Trying To Make Sense Of How To Overhaul The Newcastle Squad


In trying to sort out and make some sense of how the Newcastle squad could be overhauled this summer and assuming it’s Rafa Benitez in charge – we have split players into one of five different categories.

One thing Newcastle must do is to trim the wage bill for next season, and we can do that by selling players or sending them out on loan or not renewing players’ contracts which end on June 30th.

We have put the players into the five categories and have covered 37 players and what could be done with each one of them.

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Fabricio Coloccini – will be moved on loan or sold

Here are the various categories and the players in them.

a) Players who will be moved off the wage bill by not renewing their contracts, selling them or loaning them out

  • Sylvain Marveaux and Gabby Obertan left the club on May 5th after an agreement was reached
  • Steven Taylor and Sammy Ameobi have contracts that run out in June and will not be renewed
  • Haris Vuckic has one year left on his contract and he will either be sold or more likely be loaned out – maybe to Rangers FC who are now in the Scottish Premier league.
  • Fabricio Coloccini, Manu Riviere and Yoan Gouffran will be sent out on loan or sold – preferably the latter
  • Seydou Doumbia will return to Roma after his loan spell completes.
  • Remy Cabella is expected to join Marseille for around £6.3M (€8M)and according to reports that deal has already been agreed.
  • Florian Thauvin
  • Henri Saivet

b) Those players who will definitely be staying at Newcastle

  • Karl Darlow, Rob Elliott
  • Vurnon Anita, Jamie Sterry, Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Curtis Good (?)
  • Jack Colback, Jonjo Shelvey
  • Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez, Adam Armstrong, Ivan Toney

c) Younger players whose contracts run out in the summer and Newcastle will likely want to keep at the club, especially if Rafa Benitez continues as the Newcastle manager

  • Kevin Mbabu, Freddie Woodman, Rolando Aarons.

d) Players who are likely to want to leave Newcastle and therefore will be sold

  • Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Andros Townsend

e) Players who Rafa Benitez may want to keep at the club for their experience or at least take a look at them in pre-season. If Rafa doesn’t want them they will be sold

  • Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote

Obviously Rafa will want to bring in some new players to fill out the squad so it is (easily) good enough to get promoted straight back to the Premier League – which is the number one priority for next season.

He can do that with transfer money available from those players sold in categories a) and d)

One thing Rafa may want to do and may be one of the areas of discussion with Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley is hold onto some of his stars by either keeping them at the club next season or  loaning them out for the season.

Those are principally the players in category d) Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul and Andros Townsend

That’s it.

Who do you think should go and who should stay during the summer?

Comments welcome.



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105 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t see the point in loaning them only as a last resort get rid of them for good they’re no good for this club.

    Haidara is questionnable about whether he should stay on, pretty average would rather get a better LB and bring through Liam Gibson.
    Cisse and Tiote I think have to be moved on and will want to finish their career with high wages both of them will probs go to china

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  • SuperShearer

    May 16, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed how can you say those players will definitely stay? Arsenal are keen on Perez apparently. Can see Ashley cashing in on anyone who gets a big enough offer in order to balance the books.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 16, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Townsend will stay even if Rafa decides not to and he definitely shouldn’t be loaned out.

    Although I reckon Rafa will be staying.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of others tipped to leave don’t.

    Whats the odds on Taylor getting an extension on his contract, Rafa seems to like him and he would probably be up to a season in the champioship.

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  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Townsend is one of our most important players we cannot lose him.

    Aarons, woodman contracts must be renewed

    Anita again not sure about him, he’s performing well at RB but it’s not his natural position and he’s too lightweight and small for defensive mid, maybe he could settle in at RB but would prefer a young English RB to come in

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  • emphraser

    May 16, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I see Perez going, I think he may be at his peak right now, if so best move him while the allure of bigger things to come is still there.

    How about De Jong?

