Haidara will get a game.

  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s easy to say ‘sell them’ but much harder to do especially without buyers.

    Vuckic and Ferguson couldn’t get games when on loan at lower league teams. Not a great advertisement for buyers from the lower leagues.

    Ben Arfa came to us with a reputation as a difficult individual. He has now reverted to type. Not the best advertisement for any buying manager knowing that history strongly suggests that his new signing is almost certain to fall out with him.

    Unlike the other three, Jonas would be attractive to many clubs. Not sure being in Argentina, which is a bankrupt corrupt country, is his best option.

  • Byker Boy

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #16

    Spot on Ed they are a drain on the finances I totally agree, you summed it up precisely. There is no room for sentiment not in this case, get shot of them.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #17

    I don’t care about seeing Ferurson, Obertan, Saylor, Raylor or Gutierrez leaving. They are not to the Prem standard and should be replaced with quality. HBA is an immense talent and his poor attitude has been his downfall. So sad but it does seem there’s no way back for him. Though I still think Pardew has a vendetta against him and is making up excuses not to integrate with the squad at all costs.

  • Sav

    Aug 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    you forgot Squidward (its not hard to do) – he has to go too.

  • WLtoon

    Aug 25, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #19

    We,ve got no chance of moving these players on in this window now.
    They have been available for transfer all summer and nobody has bothered coming in for then, so i doubt its going to happen in the last 7 days.
    As we must ship out players before we buy,i think we are stuck with what we,ve got.

  • Ericles

    Aug 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #20

    It is madness to move Ben Arfa on. If anybody should go it is Pardew and we get a proper manager who can get the best out of him. Pardew seems to want Obertan who is not worth his wages. And I think the potential that Ferguson once showed has been blown away by Pardew’s inadequacies!

  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus – maybe you could arrange to let Pardew and Ashley have access to Big Thought?



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