The three players we expect to want to leave Newcastle this summer and not want to play in the Championship next season are Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko and Daryl Janmaat.
We were worried that Andros Townsend may also want to leave, but Andros squashed that rumor yesterday and it looks like there’s no way he will leave Newcastle if Rafa Benitez remains the manager.
Daryl Janmaat – after scoring Newcastle’s 5th goal on Sunday
Now Daryl Janmaat has been interviewed on nufcTV and this is what the Dutch International had to say:
“The club is the most important thing at the moment, but this club has to be in the Premier League.”
Yes, of course, Rafa did a great job and he is a great manager I think.” “This is a big club and it needs a big manager, that is him – Rafa.”
It looks like Daryl may want to stay at the club if Rafa stays – and while he doesn’t say that specifically, those are good words the Dutch International says about the club.
Daryl had a good game on Sunday and scored a great 5th goal for Newcastle when he ran the length of the pitch and was played through brilliantly by Rolando Aarons in a quick fire counter attack.
And Rolando had only just scored Newcastle’s 4th goal.
The Dutchman hit the ball first time with his right foot and easily beat Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal.
All of the Newcastle players were full of energy and fight on Saturday.
You have to wonder where that had been earlier in the season, but of course we didn’t have a world-class manager at that time – we had a mediocre Championship manager.
Newcastle will need to sell at least one or two of our top players to get them off the wage bill and generate some transfer funds for Rafa to spend this summer.
But it’s a good sign that a lot of our top players want to stay – if Rafa stays.