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Several Players Almost Certain To Leave Newcastle This Month

Henri Saivet, Rolando Aarons, and Achraf Lazaar did not receive squad numbers this summer, and it looks like the three of them will not be at Newcastle when September rolls around.

Saivet has been negotiating with Turkish club Bursaspor for a while now, and a loan move could be in the offing and announced in the next day or two.

Henri was brought in 31 months ago from Bordeaux when Steve McClaren was still the manager but has only played 6 times for the first team.

You cannot call him a good buy at around £5M.

Rolando Aarons – didn’t work out after a promising beginning

Rolando Aarons has been offered to a host of Championship clubs, and we would expect the 22-year-old to get some decent offers soon and could leave permanently before the end of this month.

Rolando has never reached the heights of his potential after he first came into the first team three years ago.

He’s been severely handicapped by several serious injuries.

He played 27 times with 4 goals for Newcastle.

Finally, Achraf Lazaar was a Benitez signing of two years ago from Palermo, and it just hasn’t worked out for the left-sided player.

We expect Achraf, who played only 10 times for the first team, to also leave this summer.

If we can get these players off the wage bill, we will have moved out 14 players and brought in 7 players.

There’s been a lot of transfer activity again this summer with Rafa continuing to change the look of his first-team squad.

If only Mike Ashley would give him some money to Rafa to bring in some really classy players.

Here’s how we stand at the moment with transfers – we can’t bring any new players in now – except for free agents.

KenedySeason loanChelsea
Ki Sung-yuengFree agentSwansea
Martin Dubravka£4.0MSparta Prague
Fabian Schar£3.0MDeportivo
Yoshinori Muto
Salomon RondonSeason loanWest Brom
Federico Fernandez£6.0MSwansea
Transfer Fees paid out£22.5M
Massadio Haidarareleased
Curtis Goodreleased
Jesus Gamezreleased
Mikel Merino£10.0MReal Sociedad
Jack ColbackSeason loanNottingham Forest
Chancel Mbemba£5.0MPorto
Matz Sels£4.0MStrasbourg
Aleksandar Mitrovic£22.0MFulham
Adam Armstrong£1.5MBlackburn
Dwight GayleSeason loanWest Brom
Ivan Toney£0.5MPeterborough
Henri SaivetSeason loanBursaspor
Transfer Fees into club£43.0M
Net Spend-£20.5M (profit)

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Jib

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    As well as the actual fees it might be useful
    to have a wages column to see how much has
    been freed up – as well as big money for the
    transfer fee of a marqué signing –
    such a player would need to
    be offered silly wages.
    I’m not sure that sits well with Rafa and his
    emphasis on team spirit

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    As someone said if you’re on the other side of an argument with Wise, Keys, Pennant and other assorted losers etc you know you’re right.

  • Jib

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    This seasons start does have the
    feel of the decks being cleared.
    Trimming the club for a buyer ?

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #4


    I think you have something there. Rafa’s previous successes have not really been built on a vast array of marquee signings, but by knitting together some real unheralded gems.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Like the rest of us you haven’t got a clue what Rafa thinks about offering the type of wages a powerhouse club like Leicester can offer Jamie Vardy without doing a Villa ala the new Leeds.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Hope so Jib. Rotunda don’t you get all pc now about Chinese human rights abuse record 🙂

  • Jib

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know.

    Rafa when he signed for Napoli in Spring
    brought in Pepe Reina (Liverpool)
    and Gonzalo Higuaín (Real Madrid)
    who both agreed to half their wages !!!

  • Slank

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #8


    I don’t see hidden agendas.

    What I do see is sensible pragmatic decisions.

    These players are surplus to requirements. They are not going to get a game for us. It’s best for their careers (and the club’s finances) that they get game time elsewhere.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Is it just me or are we due an anti nufc /anti geordie/Pro Ashley rant from that orange faced ex Palace chairman. Sky debate maybe, with Bellamy or Dennis wise. It just seems too long.

  • Slank

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10


    ‘…I’m not sure that sits well with Rafa and his emphasis on team spirit..’

    I’m sure the last thing Rafa needs is his players squabbling over wages. He doesn’t need that kind of distraction. A person’s remuneration should be personal.

  • Jib

    Aug 15, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Munster Mag
    Does it bother you ?
    I just tend to think it’s the Home counties millionaires club
    circling the wagons – predictable and almost laughable.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 15, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib, it does to be honest. I hate guys like Wise being paid to spout their views uncontested. It’s hard to know if Ashley is requesting sky to give him airtime. I wudnt say this normally but we know Ashley has influence with Sky and can get easy uncontested PR interviews at will.


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