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Three Frenchmen To Leave Newcastle This Summer

It’s a good question as to which players will be leaving the club this summer, since we need a bigger squad than we had last season, if only to be able to get past all the injuries we seem to pick up every season.

And since John Carver kept saying there were players not good enough for Newcastle and they will be leaving the club this summer, we assume a number of them will be on their way.

Mehdi Abeid Burnley

Mehdi Abeid to leave this summer?

The Sun today have identified three players they think will leave Newcastle – Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran – and since they still have contracts at Newcastle,  they will be put on the transfer list.

After 22 year-old Mehdi Abeid, who is of Algerian descent but born in France (that’s why I’m saying he’s French in this article), had done so well in Greece last year while on loan.

We were hoping he would come through, but Carver hardly played him this year, and it’s a good bet that Panathinaikos will be back in for him this summer.

That’s where he had an excellent loan spell and hit 10 goals in 38 appearances for the Greek side.

Gabby Obertan showed his best form of the season until he was injured against Liverpool,  but it looks like the former Manchester United winger will be moved on this summer.

And another Frenchman, Yoan Gouffran, has been disappointing thee last two seasons,  and while he works hard he  hasn’t been the goal threat we had hoped he would be.

Not many players played well for John Carver this year – most players didn’t show anywhere near their best form for the coach who lacked man-management skills – and just couldn’t get the players to play for him.

So we are hoping Steve McClaren will be able to take a look at all the players in pre-season,  before deciding who should leave – Steve shouldn’t rely on what John Carver tells him about the players.

After all McClaren may be able to get some of those fringe players playing at or near their best,

And we must retain a bigger squad for next season, otherwise we could soon be down to the bare bones again because of injuries, as we were this year.

Comments welcome.

114 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Jun 5, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    With 2 more shitters to come in no doubt.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 5, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    The Sun have identified three players they think will leave … So what?

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s almost like they shoot themselves in the foot on purpose to stay a mid-table club and shelve any kind of ambition, it’s really frustrating to watch it unfold over and over again.

    I hope the squad is sorted out properly and no more limping to the finish line because of injuries and suspensions.

    Give us 20 top players and bin the mediocre ones who really shouldn’t he anywhere near an NUFC shirt.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 5, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve identified the Sun as a paper not worth reading

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 5, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #5

    who would buy obertan and gouffran? Abeid under a proper coach (maybe even mclaren) could still become good. wasted opportunity there, but probably paying the price for telling carver what he thought of him.

    As for clearing deadwood, surely carver, stone watson and woodman should head the exit queue. Bet carver enjoyed telling guti he was out.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 5, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #6

    @5 rotonda

    completely agree

    abied is very usefull still learning as is currently not out of his depth in the squad we have atm ! esp when compared with anita/tiote/marv/bigi/vukic ect who are still on our books

    i hope arma goes out on loan maybe to rangers next year to get some proper coaching as it worked wonders for vukic.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t see the problem with Abeid. He is OK and could be used as a squad player, I don’t get the thinking behind that unless they are looking to make money from a sale.

    With Tiote and Abeid away that is just stupidity for me. I really fancy Tiote to go but his form and injuries last season might see us struggle to offload him. He dosn’t warrant a new contract and he will go for free next summer if we don’t cash in now.

    Abeid must be cheap in wages also. Has to be kept.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t get rid of Abeid – didn’t get a decent chance – either injured dropped or moved from one position to another

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Its a stitch up! In the case of Abeid it makes you wonder where Carr is and how much power is in the hands of the Coaches. I do not think any fan would want to see Abeid go and undoubtedly improve in another league under a different Manager. This article just shows what the tabloid press are, an advertising board to drum up interest, let the ripple take effect and there will soon be names of clubs attached to players with no authenticity. Raising expectation and justifying the transfer merry-go-round. Corruption is systemic in the professional game, whether it is legal or illegal, corporate or sporting and we all allow it to happen.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #10

    @7 toon

    when he was on loan last season i read he had a year remaining on his contract when his loan finished (never looked into it though tbh) if it is true it could explain them not wanting to renew his contract as they would have him on the books for another 3+ years at a higher wage than they want to pay him at my best guess !

    he’s algerian regular international player also so imo he would be asking for a half decent wage now instead of the pittence training wage he was probably getting.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Ed – you talk of McLaren getting the best out of some players ?
    Did I miss something ?
    I don’t recall the club making any announcements about a new Manager or Head Coach being appointed.

    Anyway all this talk of McLaren is just a smoke screen while the club finalise details with Klopp.

  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #12

    It’d be a shame if Abied were shipped out because of Carver’s opinion of him.

    As Ed and others have said, a lot of players underperformed under Carver last season and more to the point, there’ve been a few who have not fulfilled the potential that was presumably there when they were bought.

    Carver’s been with us coaching these guys and although it may seem unfair to him, he might not be as good a coach as he believes he is – I’m talking coach rather than HC!

    Ok, he’s got his coaching badges but as we all know, passing a driving test doesn’t make a person a good driver.

    Add to poor coaching the number of players injured during training and surely it’s time for a thorough review of our coaching and fitness staff and if necessary, move them on.

    Ashley surely must buy into that thought when you consider the cost of losing money on players who do not come up to standard and are moved out.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13


    If they don’t sort a contract out for Abeid it’s a poor decision for me like. I think he has been decent and still more to come from the lad.

    Does anyone know his contract situation?

