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No Future At Newcastle For These Four Forgotten Men

We haven’t heard much at all about Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good this summer and at one time these players were four of our most promising youngsters at the club.

But it looks like it’s the end for them with none of them having made the squad that’s currently in Ireland.

The players at the moment are part of Peter Beardsley’s Development squad, so we would expect them all to have left Newcastle by September, either on loan for the season or on permanent moves.

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Haris Vuckic hasn’t made it at Newcastle

Rafa Benitez is busy reshaping the Newcastle squad and he has already brought in five good players – two have both Championship and Premier League experience and two from the continent in Matz Sels and Jesus Gamez.

Isaac Hayden was signed today from Arsenal for £2.5M and he has Championship experience last season when he was on loan for the season at Hull City.

Rafa has brought five players in and allowed seven players to leave but there’s more activity expected soon – in both directions.

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Next through the door at Newcastle could be Grant Hanley of Blackburn with Newcastle having bid £4.5M for the center-back while Blackburn seem to want £6M – not exactly a huge difference in the transfer fee.

And today we were linked with Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe as he seems to be wavering on a potential move for £15M to Bournemouth.

Newcastle also let it be known that if Moussa Sissoko is to leave Newcastle this summer a minimum bid of £35M will be required.

It looks like Rafa will be able to basically transform the squad this summer and will not be short of transfer funds.

It’s so far so good for Newcastle this summer.

But there seems no future at the club for Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic, Gael Bigirimana or Curtis Good.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Nufc-83

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Would be the best piece of business in the history of Newcastle if we got 35m for Moussa. People will argue Carrol due to his injuries but at the time at least he was contributing by scoring goals. Moussa done nothing but hide and play terrible for 95% of the season yet we still may get 35m 🙂

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I thought bigi wud make the grade when he came originally. Some said he was pardewed which is a bit ridiculous. Never thought vukic was good enough. Too slow with the turn of a bus. We deffo need more players. Does rafa rate mitro? Only if he has pace near him. Its a big question for rafa. Does he go out and buy a 1st team striker or does he let mitro have the jersey and be his main man up top? Maybe he thinks gayles pace will allow him to play like a Torres. Anyone who who played up front with torres?

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #3

    I wud be amazed if we get 35 mill. I hope we havent snookered ourselves and end up having to take 25 and looking like fools. He really has given us a negotiations lift though with those efforts.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #4

    I did think Sammi and Good might have had something to offer as 4th 5th choice back ups for a single Championship season, although not beyond, certainly if we went back up. Perhaps they will ultimately be held onto for exactly that reason, should Rafa not find the replacements needed. We do need a better CB than Good, but we also need another understudy in that position which he should be capable of handling if fit, and possibly another understudy on the wing, if not a regular match day player.

  • geordie157

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #5

    If offers come in then all four of these will leave, realistically what can we get for them. Maybe have a sell on percentage for bigi, they other three I’d just release and get rid.

  • loonie-toon

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Mayb use them in the deal for the defender from Blackburn

  • Our Toon

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #7


    We bought him for 2m or less so even if we got 5m for him it would be a profit….stupid decision but still a profit

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle will think that going straight back up will be worth more than
    35 million, and that’s why they’ll hold onto Sissoko if they can. With due respect to the calibre of player we’ve managed to bring in, they aren’t close to Sissoko’s quality.

  • croftus5678

    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #9

    curtis def is not strong enough for english footy so hes a write off imo and tbf same with sammy at his best hes a lower league player imo.

    bigi after watching him several times over the years has a lot of high quality attributes but is very emotionally unstable letting the odd bad touch ect ruin his mood for the whole game ! if he starts doing well in the first 10mins he normally ends motm as his moral is high ! if he can keep his motivation and confidence he will be a great player.

    vukic is very much a siem type player ! he can be very effective but no matter what he does you just get the feeling he is not giving it his all when he has the skills to be a top player.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 12, 2016 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Good’s problem is obviously fitness. There’s little to suggest he’s too frail though to compete if fit. He’s actually a big lad. Sammy’s current level is match day squad at top half Championship club. Bigi and Vuckic not at that level.

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 12, 2016 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Vukic was a house on fire until his hand was broekn by a wicked shot that caught him unawares. He has not come back from that. Wish him the best, whereever he goes. Maybe trade him for Ranger.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 12, 2016 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #12

    These guys are what – 23, 24? It’s bleedin’ obvious they are not going to be PL players. They’ve been around too long as it is.

  • lesh

    Jul 12, 2016 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #13


    If Sissoko is as good as he thinks he is, then £35m is a reasonable valuation. If no one wants him at that price, then he’s not seen that way. In that case, Sissoko’s lost face, not Rafa. Sissoko should learn from that and hopefully put a full season in for us as he did for France.

  • cyprus

    Jul 12, 2016 at 4:54 AM

    Comment #14

    A bit of a riddle you write there. Who exactly is doing the thinking there? Anyway I doubt he’s put that evaluation on his head himself. More,it was Rafa or the club.
    For the record I think if he wants to go he should be let.

  • cyprus

    Jul 12, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    Comment #15

    On this article I thought vukic and ameobi would’ve made it.

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #16
  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #17

    Barcelona have expressed an interest in Ayoze Perez.
    They have been given the brush-off but may return.


  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #18

    The Italian media is just rammed with stories of Sissoko going to Juventus.
    Probably something to do with the black and white shirt

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #19

    This article is about Everton wanting Juventus’ defender Daniele Rugani.
    However it states quite forcefully that Koeman still has Wijnaldum in his sights

  • G

    Jul 12, 2016 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #20

    Bigi was the only name from this group I expected to make it. Never saw anything in Vukic that convinced me he would make it, hated Samiobi when he was diving against lower league oposition in a cup game at every challenge, good didnt even look reserve standard durin his loan at Bradford. Bigi looked promising at leasr when he broke into our team, and played a few matches. He seems to have gone backwards rather than develop. Shame for all of them, but no room for sentiment in football.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #21

    Jib@17. Interesting article, but I don’t see the relevance of his sexuality.

  • Jib

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #22

    I think you are doing a Prince Albert – reading too much sexual content when none is intended.
    Do you cover the legs of your piano in the house ?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #23

    I think good is good, good use to be bad now good is good, i wish good was good but now he’s bad.

  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Frenchman @21 – I’ve read the article a couple of times via Google translate and I can’t see it?

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #25

    Jib, I subscribe to a Spanish porn site. I think it must influence my interpretation of the language. That and Dutch. And Russian.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #26

    Sorry Martoon. My mistake…

  • martoon

    Jul 12, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Frenchman no need to apologise if that’s how you interpreted it fair enough. Anyway about the subject of Perez leaving doesn’t his brother play for a local non-league team (I forget which one)? Which probably means he is pretty well settled here so I’d be surprised if he wants to move – on the other hand it is Barcelona!


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