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Newcastle Ready To Unload High Wage Earners In Summer


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.


132 comments so far

  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #41

    11.11 Wolves are poised to complete the signing of Hearts captain Christophe Berra.

    we should of gone for him, hed be cheap aswell

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #42

    MarkO – agreed. Martins frustrates sometimes when he seems to run into players, or takes wildcard strikes at goal, but I’ve seen enough of those runs/strikes come off to agree that defences dont like playing against him.
    I think he needs to learn a bit about passing when he’s got the ball, but he’s most certainly an asset when he plays.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #43

    anyone know what the squad is for tommorow? hope ranger is on the bench 🙂

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  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #44

    Team

    Harper

    Onuoh—Colo—Bassong—Enrique

    Jonas—Veloso—Nolan—Taylor

    Oba–Bojinov

    This team would easily keep us up and there is decent backup for most positions.

    I feel that if Bojinov can keep fit then he could surprise a lot of people. Yes he isn’t the greatest player in the world, but he would give us valuable goals which is what we need.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #45

    toonarmyuk

    agreed martins is a top player the only thing he lacks is knowing when to release the ball imo

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #46

    also, there is another possibility, which is playing 4-3-3 if we are short on strikers.

    ———————-Harper————————–
    Onouha——–Colo———Bass————-Taylor
    ————-guthrie—-veloso——-barton———
    Duff——————————————–Jonas–
    ————————Martins————————

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #47

    Too Graeme – it looks like Barton has turned a very important corner for most NUFC fans. I vividly remember most of the commentors on here (me included) baying for his blood when he was in the nick and rejected a pay cut, but all praise for the lad – he seems to have just pulled his socks up and got on with it since he got out.
    He’s definitely one that will give it their all when playing (looking forward to him and Nolan playing together…A LOT!), and it’s a shame he’s going to out for most of our run in.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #48

    bojinov? i wouldnt take the risk! hes had to many awful injuries, id rather have sturridge or benjani

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #49

    I just remembered a week or so ago i was debating with bloggers about Owen and they had the audacity to mention Nistelrooy in the same sentence as him, lol.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #50

    MarkO – I think a seemingly injury prone player (Bojinov) is the last thing we should be taking risks on right now. Regardless of his ability, our training ground/regime seems to be picking off injury prone players – and those who aren’t – one by one.
    No doubt, this should be investigated by the club as a matter of utmost importance during the close season. It seems to be season after season after season that our players are out en-masse with hamstring injuries, and it can’t just be co-incidence…

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  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #51

    David Craig isn’t online :O lol!

    We need another LB and a striker.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #52

    right if we sign r.taylor and veloso(ok im dreaming)… when everyones fit(ok im dreaming) our best team for ME would be:

    Harper

    Beye Coloccini Bassong R.Taylor

    Jonas Nolan Veloso Duff

    Owen Martins

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  • ian

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #53

    Bad time to talk abbout this when we are trying to attract players.

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  • LooneyToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #54

    Once the high wage earners are off the wage bill we can start recruiting, up and coming, hungry footballers who have something to prove and their best years ahead of them….

    6 weeks ago I stated on hear that I hoped Owen would stay….I will now hold my hands up and admit I was wrong…now I think we and him would be best served if he moved on….Unfortunatley he has lost that 2 yards of pace that made him special 5-6 years ago…

    We need someone to play upfront with Oba….Carroll has potential but is a little raw…would love the lad to do well…..My choice would be Ranger…..watched this lad a few times and he has everything…pace, power, strength, good in the hear and he can finish….he also has a little bit of arrogance (a good arrogance) that all top players have…

    Build a side around Harper, Beye, Colo, Bassong, Barton, Nolan, Jonas and Martins……

    I will also mention Alan Smith…..lot of doubters on here and the terraces which I can understand to a point as he hasnt done the business for us…..I do however believe, given a run in the team, up front, he will deliver the goods and prove his doubters wrong….

    Bring on the scum….I have butterflies….

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  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #55

    How about signing him on loan with the option to send him back if he gets injured this would secure no long term commitment to an injury prone player and we could asses his real value.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #56

    Dragonera – what are you inferring? That Owen isn’t as good as VN, or the other way round?

