Newcastle fans have voted in our poll and it’s fairly obvious they want the youngsters at Newcastle to be given new contracts.
Newcastle fans had up to six votes each they could cast in the following poll depending on which of the six players they wanted to be offered new deals at the club.
Rolando Aarons tops the poll at 94%
Here are the results.
20 year-olds Rolando Aarons and Kelvin Mbabu top the poll and we are surprised young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman isn’t up there with those two.
The way to look at the percentages is that 94% of people who voted wanted Rolando to get a new deal.
Steve McClaren has shown his hand with only one of the above players saying he wants Kevin Mbabu to stay on at the club.
Fourth in the voting on 65% is Steven Taylor who has an injury ravaged time on Tyneside for the last six years and is not fit very often.
So about two in three fans want the local lad to get a new deal in the summer.
He may get that because we know Steve McClaren is a big fan of his, but Steve is also well aware of Taylor’s poor injury record.
At the bottom of the poll and sure to be let go in the summer are two Frenchmen – Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux.
And with the success so far of our two English signings Shelvey and Townsend in January, we could see more English (make that British) players being brought into the club in future rather than French players.
We should still see some Dutch players brought into the club since those signings have been fairly successful over the last few years.
A mix of British and continental players coming into the club would be a good strategy going forward – knowing that continental players need some time to adjust to the way the game is played in England.
We shouldn’t put all our eggs in one basket so to speak – which we have done in the past by only recruiting continental players – mainly because they were cheaper.
But we have paid for those mistakes over time – so they weren’t really cheaper after all.