When considering which players have futures at Newcastle it’s informative to look at which players Rafa Benitez didn’t use in the 10 games he was in charge of last season, because it’s very likely they will be moved out this summer.
Joan Gouffran and Henri Saivet saw no playing time at all under Rafa Benitez, so that’s very telling and they have no future at Newcastle under the Spanish manager.
Yoan Gouffran – time up a Newcastle
It’s kind of unfortunate that Henri has just been signed from Bordeaux on a five and a half year deal for £5M and on good wages too, because that will make it difficult to unload the Ivory Coast International central midfielder.
Remy Cabella is already going to move to Marseille and a deal has been agreed and according to Marseille newspaper La Provence – the fee is £7.3M – about £1M more than had previously been reported.
It’s unlikely that Rafa will want the other French winger, Florian Thauvin, involved – and certainly the French U21 player doesn’t want to be involved in England’s second division.
He didn’t want to be involved in the Premier League once Newcastle were struggling against with relegation, so we think Rafa will simply try to sell the 23 year-old this summer, although a loan deal at Marseille seems the best bet.
It will be interesting to see if Florian returns for pre-season, but he will do all he can to get that loan deal tied up at the French club – so that he doesn’t have to come back for pre-season.
We shall see.
The other player who will have no future at Newcastle is another Frenchman – striker Emmanuel Riviere – who was a disastrous £6M signing from Monaco two years ago – and was injured most of last season.
Rafa will try to sell the 26 year-old striker this summer.
So there are five senior players who seem to have no chance under Benitez and if we can just get our money back on them Newcastle would net around £33M.
And then when you consider fringe players returning from loans like Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana, there could be quite a clear-out this summer, which is one reason Rafa needs to bring in five or six new players.
Rafa will try very quickly to transform the Newcastle squad before September rolls around.