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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

  • OutClassed

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #121

    Viduka 60,000
    Cacapa 35,000
    Smith 55,000
    Owen 105,000
    Enrique 40,000
    Geremi 60,000
    Xisco 20,000

    That’s four strikers out, leaving Carroll, Martins and Lovenkrands. but if we could bring Saviola on loan for this season (and next) it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone else.

    If Enrique goes we’ll need a left back and we could surely flog Enrique for around 3m or more? As that’s the price quoted to get Dan Fox.

    Cacapa is the centre back that could easily be replaced, especially if Onouha or Dunne comes in with the Given transfer.

    Lastly there’s Geremi who can play RB or RW, and now we’ve got Taylor to cover there?

    375k x 52 = 19.5m saved a year on wages, although the replacements will cost a bit but nowhere near the wage those still here are on!

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  • Sav

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #122

    Owen should lose the captaincy for starters. Hope Nolan might take that on.

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  • OutClassed

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #123

    Sav, Nolans barely through the door and your on about him being captain?

    My choice for tomorrows game would be Duff or Butt (:

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  • Swedgen

    Jan 31, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #124

    Saviola will want massive wages, near the amount of Owen’s. Maybe Ashley would be prepared to shell out for a loan period but I can’t see us investing in him long term. Shame because he was, is, and always will be world class. You don’t just lose that.

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  • stevt_0_3

    Jan 31, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #125

    Wasn’t Ashley already in charge when we signed all the players mentioned (except for Owen)!!!

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  • supermac

    Jan 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #126

    i hope owen does go in the summer im sure he will he will never be the same player again and is past his best if he’d stayed injury free he could of been a ledgend for us but its never gonna happen now with us then not paying his wages it would lift a huge burden of our shoulders and free up more money in my eyes this can only be a good thing

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  • chuck

    Jan 31, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #127

    Some people posting team selections that include M. Veloso.
    It`s not gonna happen, just throwing you a bone to distract you from the fact only bargain basement stuff coming through the door, like the great Ryan Taylor for what was it, oh yeah 1.5m.
    C`mon folks wise up we went through this before, what are you slow learners or something.

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  • Macas

    Jan 31, 2009 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #128

    All these people saying Ashley has to cut the wage bill becasue of the previous regime’s stupidity, its interesting to note that the likes of Barton, Geremi, Smith and Viduka were all signed by Ashley. Its a shame Shepherd gets all the stick for this.

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  • SAMTHECAT

    Jan 31, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #129

    All of us would have said Smith 60000 a week no way apart from Mike i know nothing about running a football club Ashley. No point moaning about the wage bill if you were part of the problem.
    I wouldnt pay anyone over 40000 apart from Martins.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #130

    ..

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  • Nick D

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #131

    Why aren’t Butt and Duff on that list.
    2 washed up has beens on huge wages. They’d be my first to go along with Viduka, owen and smith.

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  • Nick D

    Jan 31, 2009 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #132

    Swedgen

    Barton hardly ever plays !!

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