    You have to acknowledge that both VN and Owen in their day were truly World Class and would easily have broken world records if their clubs sold them at their peaks.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #57

    Ryan Toon – with you there, but one exception. I am hearing from a few people close to the club that Lovenkrands is flying at the minute and that he’s gonna be the surprise performer of the second half of this season. If this is the case, I would say replace Duff with him. Of course, it may not turn out like that, but we’ll see.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #58

    watching gillete soccer saturday, and jeff has already made the insomnia joke, be good to see what their views are on it

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  • Yellow Belly

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #59

    Its irrelevant who are best strikers are., without a world class defensive midfielder we will always be struggling, forget the flair players they are nothing without a a good DM. Ask your self why are Arsenal inconsistent this year? Because they have lost their good DM’s. Manure struggled until Carrick was fit! Villa have Barry, Liverpool have Mascherano, that’s why they are up there. Look at any top team in Europe and you will find a good DM. Its very easy to blame you strikers when you are not scoring and blame your defenders when you concede but it is all about the team effort and the DM is the heart. We need a Velso, Mbia , Cana desperately and everyone else will suddenly be ten times better

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  • LooneyToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #60

    ToonArmyUk

    Barton has changed a corner……since he “issue” in Liverpool over a year ago now, he has kept his nose well and truly clean….

    He is a quality player who has had his demons in the past…..he has the charachter to admit he had a problem, sort them out and move on with his life…..

    He wants to be here…he wants to repay the club for standing by him…..for me he would be my captain in the summer…..he would carry the armband with passion and drive the side on….

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #61

    toonarmyuk

    who do you know close to the club then?

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #62

    wonder whether we got the taylor deal through in time ? said on skysports we were trying

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #63

    RVN is far superior to Owen and the two should never be compared. Owen in his prime is not a speck on RVN in his prime.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #64

    MarkO – it would be a definite option, but I don’t think he’s on the NUFC radar to be honest. I am sure that if City paid a high enough fee, that Johnson would be included in the deal, rather than anyone else in the squad.

    Does anyone out there know of any of these other supposed loan deals which may be going ahead? Is Saviola a genuine target?

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #65

    does anyone think we need a new centre back? weve only got 3 really

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  • LooneyToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #66

    Yellowbelly…..

    Good point…..

    A DM is a vital position….breaks up the play for the opposition and starts them for “us”

    Veloso would be a great addition….proof will be in the pudding

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #67

    dragonera, agreed RVN was better than Owen when both in the prime but you cant deny Owen is a natural finisher and also a natural at getting injured!

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  • cjcox88

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #68

    i dnt think we need a new centre back, as we have bassong, colo, taylor, cacapa (i kno hes crap but we need other things more) also have edgar who can play there, and hopefully if veloso comes he can cover there too!

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  • ashleys wallets cobwebs

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #69

    hope the taylor deal has gone through , his set pieces would be great for tomorrow, we have not had a good delivery since nobby, and what a difference it makes, at least 10-15 goals a season

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  • nimo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #70

    Your sister shags your brother, your brother shags your mother, you all shag one n other, the mackem family 🙂

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  • nimo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #71

    your mums your dad, your dads your mum your interbred you mackem scum

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  • toonarmyuk

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #72

    RyanToon – lol, nobody seriously close, just a few mates, who know a few mates. There is a link somewhere at the club but I dont know who it is. My mates could be bullsh!tting of course, but I dont think they are the type to.

    Dragonera – come off it, Owen was amazing at Liverpool! I reckon if Liverpool had have put him up for sale in his prime that every big club in the world would at least have been interested.

    Right, I’m to do some shopping with our lass. Be back later to check on more comments. Laters lads. Hopefully we’ll have a new signing (Taylor?) and Le Sulk will have gone by the time I get back! 🙂

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  • Alex

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #73

    Ed
    you missed Edgar out of the list ,the lads contract runs out this summer as well . Although i would not mind him getting a new one for a couple of seasons , then loaned out to a team that will give him a long run in his natural position , I really think that lad could come good yet . Enrique will also develop into a class LB but the rest in your list need dumped with maybe the exception of Xisco . Their must be something going on with him we do not know about , he cant be that bad a player when he plays for the Spanish u21 side .

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  • nimo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #74

    toon toon

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  • huss37

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #75

    No Heart
    No Passion
    No Interest

    Greed
    Greed
    Greed

    Shame we have to wait till the summer.

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  • nimo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #76

    toooooooooooooooooooooon army cant wait till we beat the scum. who ever looses will go down

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  • Dragonera

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #77

    toonarmy

    I agree he was really good at Liverpool, but still not a speck on RVN.

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  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #78

    charlie niclas just called bellamy a arshole on sky lol

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  • billy the fish

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #79

    i think the poster aka David Craig has been finally shown for what he is ……”LOOK AT ME, LOOK AT ME, I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DONT NA NA NA NA NA”….. when really he knew naff all

    Will never show his face on here again – the ridicle would be too much for him

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  • xisco biscuits

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #80

    maybe if we offload some of our high earners from whom we see very little in return we could afford to attract some real quality players. i dont expect superstars but the likes of mbia, veloso, srna, kightly etc are realistic options for a club like newcastle

    @ ryantoon – did nicholas really say “arsehole”?? if so, thats class!!

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