web analytics

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.


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

  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #81

    Billy The Fish

    Just to confirm that I’m not the David Craig who posts on here (well, I am cos that’s my name) but Davy Craig – my dad was David so I was always known as Davy. Was once interviewed outside St. James’ Park by David Craig which was bizarre but I’m not the guy from sky claiming to know all about NUFC. Glad that’s cleared up!!!!!!!!!!

  • RyanToon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #82

    xisco biscuits, aye he said arshole but they didnt warn him about it haha

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #83

    Yeah Ryan I heard that then they tried to change it to rascal. Haha he was right though arse hole of the higest calibre

  • keeganjr

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #84

    take away a 0… then maybe, maybe they worth it

  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #85

    That’s got to be put up on You Tube – I went to the bog and missed it!!! Got rid of N’zogbia while I was there!!! 😉

  • Stardust

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #86

    So Davy Craig – have you any front teeth or do you own a bedsheet with writing on it – just trying to remember which fan outside SJP you were lol

  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #87

    Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine!

  • billy the fish

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #88

    aye Davy i know its not you mate

  • xisco biscuits

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #89


  • craigcoozy

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #90

    my team predication


    edgar colo basson s. taylor

    duff butt nolan taylor/jonas

    caroll ranger/shola
    lua lua

  • Stuart79

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #91

    Are we going to sign any other players or what?

    I think we desperately need another CM and LB.

    We’ll be definitely cutting it fine.

    I presume were waiting for Given and Nzogbia money to come in before spending any other cash.

  • azim

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #92

    add ameobi to the list

  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #93

    Stardust – got all my own teeth and have a duvet – even have a change one so they can be washed!! I was interviewed when Owen signed – was in club shop when it was announced and already had my son’s strip for his birthday in my hand so took it to get Owen’s name on the back. Suddenly loads of press came in and they took the top away to take photos – the bairn’s shirt was in the press all over the world the next day. I was the one that could just about string two sentences together!!

  • euanpolo

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #94

    I know that Bojinov is injury prone but if we can get him fit he would be a great player for us. My only worry is that he’ll turn out like Emre, great when he’s playing, but that wont be very often.

    Possible Team (for rest of season)
    Beye, Coloccini, Bassong, Enrique
    R. Taylor, Guthrie, Nolan, Jonas
    Bojinov, Martins

    Subs: Krul, S. Taylor, Kadar, Barton, Lovenkrands, Owen, Carroll

  • azim

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #95

    david craig dont enter here anymore otherwise i’m going to kick ur ass

  • kash@home

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #96

    We’re blatantly not gonna be able to offload any of these players before the summer!

    However, in this current pridicament, with Nolan and Taylor on board and Given and Zogs leaving, we still need:

    LB, CM, RM and possibly a striker. However, with Smith due back, and OWen only 4 weeks away, then we maybe alright for strikers.

    I am hoping we try and entice City to include Elano and Sturridge in the deal for Given.

    Fox has been touted as a potential LB, so then if we can find a quality RM we’ll be in a good position.

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #97

    Oh what a shock, footballers being paid a lot, I never knew that.

    Just Let them all go and see who they bring in, if it is anything like the last three windows our team will be GREAT I cant wait for next season. We will definately we challenging for Europe.

  • Stuart79

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #98

    GeordieJayne – What drugs has your doctor been giving you??

  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #99

    Davy Craig isn’t David Craig.

  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #100

    Team after Jan





  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #101


    I am but I’m not – if you know what I mean!!

    Dunno how safe this thread is but says that Taylor has signed!


  • cooldj

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #102

    and duff

  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #103

    Methinks GeordieJayne may be using a wee bit of sarcasm there! Am I right GJ?

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #104

    It says Taylor has a long throw!

    That’ll be good for Ameobi and Carroll

  • keeganjr

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #105

    bring in harewood on loan or try too lure him 2-3mill. power and pace

  • Turkish Magpie

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #106

    for Ameobi to get his 50th against Makems would be magical!

  • Stuart79

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #107

    Kinnear has said he hopes for at least one more signing before the deadline.

    That I presume means we’ll bring in one more.

    What position would everyone want that one signing to be?

    Considering we should have more than 15m left after Given and Nzogbia have went

  • MarkO

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #108

    Ameobi isn’t playing tommorrow, but Oba is and hopefully Veloso will be aswell.

  • Californication

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #109

    MarkO- Even if we did sign Veloso he would not be able to play.

  • GeordieJayne

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #110

    Davy Craig you are spot there I was lol

  • Swedgen

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #111

    Alreet lads, funny time to join up seeing the situation we’re in, what a merry mess!

    All of them can go. Owen may be a great player who has been getting rubbish service recently but you can tell now his heart’s not in it for us any more. So much for loyalty and professionalism, not many other clubs would have had enough faith in the crock to keep dishing out upwards of 100 grand weekly to someone who spent nigh on two years on the treatment table. What a joke.

    I love Viduka, I think he’s world class, but he’s badly injury prone and his general levels of fitness speak volumes (and not good ones) about his commitment to his football. Bye-bye.

    Enrique should never have been allowed to sign on 40k anyway, that is bloody ridiculous a youngster coming from Spain who hasn’t exactly set the world alight on that much, madness.

    Geremi looks the same age as the number in thousands he earns every week, Smith has shown none of this fabled ‘work ethic’ and ‘fighting spirit’ that he’s so famous for the entire time he’s been here, he can’t be bothered simple as that. Cacapa, see ya, Duff, au revoir.

    Whoever said get rid of Barton is crazy, he has improved no end since he’s gotten over his personal problems.

  • keeganjr

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #112

    zog: wigan is a step up for me… haha.. twat

  • Stuart79

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #113

    Marko – What drugs are you on too?

    Veloso? Do you really think we’ll sign him?

  • Davy Craig

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #114

    Thought so 😉

  • keeganjr

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #115

    wigan is more ambitious then newcastle.. yeah, by selling palcios,valencia and taylor. and buying zoggy.. what a dumb ass

  • Sav

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #116

    Veloso can play LB, CM and CD? But unfortunately, not all at the same time.

  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #117

    Lads, new post on my site.
    I think it you will be all keen to see it, especially the little treat at the bottom of the post.

    You know the story, click my name and enjoy my latest post because I know you will 😀

  • Doocey

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #118

    Taylor won’t play tomorrow unfortunately.
    Medical was done today but personal terms are only entering it final stages.
    Pity really.

  • batty

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #119

    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 EDdo you honestly beleive martins will still be here next season

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 31, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #120

    Bulid the defence around Bassong,

    Midfield around Barton

    and Forwards……Oba.

    Owen’s proved too injury prone, Colo n Bassong have been our best CB pairing in a long while and we have numerous young talent coming through.
    Maybe Nolan and Barton can becoming a great midfield pairing for the future.


You must log in to post a comment.