These Are The Players Rafa Could Release This Summer

Rafa Benitez was introduced on Wednesday night as the new Newcastle manager after two weeks of negotiations with Newcastle – and there was a huge sigh of relief coming from Newcastle fans that we could even hear over here in North Carolina.


As well as his press conference, Rafa gave a few interviews and this man is so “all football” that whatever he says is always interesting and Rafa doesn’t waste words either.

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Rafa Benitez is Newcastle United

It’s a strange thing to say but we are now back in the big time with Rafa in charge – even though we are now in the second division.

Rafa was asked if he had called those players who contracts will not be extended and he said he hadn’t,  because he had been busy and wanted to wait until he was sure he was going to be the Newcastle manager – so that makes a lot of sense.

And some of the changes we will see with Rafa in charge of the club, is the club being a lot more professional and basically a much better run football club.

This year we wouldn’t expect players who had been at the club for years to be told in a haphazard style, that their contracts would not be extended, like Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Taylor were told last year,

That was inexcusable and pointed to the lack of experience in management of those running the club.

That’s been fixed and will not happen under Rafa.

So the first thing we would expect to hear fairly shortly are those players who will be released and we expect them to include Steven Taylor whose 12 years playing in the Newcastle first team will come to an end.

Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux have already been released and Rafa will also need to decide which players with contracts will be made available for transfer.

Those players could include the likes of  Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet and Fabricio Coloccini.

Rafa hasn’t seen Colo much in training so he may want to hold off on that until he checks Colo out,  but now would be a good time for Fabricio to leave Newcastle after eight years on Tyneside.

Rafa will probably want to also check out Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic who are returning from loan spells, but it’s going to be difficult for those two to have any future at Newcastle.

Then there are youngsters like Freddy Woodman and Rolando Aarons and we’d like to see both of them kept at the club with news leaked earlier in the week that Kevin Mbabu will get a new two year deal – so that’s good.

And then will Rafa want to keep old hands Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse?

If we were to hazard a guess we’d say he will want to keep Tiote but will allow Papiss to move on – so we could get a decent fee for Papiss – maybe £5M?

Some of those players mentioned above are on decent wages and if they go they will not be missed too much – so it’s a good opportunity for the club to trim the wage bill.

Other players could be sent out on loan including Florian Thauvin, who may be a problem to unload this summer.

Remy Cabella will be sold for around £6.3M to Marseille, with the deal being officially completed at the start of the next financial year on July 1st.

The good news is that Newcastle can do a lot of trimming of the squad without losing any players that Rafa has relied on in his 10 games in charge last season.

That’s good.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Jib

    May 27, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    In his conversations with two old friends who both have Championship experience , Quique Flores and Aitor Karanka , I’m sure both would have stressed the need to RB for a big squad in the 2nd tier.
    Given Rafa’s predilection for rotational footy and the assurances over dosh he has received .
    Also his attitude to cups (he has won domestic trophies in every senior side he’s managed ) we may be surprised how few players actually go down the road.

  • Bobbybee

    May 27, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    What does it say about Sunlun as a city? England are playing at the SOS, yet the players, staff, press entourage and fans are all staying in Newcastle and only entering the dark place for the game. After which, they will all return to Newcastle for the night out. 😉

  • sing in the corner

    May 27, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Colo has to be sacrificed as a relic from a dark past. Should have been before the start of last season. It pains me to say it, but Taylor too. Probably two injuries too far, he’s struggled for a while even after getting ‘fit’ again for the umpteenth time. The Achilles was what finished him off. But unlike Colo he was always whole hearted and committed to the club.

  • Bobbybee

    May 27, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib, I can’t see too many leaving either. He’ll trim the deadwood, but is likely to replace those with squad players. It is a long season and we’ll need a big enough squad to cope.
    Agree about ronaldo as well. Think how good he could’ve been if he’d taken good advice once in a while. Messi has a far better attitude and, consequently, is a better team player.

  • Average_Contents

    May 27, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5


    I’ll bring the blade and you bring the curly haired coward. Watch out for Jimmy though otherwise you’ll end up as the sacrifice.

  • expatmag

    May 27, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Siss and Wijn to be loaned out for 12 months

  • Jib

    May 27, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    The fixture list for the Championship will be announced 3 weeeks next Wednesday (15th June)
    We enter the FA cup the same round as the PL (3rd round in Jan)
    The draw for the Capital One cup is 3 weeks next Thursday (16th June)
    As a Championship side we enter at the first round – we could be playing in that as early as Monday 8th August (certainly that week ) !

  • sing in the corner

    May 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah, and Charnley / Steve M to drink the blood. Looking back his retention as a senior player and captain undoubtably set the tone for last season.
    We must now keep Lascelles..

  • Slank

    May 27, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9


    I said something similar a few days ago. The Championship season (that includes cups) is a long hard season.

    He will need as many selectable players as possible at all levels. In defence players like Saylor and perhaps Colo may be required (as backup to Lascelles and Mbemba) as there doesn’t appear to be any suitable centre defenders in the reserves.

  • clinath@ed

    May 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #10

    if it was just about talent and skill I’d keep them all. But in this division hard work, temperament and attitude will stomp all over that on a cold tueday in November.
    And that’s why I’d let them go…

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 27, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    I would like us to go for McCormack now and then ship out Cisse and find another ST. With McCormack you know we’re guranteed goals in this division. He is lethal and quick and sets up loads of chances. I can imagine a front three of McCormack, Mitro and Armstrong. With Ayoze just behind. We will be killing defences with that set up.

  • Slank

    May 27, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #12

    expatmag @ 6

    I don’t see the logic of loaning out Sissoko and Wijnaldum.

    One was our leading goal scorer and the other the player with the most assists.

  • Jib

    May 27, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    With us (according to the Ronnie Gill) playing Shamrock Rovers in early July.
    I wouldn’t be surprised to see us also play Bray Wanderers as they have just appointed Roker Park hero Liam O’Brien as asst. manager.
    If Munster doesn’t fancy Tallaght he can always visit the seaside in County Wicklow.

  • Sav

    May 27, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #14

    Talk about foreign imports but the funny thing is, I can understand what Rafa is saying in a way I never could with Macca. No doubt it is the same for the players. McClaren couldn’t complete a sentence and spoke pidgin English. Rafa is comprehensible

  • robertsleftfoot

    May 27, 2016 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15

    I would carry both Sissoko and Wijnaldum to their news clubs on my back.

    Top goalscorer or not her turned up for around 10 homes at a maximum and cried off in most away games not wanting the ball at all.

    Sissoko may have been the highest for assists too but Mr I want champions league football is not as good as he thinks. He is a one in five for me, meaning he has one good game every five. You need to be a one in 2 or 3 to be playing at a top 6 club.

    Both of them will be on decent wages and we would get fees in excess of £10 mill each. Get rid of them and put the money back into the club.

    We need workers, grafters, lads who are bothered. Not ones that shy away or slag themselves out to PSG everytime they are on international duty.


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