There is a report in the Telegraph today that Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote all want to leave Newcastle this summer, and of those players the club would only want Cheick to leave in the summer.
Moussa Sissoko – wants to play in Champions League
And the report suggests that the agents of Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote are already looking for clubs for their clients to join in the summer.
It’s been fairly obvious that both Sissoko and Tiote want out of Newcastle, and Moussa has made it very clear he wants to play in the Champions League, and there’s no chance of doing that at Newcastle – period.
But it comes as a bit of a shock that it seems goalkeeper Tim Krul also wants out – although there were also rumors at the end of last season and after the World Cup, that he considered leaving Newcastle for a bugger club.
A number of top clubs are interested in Tim, and he could probably also get Champions League football elsewhere, after being at the club for 10 years when we’ve never participated in Europe’s top league.
And Papiss Cisse is reported to want to leave because he’s not happy that negotiations haven’t yet started for a new deal to stay on Tyneside, and that may not now be possible since he turns 30 in June.
It’s Krul and Cisse that Newcastle didn’t expect to want to leave.
But when you run a club like Newcastle have this season and sell players in January, when we were obviously so short of players, you will always start to lose your best players.
And that’s what’s continuing to happen, as we keep selling our best players and therefore we are always in rebuilding mode – and that’s exactly what will happen this summer – we’ll be rebuilding again.
It’s a never-ending circle, and Newcastle never get to building a top side, and in January we even sold our manager for around £4M and didn’t replace him – and that will have sent another message to the squad too.
But it’s good for the finances.
Lots of players will leave and lots of players will come in to replace them this summer.
It looks like it’s going to be a water-shed transfer window for Newcastle, but we were hoping to keep our best players, but if nothing changes in the way the club is run from the top – it will happen again in one or two years time.
And of course the new players always need quite some time to settle in, as we’ve found out again this season.
And it wasn’t just a coincidence that Mathieu Debuchy wanted out last summer, after his pal Yohan Cabaye was allowed to leave in January for £20M, and wasn’t even replaced.
So make no mistake about it – if these players leave Newcastle it’s because the club doesn’t have the ambition to satisfy these players – it’s really as simple as that.
There’s no telling whether this story by Luke Edwards is true – but it would not be all that surprising, given the way the team has again collapsed in the second half of the season, and the club is running with a threadbare squad for the rest of the season.
That’s even when plenty of money was available to strengthen the squad in January.
There’s only so long you can run a club on a shoestring, before the best players realize what is happening – that there’s no ambition and want out.
That’s what happened here – make no mistake about that.
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