Mark Douglas in the Chronicle today is reporting that Newcastle will let a number of players leave this summer, and he names Mike Williamson, Yoan Gouffran, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux, Papiss Cisse and captain Fabricio Coloccini as being available for transfer for the right fee.
Leeds United were interested in signing Williamson early in the summer, but that deal didn’t go through, and it was because Leeds United’s bid wasn’t big enough.
Fabricio Coloccini – available for transfer
Haris Vuckic is not on the list, yet he wasn’t on the American tour so maybe we will see him play tomorrow at Sheffield United?
It looks like Steve McClaren is going to have a clear-out of the fringe players, and with Fab Coloccini likely moving to Crystal Palace or even back to Buenos Aries, Steve will need to name a new Newcastle captain for the upcoming season.
Daryl Janmaat was a huge favorite in the poll we conducted earlier this summer.
No offers have come in for any of those players yet, and it could be the latter half of August before any of the players leave the club.
It looks like Newcastle are concentrating on younger players, and it could be the end for Coloccini (33), Williamson (31) and Cisse (30) who are all in their thirties.
Local lad Steven Taylor will stay, and we will also have Jamaal Lascelles and hopefully Chancel Mbemba by Monday – so those are the center-backs we will have next season.
We also have Curtis Good, but he’s still having trouble with that injury he picked up playing for Australia for the first time in March of last year.
That injury really needs to be fixed because when he’s fit the left-footed Curtis is a decent enough young player, but injuries have halted his progress at Newcastle.
Newcastle will bring in one more center-back and he should be tall – maybe 6’4″ – like former top target Douglas who’s now at Dynamo Moscow and McClaren coached at FC Twente, or Joel Matip of Schalke.
Aymen Abdennour from Monaco would also be a tremendous signing for us.
Former Aston Villa and Birmingham manager Alex McLeish gives a great interview in the Chronicle today, and says Newcastle have got two top players from Anderlecht in Mitrovic and Mbemba.
Alex coached Genk last season and says that while Chancel isn’t that tall at around 6′ – he’s a very good header of the ball, and can get up high to head them away.
It looks like it’s really going to be a new team next season for Newcastle – and we definitely need Charlie Austin brought in and another top center-back.
Sounds good to us.