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  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    SS

    Sorry had to laugh a little there, perez to arsenal haahaha, sure the kids got potential I’ve seen nothing that suggests he’s arsenal quality. If we got an offer of £14m+ i’d sell, if not then maybe the championship would be a good league for him to develop in like mitro as well

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  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #7

    emphraser

    De jong never seems to be fit i just don’t think we should bother anymore, decent technically but he’s slow, not very strong reads the game well and is intelligent, but i think he just needs to move on

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Ha ha Jail just checked out Alan B’Slankstards early posting Re Charnley. Well, Rafa is foreign, he’s barely any better than a North East flat cap work dodger, is he 😀

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  • Tsunki

    May 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Photo caption –

    ” Wheeeeze….pufff…got to remember this ankle is supposed to be injured….gasssp…..pannntttt…but not so much I don’t look like I’ll never make it back for pre-season….pufff…gasssspp…”

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  • swemag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #10

    There was talk about Barca wanting Perez, and I could see how he would fit in there. Mind you, it seems Ben Arfa is on his way there, might be a bit crowded and as he turned them down before to get playing time it would be weird for him to go there now.

    Aarons is a really important piece to sign up. I heard Arsenal want him.

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  • martoon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #11

    From memory didn’t Sammy Ameobi sign a 2 year contract before he went on loan at the start of this season or am I mistaken?

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  • swemag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #12

    And for Townsend…try to loan him for at least one season. When we get back he will be there.

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  • lochinvar

    May 16, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Rafa should make Townsend Captain and his experience then brings on the younger players around him.
    It also strengthens the bond and love that’s in the air.

    Add an enforcer in midfield and some cover elsewhere as with 46 league games and two good cup runs and finals to look forward to some rotation might be useful.

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  • lochinvar

    May 16, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Rafa needs to ensure the young guns currently in the club and starting to look good stay with him to learn and get us back into the Premiership. Otherwise there would be holes in the master plan.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d love to see us keep Townsend. By the way, can the guys who said he was useless please own up because you were soooo wrong 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Re De Jong, I thought he was a really unathletic looking bloke to be a professional football when he arrived, and I don’t think he suits the speed of the English game. Nice player, but better off in france or Holland IMO

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 16, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #17

    The best way to overhaul this squad??? One word….. “Euthanasia”

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #18

    By the way, can Ronald de Boer every shut up? Always wittering on about his brother etc. For all the ridiculous love in for him here, apparently everton don’t want him at all.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 16, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Martoon

    I think that was the previous season. Not sure though.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    sell as many as possible. pease, no loans, lets get money in and buy younger ) players if needed, or older guys with experience from that league. no more wasting time on Collo, Marv ( appreciate he is gone ) etc. BTW, going back again – who said Marv was good. He was always crap, bar a few nice moments. Some guys on here know shit all about football.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #21

    Gouffy, riviere ….please….sell !!!

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  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Munster

    From what I’ve heard, apparently FDB really isn’t rated that highly in Holland, its only outside that people seem to rate him

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  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Would still take him if we lost rafa

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 16, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Munster why do they have to ‘own up’?

    So you can take pride in point scoring? If only there were more important things in life…

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  • U.S Magpie

    May 16, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #25

    All this talk has Zero bearing on anything, these players you say may likely leave Newcastle? Yes maybe but honestly if Rafa takes over they may stay and honestly they should stay and help Newcastle get back into the Prem. Lets be honest, its there fault they gave up most of the season. Yes I know the coach was shite, but for anyone that played football at any standard knows, you play and give it 100% and win at all costs and its does not mater who the damn coach is. Something most of the players didn’t do all season, and they know it.

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  • AndyMac

    May 16, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Bearing in mind the ludicrous amounts we’ve spent with some very poor return and the expensive, lengthy contracts handed out to the likes of Squiddy, Marv and even Saivet it’s a scandal that Kevin Mbabu, Freddie Woodman & Rolando Aarons havent all been tied up to decent long term contracts by now.

    We collectively moan at the poor performances of the Academy both on the pitch and off so why, when we finally have some youngsters with real potential, do we let them slip away and for nowt too ?

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    May 16, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #27

    only way to keep towsand for the future is to loan him to a bottom of the table team next year and get him back after the promotion. he got an england call up, if he stays with us next year he can say goodbye to the national team

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Time for a big clear out. No loans, if we can’t sell or offload for free, pay up their contracts as should have been done with a few last year.

