There have been various articles out lately that say that Rafa will have another clear-out of his Newcastle squad if we manage to get promoted, as the manager tries to build a Newcastle squad capable of challenging in the top half of the Premier League next season.
It seems there are a number of Newcastle players appear to have no future at Newcastle if we are promoted back to the Premier League.
Cheick Tiote had finally left the club, although his contract was running out at the end of June and he would have been released then in any case.
Henri Saivet – likely to leave this summer
Players who will be available for transfer this summer are:
They may not leave, but that would be because Newcastle don’t get decent offers for them and if that’s the case they could be sent out on loan next season to at least get their wages off the wage bill.
And Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi’s contracts run out at the end of June and they will be released, after both came through the Youth Academy but haven’t made it at the club.
So that’s at least eight players who could leave Newcastle in the summer, although we do expect Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran to be offered new deals and we’d be surprised if they are released when their contracts run out in June.
Other players who could leave the club include Chancel Mbemba and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who have both had indifferent seasons in Rafa Benitez’ first full term on Tyneside.
Rafa will also have to make a decision on two senior players returning from loans in the Eredevisie – midfielder Siem de Jong and goalkeeper Tim Krul.
So there are 12 players Rafa will need to consider leaving the club this summer, so it’s not unrealistic to think the players leaving the club could even reach double figures this summer.
What do you think?