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Massive Clear-Out Planned By Newcastle This Summer

News in the Journal this morning that Newcastle plan a huge clear-out of players in the summer, and while that’s not surprising given our terrible form and results this year, it seems it will also include some of our younger players.

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James Tavernier – will leave this summer

James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana are three of our younger players said to be leaving the club, and that’s a surprise – and the biggest surprise is Bigirimana.

Gael is in his second year at the club after we signed him from Coventry City in the summer of 2012, and he played 25 times for the first team last season, but he has hardly had a look in this season, so we assume he hasn’t been playing well, although he has had some injuries.

Tavernier and Vuckic have already been offered to Championship and League One clubs in the last few weeks, so they have no futures on Tyneside, after their loan spell at Rotherham.

James has played (very) well for Rotherham, but Haris has not been able to get a starting place, and the Slovenian International has never fulfilled his enormous promise at Newcastle,  when he was signed as a 16 year-old in January of 2009.

And Gael Bigirimana was offered to clubs for a loan spell earlier this season, but Newcastle couldn’t fix anything up for him, which is surprising.

Another player who may be up for transfer is Steven Taylor, but it’s not surprising the lad from Whitley Bay doesn’t want to leave his home town club,  but wants to stay on and fight for his place next season.

Other players like Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Romain Amalfitano, Gabby Obertan, Jonas Gutierrez, Sylvain Marveaux and Ben Arfa are almost certainly set to leave in the summer.

And we will not be keeping loan strikers Loic Remy or Luuk de Jong for different reasons, with Loic wanting to join a bigger club after a fantastic season at Newcastle, and Luuk has proved he is not good enough.

If all the players that have been mentioned in this article leave then that’s 13 players – that’s a lot. 🙁

What do you think?

Comment welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    May 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    13 out, maybe 4 players in – All looking good for next season then. Looking good for the other 19 teams that is.

    Come on Ashley, shock us all and do the right thing. Ha.

  • We are the mags

    May 6, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #2

    All this talk about players coming in ill put my bottom dollar on Ashley scrimping and maybe buying 2 players tops there is no way he is gonna spend 45mil on several players its just not gonna happen folks.

  • theartfuldodger

    May 6, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Maybe these players were sent out on loan in order to get rid rather than get them to improve..

    Now Tavernier,Vukic etc can leave with some minor cash coming in…

  • benjamins86

    May 6, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Bigi has a bad season n they get rid. What about pardew? Keep the 13 players n get someone in that can manage them!

  • Rotonda heights

    May 6, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #5


    You do come out with some strange headlines but I’m sure they are just to provoke more debate.

    For example how is Colo staying good news? Colo’s head has been elsewhere for 18 months now. Good player back in the day but he is not exactly getting any quicker and is hardly inspiring as a captain is he.

    A properly run club would have this lined up:-

    Out tray

    De Jong

    In tray

    De Boer / Euro manager

    2 x mobile skilful and fast strikers
    2 x mobile skilful and fast CBs

    Promote Bigirimana, Armstrong and Abeid from reserves.

  • beermonkey

    May 6, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #6

    is this the same clear out that was gonna happen last summer and never happen

    players like obertn the the only way we will shift them is to pay there contract up, same with trav vuckic I cant see Rotherham paying for them

  • Go toon gooooo

    May 6, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Poor Parde.He sold decent Simpson,now Tavernier,after that Debuchy and he will play with Mapou Yanga Mbiwa right back and Newcastle will lose.Loser.You need to sell Santon,Anita,Williamson.They are all below average players and you need to give chance to Ben Arfa,Marveaux,Obertan(had minutes under Sir Alex) and to open space to buy TOP CLASS CENTRE BACK.Shane Ferguson is excellent player also.


    May 6, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    In reply to Go toon gooooo, I hope your trying to wind people up by saying give a chance to Marveaux and Obertan as well as Shane Ferguson is an excellent player too????? If you are then that was a very funny post, if not then, Shane Ferguson is not good enough to play for Birmingham City, who just escaped relegation in the Championship. Marveaux and Obertan are also Championship material.

  • wynsleap

    May 6, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Thirteen players out so that means we need about twenty in – just to stand still?
    Ashley, Charnley and Pardew probably don’t even know twenty players.
    This window ‘s gonna be a hoot!!

  • carl

    May 6, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    So much for youth.Maybe that explains handing Pardew an eight year contract. Pardew was singing from the same song sheet as his new boss during his first press conference, “I intend to focus on developing exciting young players through the club’s excellent academy and development squad, and I know the board here at St James’ Park is very committed to that too.” So much for a five-year plan with the objective of breaking-even by the 2015/16 season driven by planning through youth development.

  • carl

    May 6, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #11

    At least Coloccini will be able to concentrate on the footie.

  • Sav

    May 6, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Ferguson, Newton and perhaps Campbell as well. Abheid and Armstrong look more promising. Bigi is a mystery. We all had high hopes for the lad. Were Newcastle asking too much in wages for him to fix up a loan deal?


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