Now that we’ve witnessed the transfer window in January, it seems fairly obvious who Joe Kinnear will be moving out in the summer at Newcastle.
Michael Owen – will have cost the club around £1.3M for every goal
And it seems there are a lot of players, who are either out of contract, or who on the fringes of the team, but are receiving really high wages, or both, will be moved out.
The players we think will leave the club, along with their estimated weekly wages are as follows:
Player Weekly Wage £ Viduka 60,000 Cacapa 35,000 Smith 55,000 Owen 105,000 Enrique 40,000 Geremi 60,000 Xisco 20,000 Total 375,000
So there’s a couple of things we see from this. Quite a few players who are the fringe of the first team, and quite a few who are always injured are still getting huge wages at the club, and they just don’t deserve them.
We don’t think Newcastle will make much of an attempt to keep Michael Owen at the club, and they will bring in another striker in the summer to partner Martins, Carroll and Ameobi up front. And of course Peter Lovekrands can also play in a striker role.
But when you look at the above players and realize that Ashley is paying out £375K each and every week for these players, Newcastle are just not getting their moneys worth, and that must be put right in the summer.
Michael Owen, as we all know has been injured for most of his time at the club, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better since he’s out injured again.
As one commentator said recently Michael scores once in every two games on average, but he only plays around 20 games a season. And since Michael has shown little interest in staying around on Tyneside, even though he hasn’t earned the top money we’ve paid him, he will be allowed to move elsewhere as a free agent.
His deal at Newcastle will go down as one of the worst ever for a Premier League club.
Some of the players in the above list have their contracts running out, including Viduka, Cacapa, in addition to Owen.
And most will want to stay, like Viduka, Smith and Geremi, but only because they are on such high wages.
We have to agree with Mike that the wage bill needs to be lowered and the club can do that big time in the summer, and replace the above players with younger players just as good, who hopefully are not in the injury room all the time.