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Newcastle In Process Of Massive Clear-Out This Summer

With James Perch telling the Sunday Sun that he wants to leave Newcatsle and go back to a Championship side so he can get a regular game next season, it seems Newcastle could have quite a clear-out this summer.

Xisco – who will take this lad?
Shefki  Kuqi and Sol Campbell have already been released, and last week the surprise news that captain Kevin Nolan was sold to West Ham for around £4.5M.

It seems the club would like to get rid of most of the fringe players, as long as they can bring in some other players, and then move some of the good youngsters into the first team squad.

Players who Newcastle will definitely want to move out include James Perch, Nile Ranger, Alan Smith, Leon Best, Wayne Routledge, Xisco and Kazenga LuaLua.

The problem with Xisco is that no club will take him because of his huge wages, and Newcastle are paying this lad
around £50K/week, and he still has two years left on his contract.

So while the Magpies would love to sell him to get his wages off the books, probably the best they can do is try to find a side to send him out on loan to, for the next two years, and have that club help with his wages.

It’s another disastrous mistake the club has made with Xisco, that’s for sure.

We assume Routledge will move to QPR or some other club, and LuaLua is close to a to Brighton, and a number of clubs are after Nile Ranger, including Bolton Wanderers.

The problem that may stop former captain Alan Smith from being moved out, is his huge £60K/week wages,  but it’s clear the leaders at the club over the last two years – Nolan, Smith, Enrique and Barton – are probably on their way out of Newcastle, and the side will be left with precious few leaders.

We expect a number of Championship clubs to come after striker Leon Best, and I’m not too sure why we are unloading him this summer at all, since surely he deserves another season in the PL with Newcastle,  after doing so well this year with 6 good goals.

We have to assume Mike Ashley doesn’t think that way.

Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi can probably do a job for Newcastle from the subs bench next season, so we don’t expect those players to be moved out.

Joey Barton and Jose Enrique are also two players who could move this summer, but we are losing far too many of our top established and proven players all at once, and that can be dangerous – but we assume that’s what the owner wants to do.

What is very clear,  is that Mike Ashley along with Derek LLambias are setting the agenda on the transfers at Newcastle, both in and out.

Let us know your views on who you think should go – and who should stay at Newcastle this summer.

Comments welcome.

Note: Rory McIlroy just won the US Open tournament as I finished this article – a fantastic performance by the 22 year-old, especially after what happened on the last 9 holes at the Masters – guts and glory indeed from the lad from Northern Ireland – Americans just love this lad.

52 comments so far

  • 37 BEN ARFA 37

    Jun 20, 2011 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #41

    Smith – 2 mill
    Perch – 1 mill
    Routledge – 2 mill
    Xisco – 3 mill
    Lovenkrands – 2 mill
    R Taylor – 2 mill


  • sephir0

    Jun 20, 2011 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #42

    Lol @ NottsGeordie

    Shola would be a Pacey striker in Serie A 🙂

  • NottsGeordie

    Jun 20, 2011 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #43


    Exactly, they would be shocked at how fast he plays the game 😀

  • Stuart

    Jun 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #44

    @29 – Theres two months of the transfer window left mate. Plenty of time to spend money.

    Free transfers come first as they don’t stay free long!

  • wynsleap

    Jun 20, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #45

    Ed – Regarding Leon Best, you say “We expect a number of Championship clubs to come after Leon Best” then say “I’m not too sure why we are unloading him this summer”.
    Don’t you think in your first statement that you have just answered your own question?
    Premiership quality he ain’t.

  • Rollo

    Jun 20, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #46

    Isn’t it pretty clear that the board (and presumably Pardew) wants to clear out the ringleaders of the club and take back the control? All “leaders” are shipped out and new guys coming in therefore changing the environment and team spirit. For the better or worse? Only time will tell but I believe the board think some of the so called leaders have to much influence on the squad and think they run the team instead of Pardew and the board. Simple power-struggle.
    Regarding the clear-out I don’t see that we are really loosing any really good players except for Enrique and maybe Barton. Nolan is a squad player in a top 8 team not more. Best is not a PL striker, Ranger might have talent but I’m not sure etc etc. This is still the lot of players who got us relegated, don’t forget.

  • brains

    Jun 20, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #47

    I had a lot of hope for Ranger but he’s obviously too bad a boy to have around. He is contracted to 2016 so the management had some faith too…he has really let himself down.

    I wouldn’t sell Best but in the cold light of day he’s just not good enough. He has two years on his contract. If he’s on £30,000 per week that’s £3.32 million in wages.

    Smith on £60,000 a week is also worth £3,32 in wages for the year left on his contract. So really he’s worth MINUS £3m!

    On the same basis Xisco is worth minus £5.4 million as he has 2 years of his £50,000 per week contract left. Good bit of business that was!

    Lovencrands, Ameobi F, and Lua Lua are contracted to 2012 which will probably be worth about £4 million in wages.

    Taylor R, Routlidge, have two years of contract, say £4 million and Perch has three years of contract which at £25,000 a week works out at £3.9 million.

    Apologies as I do not know the figures of all the weekly rates so I’ve been conservative but we’re looking at £25m+ of outgoings here. Add in the Carol £35m and we could buy a decent number nine.

  • Zubr

    Jun 20, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #48

    Maybe Xisco was subjected from some homophobic jibes at his time at NUFC. The club would be dragged through the papers,courts etc if found to be true. So would rather him be away back in spain…he looks a great player & he could bring in a few pink punds to Mikes coffers. My gay mate says he definitely would !

  • solano

    Jun 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #49

    For all those who think the club’s masterplan is going well…I spoke to someone who does promotional work for NUFC and they told me all their “work to do” was put on hold apart from that involving Shola Ameobi…it’s hardly a revelation to some of us, but in effect everyone else is available for transfer and up for sale….there are NO players classed as “blue chip” and indispensable to our masterplan!

  • wynsleap

    Jun 20, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #50

    I would agree, Solano, about blue chip players at the Toon.
    Only Colo and Tiote in my book are indispensable – possibly Ben Arfa too if he regains full fitness.
    The rest are all good players who could probably be replaced by equally good (and possibly in Ashley’s eyes, cheaper and younger) performers.
    A massive clear out however would not be good at the club. Change has to be gradual to be effective.

  • jonny_ringo13

    Jun 20, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #51



  • Brutooon

    Jun 20, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #52

    IF that CRAZY DEAL occur :

    Shola would be the fastest player at Serie A and can play till he is 50 years old

    Perch would be the defender of the season and italy considering to called him up

    Xisco will kiss all italians guys (including defenders) therefore make him easy to score goal

    Alan Smith will still stay as a cheerleader


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