Mehdi Abeid looks to be the first player at Newcastle this summer to be transferred, as his move to second division German club Fortuna Dusseldorf is close.
So it didn’t really work out for Mehdi, after he had such a good season on loan at Panathinaikos the season before last, when he played 38 games and scored 10 goals and was outstanding for the Greek side.
Mehdi Abeid in action last season
Abeid has traveled to Germany and if all goes well it looks like the deal will go through after he takes a medical there.
Mehdi joined us from Lens in the summer of 2011 as a free agent, but he hasn’t been able to make it on Tyneside and has played 21 times for the first team.
We thought Mehdi was touch and go as to whether he would stay, but Steve McClaren has already said there will be players starting to leave the club – either they will be sold or they will be loaned out to ease the wage bill.
Players who are expected to leave the club include Sylvain Marveaux, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and maybe goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
But we were hoping to have three experienced goalkeepers this season, so that we don’t end up having to play an inexperienced goalkeeper like we did last season with Jak Alnwick,
Maybe Freddie Woodman can be recalled from his loan spell at Crawley Town, in the event that Elliott leaves and Tom Krul and Karl Darlow are both inured?
Freddie really impressed in pre-season and he looks like a Newcastle goalkeeper of the future.
Others likely to leave Newcastle include Cheick Tiote, who has hardly featured in pre-season, presumably because of a knee injury, and if another striker comes in then Papiss Cisse will probably be sold.
However, if we insist on waiting until very late this month to try to get Charlie Austin in, that doesn’t leave us much time to sell Papiss Cisse.
Mike Williamson could also be sold, so we could be left with Coloccini, Mbemba, Taylor and Lascelles as the four center-backs.
It also seems that Curtis Good still has that long-standing hip problem, which needs to be sorted out.
We have sent three out on loan and we expect maybe another eight players to leave before September rolls around.