Whether we survive or not in the Premier League this summer, there will be a big clearout of players.
We hope we are still in the Premier League and that Rafa is still our manager by June, and that’s what this article is based on.
Rafa is still the manager, and we are still a Premier League club.
There are three senior players whose contracts run out this summer, and they will not be retained.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – end of the road this summer for Mitro
Jesus Gamez, who just didn’t make it at the club will leave and Sadio Haidara, who played only 48 games for Newcastle in the six and a half years he was here will also depart.
Center-back Curtis Good will leave the club after six years since he signed from the Melbourne Heat in the summer of 2012 on a six-year deal.
The Australian played only twice for the Newcastle first team and suffered multiple injuries on Tyneside.
And the six players on loan are on loan because they are not needed at Newcastle.
They are Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Freddie Woodman (Aberdeen), Rolando Aarons (Hellas Verona – Serie A), Jamie Sterry (Crewe), Henri Saivet (Sivasspor- Turkey), and Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest).
Only top young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman of those six players will still be at Newcastle come September, and the other five are likely to be put up for sale.
Those five have not been used this season and Rafa doesn’t need them in the first team squad.
We don’t know why Rafa doesn’t rate Chancel Mbemba, but he will likely be available for sale this summer because Rafa hardly plays him.
A Premier League club could pick up the talented defender who can play center-back, full-back or defensive midfield, so he could still be playing in England next season.
Two other players who could leave are Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle.
Jonjo Shelvey is inconsistent, and he has discipline problems.
And like Mitro, Rafa doesn’t seem to trust Shelvey.
And Dwight Gayle will have had his chance to prove he is a Premier League striker by May, and unless he can score the goals for us soon, he will be sold too – probably to a Championship club.
Rafa can pick up quite a bit of money from selling the payers and coupled with the Premier League money we will get in May, Rafa could have big bucks to spend this summer, whoever the owner is.
But we expect Mike Ashley to still be in charge at Newcastle in the summer – unfortunately.
So there you have it – 11 players who are very likely to leave Newcastle this summer.