After what has been a nervous and tentative two games and two defeats for Newcastle, as we start in the Championship for the first time since 2009, let’s hope it’s just some teething problems with our new team under Rafa Benitez.
There seems to be some instability being caused by players wanting to leave the club – among them being players like Emmanuel Riviere, Moussa Sissoko and Henri Saivet – and it looks like St. Etienne are willing to take Henri on loan for next season and pay some of his wages.
Emmanuel Riviere – to be moved out
Saivet is yet another poor signing that we have to loan out after he has only been at the club for seven months and has five years left on his Newcastle contract and is on high wages of close to £40K/week.
That will make it difficult to sell Saivet any time soon.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa wants to clear out players before the end of August who have no future at Newcastle and they include Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Yoan Gouffran, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
Sammy and Haris should have already been moved out of the club last summer, but they were kept on because of the chance they could shine on loan last season – they didn’t.
Moussa Sissoko will stay at Newcastle unless some club comes in with a £35M bid for him and the same essentially goes for Cheick Tiote, who is also said to want to leave the club.
Unless an acceptable bid comes in for Cheick he will also stay on Tyneside.
So if we still have Moussa and Cheick come September, they both had better be prepared to knuckle down and help Newcastle start winning some games.
Rafa wants to bring in an other striker in the mold of Aleksandar Mitrovic before September and we are still hoping to get 20 year-old left-back Brendan Galloway in from Everton on a season long loan deal, even though Middlesbrough have now made a move for him.
Let’s hope we can get a win at home to Reading on Wednesday night – we must get a win as soon as possible so our players can get some of their confidence back.
And that goes for our supporters too!
Howay The Lads!!