We saw the report in the Star today that Rafa Benitez would ditch three players this summer and the three players cited were Henri Saivet, Emmanuel Riviere and Florian Thauvin.
We agree with that and it could be that Thauvin is already a Marseille player, since he was on a loan deal with an obligation to buy.
Once the French U21 player played 12 games for the French club the transfer clause would be activated with the transfer fee bring £10M – and he’s already played 24 times for Marseilles with 5 goals.
More money for the club to spend on new players this summer.
Henri Saivet – to leave Newcastle this summer
We’re not sure if that deal is executed in January or the summer, but he will certainly not be a Newcastle player in the summer.
But there are also other players who will be sold this summer if we become a Premier League club again this summer.
Some of the more obvious players who have no future at Newcastle are Massadio Haidara, Haris Vuckic and Curtis Good.
We also believe there’s little chance of defender Kevin Mbabu, currently on loan at Young Boys in Switzerland for the season , staying on at Newcastle for next season.
And we are expecting (hoping) that Cheick Tiote’s transfer to a Chinese Super League club finally goes ahead this weekend – that’s what Rafa said he was expecting yesterday.
Other players who could leave the club and it really depends on how well they play in pre-season training in early July are Tim Krul, Siem De Jong and two in the current squad – Chancel Mbemba and even Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Allowing Mitro to go (and maybe Mbemba too) will be looked on as sacrilege by some Newcastle fans.
But Mitro, after missing three good chances and a penalty at Oxford, missed an absolute sitter yesterday in the second half against Derby that would have sealed the game for us.
He literally put the ball wide from about seven yards out when he had the whole goal to aim at.
A top striker just has to take those type of chances and the Serbian has had a poor season at the club.
Cancel seems out of favor with Rafa and could be sold as he seems to be the 4th choice center-back now, with Ciaran Clark our top center-back this season.
We assume that any transfer fees Rafa gets from players he sells can be reinvested back into the squad – Ashley should definitely allow that.
So Rafa has some tough decision to make this summer, but these players will be allowed to leave Newcastle for definite in the summer.
Cheick Tiote *
* could leave this month.
Vuckic and Ameobi have contract that run out at the end of June and will be released and if Rafa cannot sell the other players he could be forced to send them out on loan again to at least get their wages off the wage bill.
We expect Rafa to offer news deals to both Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran, who have played well for us this season – with Yoan being a revelation.
What do you think?