Rafa Benitez is transforming the Newcastle squad this summer and players are leaving the club who are simply not good enough for the Magpies.
Since the summer Newcastle have seen Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Remy Cabella and Papiss Cisse all leave the club and a number of those players should have left Newcastle well before now.
Manu Riviere – surplus to requirements
Rafa has brought in six good players for £34M so far and we lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum for a combined £38M in transfer fees.
So while we wanted to keep those two very good players that’s really good business for Newcastle United.
But there are still players at Newcastle who could be moved out before September rolls around.
Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana have proved over the last couple of years they are simply not good enough for Newcastle and could again be moved out on loan for next season before their contracts run out next summer and they leave Newcastle.
We haven’t heard much at all in preseason about Manu Riviere, who didn’t make the Ireland trip and has turned out to be another failed French import who cost us £6M from Monaco two years ago.
And other players who could leave the club this summer include French midfielder Yoan Gouffran, who still has one year left on his contract and Cheick Tiote, who may still end up in China before September rolls around.
Three players we may lose if big enough bids come in are Moussa Sissoko (please get rid of this player), Florian Thauvin and Daryl Janmaat, so we do expect Rafa to have to bring in a few more players yet, with potentially the nine players above still to leave Newcastle this summer.
Rafa has said he wants to get the transfers sorted out at Newcastle just as soon as possible, so we have a settled squad so there could be a lot of movement of players in and out of the club in the next few weeks.
What do you think?