There was news just before the game yesterday in the Chronicle that Newcastle have already started their clear-out for the summer when a number of players will leave the club whether or not we are relegated.
Two of the players whose contracts end in June – Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan – are said to have already left the club.
We suppose their contracts have been paid up through the end of June, but exactly why they are being allowed to leave now we have no idea – unless they are injured and cannot participate in training for the next two weeks.
Gabby Obertan – signed from Manchester United
Marveaux was signed as a free agent in June of 2011 from Rennes, but he has not been a success and played only 57 times with two goals during those five years, one of which was on loan to Guingamp.
Gabby was a slightly better buy and played 69 times with three goals in the five years he was on Tyneside.
The success of players like Andros Townsend, Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow have shown the risk of buying English (British) players is much reduced from Graham Carr bringing in untested players from the continent and particularly from France.
Other players whose contracts run out in June and will not be renewed include Steven Taylor, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
And players who are also almost certain to leave in the summer are Fabricio Coloccini, Manu Riviere, Yoan Gouffran and loanee striker Seydou Doumbia
Remy Cabella is expected to join Marseille for around £6M and we could also possibly allow Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote to leave.
But the form of those last two is such that Newcastle may want to keep them at the club for the last year of their contracts. especially if Rafa Benitez is still with us as manager for next season.
If we are relegated expect Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat to want to leave the club.