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Six Top Players To Leave Newcastle This Summer

2:00 am, Monday, May 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

When you take the transfer fee we can get for some of the players in our squad, coupled with their wages and how much Newcastle will miss them in the team – it seems six players stand out as those who will be actively sold this summer.

Those players are Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Florian Thauvin, Fabricio Coloccini and Remy Cabella.

Gini Wijnaldum and Mousse Sissoko were guilty of inconsistency last season and both rarely turned up for away games and we subsequently lost 14 of 19 away games in the Premier League last season.


Gini Wijnaldum to be sold this summer

We need players of more guts and spirit in the Championship next season, when we will play on Tuesday nights on small grounds away from home – and we must have all our players turn up for those games.

Newcastle would hope to get over £30M for the two of them.

Daryl Janmaat could also be sold and Newcastle would want close to £10M for him, after we signed him from Feyenoord for £5M two years ago.

Newcastle have a ready-made Dutch replacement in Vurnon Anita and also Chancel Mbemba can play at right back.

Florian Thauvin will hardly be missed in the Championship, since the Premier League was far too physical for him and it was another disastrous signing of another mediocre and failed French winger by Graham Carr, who will leave Newcastle this summer.

The problem with Florian is his very high wages, although a couple of Italian clubs are interested in him, but at worst he will be taken off the wage bill with a season long loan at Marseille.

And it could be the end of the road for Fabricio Coloccini, after eight years on Tyneside after he signed for us from Deportivo in August of 2008 for around £10.3M.

Remy Cabella will also be sold to Marseille for £6.3M and that’s already a done deal by all accounts.

If we can sell those six players then Newcastle will be well off in terms of revenue for the coming financial year starting July 1st,  and our wage bill will be significantly reduced and allow Rafa Benitez to bring in a number of new players to substantially fortify the squad.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Daryl Janmaat · Florian Thauvin · Georginio Wijnaldum · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Remy Cabella

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 zimtoon // May 23, 2016 at 2:31 AM

    a very misleading hedline!!!!

  • 2 zimtoon // May 23, 2016 at 2:31 AM

    a very misleading headline!!!!

  • 3 Sanddavids // May 23, 2016 at 2:50 AM

    You have forgotten Townsend. His relegated release cause is at £8m and the likes of West Ham are looking at him. An unmissable bargain for most clubs, as well abroad.

    He will signed for a much more successful club, that play in European next season. Not many people can blame him.

    A nice £4m 6-months loan player, he was.

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // May 23, 2016 at 3:15 AM

    I really hope Townsend stays as he will be pivotal to our promotion chances.

  • 5 Blofal // May 23, 2016 at 3:16 AM

    We have the fortunate circumstance of good timing with out relegation believe it or not!

    Selection for the Euros is basically done.. and the next big comp is the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

    We can tempt players to stay with us for the 16/17 season in the Championship because assuming we get promoted (and there will be clauses in contracts to make sure we do) then any player that gets promoted with us will have a full season in the Premier League to gain selection for the world cup.

    For that reason we have a chance of keeping players like Townsend. He will not want to risk being benched, he knows he will play under Rafa. As long as we get promoted I think he will stay.

    Janmaat I think will go. Sissoko I think will stay if Rafa asks him to.

    I think Krul will (and should) leave. Elliot, Darlow and Woodman are good enough and Krul will not like fighting for his place in a lower league.

  • 6 stingray // May 23, 2016 at 6:15 AM

    Could easily lose all the following players, and still have a strong squad, even before new additions.
    Can lose…
    Krul (Elliot and Darlow good enough).
    Coloccini, Janmaat, S Taylor
    Cabella, Thauvin, Saivet, Ameobi, Bigirimana, Tiote, Marveaux, Gouffran..
    Cisse, De Jong, Mitrovic (liability), Doumbia, Riviere.

    almost a whole squad there!

    this leaves us with:
    Elliot, Darlow, Woodman
    Dummett, Lascalles, Mbmemba, Haidara, Mbabu, Sterry, Good
    Colback, Shelvey, Aarons, Townsend (although he may leave), Vuckic, Sissoko, Wijnaldum (I would try to keep these 2).
    Perez, Armstrong, Toney.

    Then deed one or two midfielders, and a striker.

  • 7 Ian Toon // May 23, 2016 at 6:22 AM

    Betty – Sorry I have just seen your post to me of yesterday.
    Rotunda is strange in that he loathes having to admit he got it wrong in his assessment of a manager or player. The only reason I remembered the examples I gave was because at the time he insisted on making the point to me that he had a coaching qualification and his opinion was of more value than mine. It was funny at the time.

