Will Rafa Let These Two Star Players Leave This Summer?

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The two Newcastle players most likely to want to leave Newcastle this summer, now that we are in the Championship, are Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko – the player who thinks he should be playing for a Champions League side but has contented himself with being at Newcastle for just over three years.

Moussa will be playing for France in Euro 2016 – and if he plays well Newcastle may even be able to get the £20M they want for the player and quite honestly if a club bids that much we should sell him.


Gini Wijnaldum scores penalty against Spurs

And in L’Equipe on May 19th they stated that Moussa had no intention of playing in the Championship next season and West Ham are one of the Premier League clubs said to be interested in the player.

Both players didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory in our away games last season and there’s a question mark if we do keep them whether they will bother turning up at places like Burton Albion and other clubs with small  grounds in January. when it’s really cold and pouring down with rain.

Probably not.

Gini’s agent Humphrey Nijman wasted no time in saying his client has to think about his future, once Roma had said they were interested.

This is what Nijman told RomaNews:

“Wijnaldum’s situation right now is very simple,”   “Newcastle have been relegated to the second division, so now the player has to think about his future.”

“At the moment I can’t say any more, and I can’t talk about negotiations. Roma are a great club, one of the best in Europe.”

“How much would he cost? I can’t answer that, it’s the club that decides a player’s price.” “I only take care of Wijnaldum’s contract.”

That sounds like Gini’s agent trying to push the move.

Agents generally are keen on moves for their players, not because it may be good for their client, but it’s definitely good for the agent, since they get paid when they negotiate a new deal.

That’s only one reason agents are becoming a big problem in the game of football.

Pochettino was at the Ireland – Holland game last night in Dublin to see the 1-1 draw.

Wijnaldum started the game and was withdrawn after 82 minutes for striker Luuk de Jong.

Luuk scored Holland’s equalizer three minutes later and Wijnaldum had one of those games when he was hardly seen – much like he played for Newcastle in away games last season.

We’re not sure if Pochettino was taking a look at Gini since he sat alongside Shane Long’s agent – and Shane scored Ireland’s goal after 30 minutes and looked good.

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Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko

We wouldn’t be too upset if both Wijnaldum and Sissoko left Newcastle this summer, but it’s completely  up to Rafa Benitez and of the two we think Rafa would want to keep Moussa rather than Gini.

Rafa made Moussa his captain and was impressed with his 100% work ethic in training, but he dropped Gini after that Southampton debacle when the Dutchman was nowhere to be seen.

They are both good players for sure, but they certainly didn’t pull their weight last season – and if they stayed then maybe the same thing would happen in the upcoming season.

That would be a concern.

It will also depend on how much they want to leave and if they are adamant that they want to leave Newcastle  they should go.

If Rafa does sell them he can use the money to bring in some new players to replace them.

We like that alternative.

What do you think?

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