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Newcastle In Danger Of Losing Top Young Player

9:24 am, Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

It’s probably fair to say that by the time the summer transfer window ends at the end of August we will have lost more players than we thought we would this summer – the ones we didn’t want to lose to be more precise.

Newcastle have already lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum – two of our best players – and it’s almost certain that both Florian Thauvin and Moussa Sissoko will be out the door before the end of August.

Papiss Cisse has moved on and maybe Cheick Tiote will finally move to an Asian club somewhere, after being on the verge of leaving Newcastle a few times before.

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Rafa Benitez with Ayoze Perez

Rafa would have preferred to keep Andros, Gini and Moussa on Tyneside, but it looks like the 56 year-old is fighting a losing battle with his high profile players.

But we have also been well compensated for those players and if we do sell Florian (eventually £11M) and Moussa (£35M) then Newcastle will have brought in close to £90M on the players leaving the club this summer.

That’s after spending £80M last season on eight new players, but we were still relegated.

On the positive side, we now have somebody at the club who knows that they are doing in Rafa Benitez – last season we didn’t have that – and an awful lot of that £80M spent on new players was simply wasted – the proof of that is we were relegated.

We don’t want to lose too many of our up-and-coming players who we need – Ayoze Perez is one of them.

The 23 year-old is going to benefit a lot from the coaching of fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez, so when we hear Barcelona are again interested in signing him as a back-up to their star forwards – that’s worrying.

Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of the clubs after Ayoze two years ago, but Ayoze wanted to play first team football and so he chose Newcastle over a bevy of the other clubs wanting him.

Presumably his views have not changed on that in the two years he’s been on Tyneside.

The latest news is the giant Spanish club is willing to pay a hefty £15M for the Spanish U-21 International, but we will have already enough money from the big fees we are getting for players leaving the club this summer.

What Rafa has to ensure somehow – is Newcastle have enough good players left and that we bring in good players to replace those who do leave.

That’s not an easy task when you are a second division club, which is one reason we wanted to keep our top players at the club in the first place.

The single goal this season is to be promoted next May – hopefully in an automatic promotion spot.

If that happens we will be celebrating for a couple of months next year!


We are hoping Newcastle keep Ayoze Perez on Tyneside for the coming season, because he can help us get promoted.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Ayoze Perez · Championship · Coaching · Newcastle News · Pre-season · Transfer News and Rumours

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Wayayman // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    I’d be gutted if we lost Ayoze. He’ll rip up the Championship I think. We’d be in serious trouble with a lack of creative attack minded players if he goes.

  • 2 Belfast // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    He isn’t currently good enough to play for Barcelona imo and they probably have a few players in their academy that’s far better than him.

    I’d be very surprised if true.

  • 3 Wayayman // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Oh and Essex Geordie Bill, no worries mate.

  • 4 Belfast // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:30 AM

    He might be one day though but currently no where near that level.

  • 5 lochinvar // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:39 AM

    It’s not about the money – we’ve sorted that with the deals already done and about to be done for Sissoko.
    Perez is the player who can unpick defences, score goals and inspire the fans who then motivate the team.
    Let him flourish under Rafa’s guidance and play football – that’s what he’s about and if in two years time Barcelona want to fork our £50m plus then we can hear what they propose and then tell them to go away as are wont’d be selling to another Champions League team.

  • 6 ToonRich // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    I wonder what Rafa’s relationship with Pep is? If Man City do get Gabriel Jesus and/or Moreno then we should try get Iheanacho. I know that could hamper Arma’s progress, but Kelechi is probably a step up in all honest!

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    There’s more players leaving than coming in, ffs.

    If Perez leaves, that leaves suspended Mitrovic, one goal in friendlies Gayle and the useless rivière, great just frigging great.

  • 8 welshgeordie9 // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    We have gone from strengthening our attack to our defence back now to attack being weak.

  • 9 lesh // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    Ok, so if Ayoze insists he wants to go to Real or Barca, or anywhere else, then we must insist on a by-back clause so we can get him back at a sensible fee – say £20m

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    It seems like the club have got a market stall outside the stadium the way the players are coming and going.

  • 11 stuart no9 // Jul 28, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    ED .,Thauvin one of our best players ??????? Where do you get that from . ?? What has he done ? Zilch . Get rid

  • 12 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Iheanacho is well out of our reach. He was looking for close to £200,000 a week in his new contract according to a few sources, which would have still left him down the lower end of the pay scale for City’s first team. I read somewhere his demands would make him the second lowest paid of those that made 10 or more appearances last season.

    I recommended him a few times in pieces I wrote around 2 years ago now. He looked a class act in youth football. I’d have loved it had we made any move for him, but I can’t imagine the club had even heard of him until City signed him.

    City work closely with Right to Dream of Ghana (who our under 18’s drew 3-3 with yesterday in the old Milk Cup) and they act as scouts in that region for them. They set up the trial with City, once RtD spoke with him, there was never any real doubt he would end up anywhere but City

  • 13 Mickey G // Jul 28, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    WelshGeordie are you having a glass half empty day? He’s already stated he isn’t t going anywhere, even if it’s Barca. He loves it here and doesn’t want to warm Barca’s bench all season. Hope that as put your mind at rest.Have a nice day

  • 14 nufc 11 // Jul 28, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Dignt nufc refuse 15 millon from spur for him last year why sell him now? This could have potential for a big fall out with rafa and MA. Id like to think rafa will want to keep the kid. A season in the championship is just what he needs. He could score 20 goals plus. All told this time next year he could be worth 40millon I wouldnt sell. Tell Barca no thanks come back in 12 months with your big check book after he is finshed ripping up the championship and ready to destroy the PL.

  • 15 Big Archie // Jul 28, 2016 at 11:20 AM

    There comes a time, as the Andy Carroll saga demonstrated, when financial sense takes over.

    So to suggest that Rafa is fighting a losing battle, when he has clearly stated he doesn’t need to sell anyone seems as if you are just trying to piece together the odd fact to fit your agenda.

    It is doubtful that Gini, Thauvin or Perez would “tear up” the championship, as has been suggested. Sissoko has shown he can play but just doesn’t want to, and the only one that I’d miss would be Tiote. So pulling in an estimated 80 million for players who got us relegated, and replacing them with players who are proven in the championship would make a lot of sense.

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