    As you say let’s hope he doesn’t give the kiss of death on any new signings.

  • 8 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    Thauvin and Cabella wouldn’t be greatly missed, I guess Colo not much either, but it’s difficult to see how Benitez will fortify the squad if we lose Widjnaldum, Sissoko and Janmaat. They wont be replaced with players near their calibre. The current Newcastle squad would be odds on to take The Championship by storm under Rafa, less so without those three very good young players. Just because they were inconsistent this season, in a very trying circumstance, doesn’t mean they can’t come good in spades for the club over the next few years under Benitez.

  • 9 Derek // May 23, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    Ed you can’t just pick six underperforming players from the top of your head and proceed to tell everyone they are “to leave Newcastle” as if they have already signed new club contracts.

    Well actually, of course you can make up whatever rubbish you like.. it’s your blog.

    However, don’t be surprised by losing readers on this site, as they go elsewhere to look for trustworthy and reliable team news.

  • 10 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 6:37 AM

    You might let one go, if you consider they both play at their best as an attacking central mid, and so one will always be played out of position, at the moment Widjnaldum on the left, and with Perez and Shelvey also vying, you might also move on DeJong. Then Thauvin, Cabella, De Jong, Collocini, one of Sissoko and Widjnaldum, and Cisse for mine. Though frankly losing players of Sissoko and Widjnaldums quality and relative youth is not great at all.

  • 11 Ian Toon // May 23, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    Jimmy- Shelvey has so much more to offer. Almost to rebuild his reputation and he’s only 24. A season in the Championship under Benitez’s guidance could have him super charged. He needs though a good pre season to work on his fitness level.

  • 12 hibbitt // May 23, 2016 at 6:46 AM

    another day of wild speculation not just on here but on every news source / blog i read another long day me thinks !!!

  • 13 jimmysmith // May 23, 2016 at 6:49 AM

    Yeah, I agree Ian. If fit and focused, Shelvey would seem to have plenty to offer. Rafa will get him fit anyway, and the rest of them. Any player around that age, with the quality to contribute once we are back up, I’d imagine Rafa will want to keep.

  • 14 expatmag // May 23, 2016 at 7:04 AM

    Sell Thauvin Cabella Sissoko Jsnmaat and DeJong
    Give a freebie to Taylor and Coloccini
    Loan out Townsend and Wijnsldum for 12 months

  • 15 shaun83 // May 23, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Derek-spot on. Es seems to think if he says things in a matter of fact way in the blog they’re actually true. Like dummet on the last page being one of the players Benitez has specifically says can’t be sold. 1) no evidence such an agreement exists and 2) if it did why is dummet on it, getting silly now. That was just another example, it’s happening at 1 in 3 posts!

  • 16 shaun83 // May 23, 2016 at 7:14 AM

    Sorry about the predictive text!

  • 17 firebug666 // May 23, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    With Rafa staying (if he does) that will have a massive effect on the players, with a lot more than expected wanting to stay.

    Townsend for example want’s Rafa to stay, so therefore it seems he is not looking to move on.

    If we still had McClown more than half the squad would already be gone.

    It’s one of those situations where we just have to wait and see, I don’t think that many will want to jump ship if the Spanish waiter sign on the dotted line.

  • 18 Lindisfarne // May 23, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Is there an opposite term to ‘getting players over the line’?

    Will Lee Charnleys’ famous negotiating skills be able to cope with moving players across the famous line for a reasonably good fee? Or as usual will they be given away and replaced with over valued alternatives?

  • 19 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    I’m sure all the negotiations have included who Rafa wants to keep and who he’s happy to ship out. It’s all pure speculation until he signs and gives us an idea of his plans. I see last night when Pardew was discussed again some people chipping in with “we’re still talking about him ffs”. Souness and Dalglish were stains on our history but were only here for a short time. Pardew being a particular nadty stain was here for four years. Five, six and seven goal thrashings, the mackem debacle, third round cup exits and dire football. He’s going to be remembered for a good while yet.

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // May 23, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Can’t understand why Mclaren is getting the blame for giving Collo a contract extension.

  • 21 toonincheek // May 23, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    Jail –

    Because S McC came out with praise for Colo and justified the extension.

    But then, you have to remember that (previously) the manager/head coach has had to act as mouthpiece for the official line.

    Obviously that included Pardew.

    So, it’s speculation to attribute the views expressed when they come from the ‘management’, including the PR dept.

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