  • beermonkey

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #14

    every year the deadwood is going to be culled
    and every year come the close of the window its still here
    they wont go till there contracts run out as no1 will pay for them
    so we will not see any decent improvements in the squad till they leave

  • lesh

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15


    Reports say that Klopp’s the fall back if we don’t succeed with a bid for Mourinho’s services!

  • cyprus

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Greek newspapers are full of reports that Abeid himself wants out and is forcibly pushing for a move, to Pana..

  • cyprus

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #17

    Hope this Laudrup HC will win us something.

  • nut meg

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #18

    I expect both Tiote & Cisse to move on while they still have some value.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #19

    Abeid will want first team football I don’t blame him for wanting away.

    If anyone should be shipped out it should be Anita and Tiote.

  • Magpie Season

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #20

    They just signed Essien. Abeid could learn a lot from him; if an offer came he might leave.

  • Griff-toon

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    “Yoan Gouffran, has been disappointing thee last two seasons, and while he works hard he hasn’t been the goal threat we had hoped he would be.”

    Hahaha, works hard…

  • ashleysmate

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #22

    It’s a shame the 3 weren’t Le Ashley Le Charnley and Le Carver ??

  • croftus5678

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #23

    @13+19 toon

    i completely agree.

    goofy is another i feel sorry for tbh he was bought as a striker and tbf when he played up front for us he looked a fairly decent one and he always like guti tried his hardest no matter what he was made to do !

    pards turned him into a defensive winger and everyone has forgotten he’s a striker now and is only ever played as a defensive winger so he’s obv no good….to almost anyone 🙁

    if he’d have been used as a striker i’ve no doubt he would have had a few suiters that would have taken him and had a better career than what he will have in front of him now.

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #24

    I think this all stinks if you ask me like,

    if I was looking at our team and by that I mean coaches and playing staff, I would defintly let a lot go,

    coaches, first, would be Charver, stone , Woodman, there is to much bad blood between 1 the fans 2 some of the players.

    from a play point of view, I really find it hard to judge a lot of our players, purely based on coaches ability.
    the like of Marv, Goofy, Anita, Abeid , these are good players that have been MOM on many occasions, but have lost there game for the greater good of P45 master plan, HBA also falls into this group for me,

    Haris Vuckic , is a kid with huge potential, the only thing that has let him down IMO is his injurey record, but iv bee impressed with his game, he was let down by P45, as when he played he was not in his best position, and had no support from some of our senior players.

    Dummett,, I honestly believe he is our best CB on the books right now, but coaches think he is our best LB,

    obertan and Williamson would both be out of the door, as they do not posses any football brain cell between them.

    Cisse scores Goals, but he can not do it all by himself, he needs support.

    my biggest fear in all of this big shake up is that we retain CHARVER and the 2 muppets along side of him,

    if it is SM as new head coach, I will think that he is just here for money and not worried about the job. I will not trust hm

  • nut meg

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #25

    @ 22
    AKA as Curly,Larry & Mo.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #26

    @24 catchy

    omg catchy i agree with all that !

  • catchy in norway

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #27



    lost for words

  • andrewsneill

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #28

    Richards, Ayew and Ings are all available on free transfers with Podolski and Umtiti available for approximately £5m and £8m respectively. They would immediately renovate the squad and improve a number of areas in which we’ve been lacking recently and all for the paltry cost of £13m and some decent wages (which would be partly covered at least by the out going players this summer). After which see how much more Mike/Lee are willing to spend and what you can get for it. Grenier, Mitrovic and/or Vitaliy Denisov are worth a bid or two imho

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #29


    He did get a few goals like, I don’t know if I could trust him upfront on his own but he did start very well. Maybe it is the coaching but he has certaintly went backwards and lacks at the moment.

    He did better than Riviere and cost alot cheaper also.

    I do want to see these sort of players upgraded in the squad though, personally I’v made my mind up on them.


  • windsrave

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #30

    Every article of this site is a click bait. It is losing its credibility

  • shaun__

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #31

    Abeid, given match time, could turn into a top goal scoring midfielder, I think we’ll live to regret it if we let him go

  • shaun__

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #32

    Windsrave – agree; def a looming credibility issue

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 5, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #33

    I have wondered for quite a while if Carr is running the club behind the scenes, scouts, hires and fires players and maybe forthcoming managers are vetted through him.

  • rwpoynter

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #34

    You have hit the nail on the head, especially in the last paragraph. Without spending money to ludicrous levels like Man City and Chelsea, which he clearly will never do, and it seems Deloitte’s report on football finance vindicates this, I cannot understand for the life of me why Mike Ashley doesn’t want this club to be successful. Surely he will end up with more financially than having this continuous affair with relegation most years. He would overnight become a hero in SJP.
    I also agree with you that a lot of players have become disillusioned with the coaching methods and that reflects in the frustration causing so many dismissals and don’t even start on the number of training ground injuries. If McLaren (or anyone else) comes, they must bring their own team in. A new broom is very much needed.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    apart from obertan and our sicknote useless aging defence, all the other players fate should be decided by McLaren if he is to be manager

    I don’t see the point in shipping out players of an already thread bare squad if McLaren can develop them and improve them

  • @nufcbluestar

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #37

    Abeid is Algerian unfortunately….

  • barkel

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #38

    I see we’re all resigned to McLaren being HC.

    I’m glad to see most people agreeing on this, it’s very unusual to not have silly bickering between posts & there’s even a few laughs .. well done lads!

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #39


    In terms of improving players, if I were Sammy I would be asking to tag along with Abeid.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Good little video interview with Jonas, you wouldn’t believe who he thinks is the top player in england he gas played with haha..

    Sorry if that has been posted already..



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