It’s a good question as to which players will be leaving the club this summer, since we need a bigger squad than we had last season, if only to be able to get past all the injuries we seem to pick up every season.
And since John Carver kept saying there were players not good enough for Newcastle and they will be leaving the club this summer, we assume a number of them will be on their way.
Mehdi Abeid to leave this summer?
The Sun today have identified three players they think will leave Newcastle – Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran – and since they still have contracts at Newcastle, they will be put on the transfer list.
After 22 year-old Mehdi Abeid, who is of Algerian descent but born in France (that’s why I’m saying he’s French in this article), had done so well in Greece last year while on loan.
We were hoping he would come through, but Carver hardly played him this year, and it’s a good bet that Panathinaikos will be back in for him this summer.
That’s where he had an excellent loan spell and hit 10 goals in 38 appearances for the Greek side.
Gabby Obertan showed his best form of the season until he was injured against Liverpool, but it looks like the former Manchester United winger will be moved on this summer.
And another Frenchman, Yoan Gouffran, has been disappointing thee last two seasons, and while he works hard he hasn’t been the goal threat we had hoped he would be.
Not many players played well for John Carver this year – most players didn’t show anywhere near their best form for the coach who lacked man-management skills – and just couldn’t get the players to play for him.
So we are hoping Steve McClaren will be able to take a look at all the players in pre-season, before deciding who should leave – Steve shouldn’t rely on what John Carver tells him about the players.
After all McClaren may be able to get some of those fringe players playing at or near their best,
And we must retain a bigger squad for next season, otherwise we could soon be down to the bare bones again because of injuries, as we were this year.