    Congratulations to Townsend, hopefully he makes the final cut, but even if he doesn’t making the 26 is testament to how he has performed since joining us. I didn’t rate him at all at Spurs, but since arriving here he has been a breath of fresh air, and shown what we have missed out wide all season.

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  • mfw13

    May 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Where are you getting your information?

    I’ve seen no evidence that Winaldjum, Krul, Janmaat, or Townsend want to leave Newcastle. Sissoko yes, the others, no.

    And I would be very hesitant to let Coloccini go, especially with Steven Taylor out of contract, since that would leave us with no depth at center back.

    Don’t forget, you play 46 matches in the Championship, not 38, and enter the Cup competitions one round earlier, which makes depth much more crucial since you will likely have more injuries to deal with.

    The only player I’d be ushering out the door would be Cisse, and given our goalkeeping depth, it would make sense to sell Krul. But I wouldn’t be encouraging anybody else to leave unless they’ve already stated that they want to.

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  • U.S Magpie

    May 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Munster, I said when we signed him that if he plays like he did for spurs two seasons ago he would do a great job for Newcastle. I think most people that didn’t rate him said the same thing, it depended on which Andre turned up. So all in all everyone was right and don’t have to own up to anything really. And lets be honest, its only an opinion and he could have been shite. But he wasn’t and that’s that!!!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #31

    martoon,
    Yeah, Sammi has another year. He signed for 2 last summer.

    First three signings for me would be Trippier, Robertson and Redmond. Then we need an experienced spine, centre half, centre mid, and centre forward.

    Depending on who leaves from the fringe, others could come in, but those 6 would be my priorities.

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    May 16, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Lilongwe

    Agreed on those players.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #33

    AndyMac,
    This isn’t a defence of the club, but they are probably remembering the Nile Ranger fiasco. Aarons and Mbabu could be important for us next year. But both have injury issues, so 2 years with an automatic third based on appearances is probably what the club will look at.

    Woodman probably needs to be on loan playing for a year, maybe 2 as a keeper, and given our strength in that area. It would be prudent to tie him down for 4 or 5 years I think.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Townsend will stay. He seems happy in his football here, and he has been burnt at a big club before. I reckon he will give us a season to bounce back, if we don’t, then he will move on.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #35

    YMFB,
    I still don’t understand why we didn’t go for Trippier last summer. £3.5 million for a young English right back? Surprised how little he has played at Spurs, but he would have easily displaced Janmaat based on how Janmaat has performed.

    Robertson should have been a no brained as well, although Hull probably wanted a lot, and Robertson was probably happy just continuing his progression playing regularly.

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  • hibbitt

    May 16, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #36

    first we need to know who the manager will be
    that’s the most important signing this summer
    if it’s Rafa things will just fall in place
    players will want to come to Rafa nufc

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  • JamesToon

    May 16, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Mfw

    The evidence is very clear on Wijnaldum and Janmaat. Both gone missing for the second half for the season and suddenly show up now that we’re relegated…no bottle. Also was that a kiss goodbye in his celebration from Janmaat when he scored??

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #38

    MFW,
    I think Janmaat has talked in the last year of playing for a club in European competition if I’m not mistaken. Gini hasn’t said anything, but I think he will have serious reservations about being in the Championship for a year.

    hibbit,
    Yeah, the manager will be a key appointment. I don’t think we would go wrong with any of the three I name check though, regardless of the manager

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #39

    MFW,
    I think Janmaat has talked in the last year of playing for a club in European competition if I’m not mistaken. Gini hasn’t said anything, but I think he will have serious reservations about being in the Championship for a year.

    hibbit,
    Yeah, the manager will be a key appointment. I don’t think we would go wrong with any of the three I name check though, regardless of the manager.

    If it is Rafa, it will be interesting to see who he goes for. Stevie G back in England for a year to add experience to the side? Not sure I’d want that, but he isn’t settled or doing well in the US and is close to Rafa. Just a random, baseless thought that came to mind, when looking for experienced players that Rafael knows well and have performed in England.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 16, 2016 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Apologies. Ignore the first of the 2, posted by mistake.

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