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Newcastle´s Injury Prone Players Could Leave This Summer

8:34 am, Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

There´s a good article in the Chronicle today with a discussion on what to do with six players whose contracts run out this summer.

All but one of the players who will be hoping for new contracts seem to be injury prone and haven´t played too much for the club because of the injuries they have had repeatedly.

The six are Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Rolando Aarons, Freddie Woodman, Gabby Obertan and Kevin Mbabu and the last two are still out injured and Steven Taylor and Rolando have only just returned to fitness after being out injured for much of the season.

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Steven Taylor in action at Manchester United in August

Letting injury prone players leave could also have a positive impact on Newcastle´s injury record, which seems to be the worst of any Premier League club every single season and one of our players – Curtis Good – has been out injured for almost two years now.

The one that is easy to decide on positively is young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and he should be given a new deal and why he hasn´t been given one yet is a concern.

Maybe he has indicated he wants to leave the club with Liverpool and Crystal Palace – where his father Andy is now coaching – are interested.

Sylvain Marveaux has managed to stay at Newcastle for five years since signing on in the summer of 2011 as a free agent from Rennes, but the last time he played was in early 2014 and he spent last season on loan at Guingamp where he played 24 times.

He has played only 57 times for Newcastle with two goals in five years and was told he could leave last summer and he will leave this summer.

Gabby Obertan is good when he´s in form but he´s out injured far too much and we don´t think it´s worth giving Obertan another deal at Newcastle – it will open up things to bring in some new players.

The two youngsters Rolando Aarons and Kevin Mbabu are two very good players who are both just 20 years old,  but they have had lots of problems with injuries.

If only Kevin was fit right now he could have been tried at left back and he looked good when he did play full back for the first team last year.

With the two lads being top prospects we would be surprised if both don´t get new deals at Newcastle this summer, but maybe only for a couple of years?

And the real difficult decision is with Steven Taylor who last year was out injured all but the August games, but he did his hamstring in after playing really well at Manchester United and only returned last Saturday and put in a good performance at the back against West Brom.

Steven is a good player when fit, but is hardly ever available – and since January of 2010 – he has played only 87 times for the club – an average of about 14 times a season.

So he´s an expensive player to have on the books given he doesn´t play much.

We know Steve McClaren is a big admirer of Steven,  so maybe he could get a one or two year deal – but there´s also a possibility the local lad could leave Newcastle.

If he picks up another injury shortly and is unable to play for us while Chancel Mbemba is out then he could leave this summer, but  if he keeps fit and plays like he did on Saturday for the rest of the season – he will probably get a new deal.

If we were pushed we would give new deals only to the youngsters Woodman, Mbabu and Aarons.

What would you do with these six players?

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Tags: Contracts · Freddie Woodman · Gabriel Obertan · Kevin Mbabu · Newcastle News · Steven Taylor · Sylvain Marveaux

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Feb 10, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Blofal // Feb 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    Keep Saylor on an appearances based contract. Keep Aarons and loan him out. Keep Mbabu and loan him out. Loan out Woodman. And let go of Marveaux and Obertan.

    So of those 6 keep one, loan three and sell 2. Simple.

  • 3 Tsunki // Feb 10, 2016 at 8:54 AM

    Magscar – credit where it’s due reilly tipped me off about Phoenix addon for Kodi. It seems most stable on a pc but of course it runs on Android boxes pretty natively. The links for PL games are in phoenix in what was called the Staael channel but now called Valhalla.

  • 4 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 10, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Mbabu is young, and deserves a chance to improve here, so keep him for another year or two. Aarons.. well if he performs solidly and stays fit (hopefully getting 25 mins or so on the left wing each game) then he should also get another chance. Obertan? I’ll give him a puggy-back to dover and he can eff off home. Taylor is mostly just taking up squad room, but we need to sign 2 CBs in the summer if we let him go. Marveaux….i wonder if i can carry both him and obertan at the same time. Deffo keep freddy, goal keepers dont mature until much later than out feild players. Its too soon to make a call on him

  • 5 Tsunki // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Strange but I see Aarons as being immature and he is frustrating in his daft decisions. Maybe it’s being so keen to break into the first team. Mbabu for me gas shown the most maturity and really has done little wrong except get injured. If he had stayed fit these last two years I have little doubt he would be a regular starter by now.

  • 6 reilly // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    you should use robo cop for the footy.
    plus in phoenix theres a section called woody click on it and then on huddle up sports then to the soccer section.

  • 7 WWSBRD // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Keep the kids to buff out the squad sack off the other 3

    Not one of them should be starting next season though so if they go they go not heart breaking for me

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Summer shopping list if we keep everyone else…

    2 x CBs
    1 x LB
    1 x CF

  • 9 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Edit… Colo will probably leave, too. So next season our starting CBs would probably be mbemba and a new one, with the other new one as back up, along with dummett and the kids.

  • 10 Jail for Ashley // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Shame about Taylor, great player if he could have syayed fot, would have been an England regular and we’d be getting linked with his return every window up until he’s 37.

  • 11 Average_Contents // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:11 AM


    I use huddle up sports on woody more than staal now as the links seem better.

    Robocop just doesn’t work on my new M8S android box so gave up on it

  • 12 reilly // Feb 10, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    huddle up sports is good like.
    you might need the new robo cop source AC.

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