Newcastle players didn’t report back to training until Friday morning after Rafa Benitez gave the squad five days off after getting a good point in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth after Matt Richie had scored the sensational equalizer after 94 minutes in that game.
Newcastle picked up 4 points in the home game with Everton and the away game to the Cherries – and we would have taken that before those two tough games.
Rafa wants five new players brought in this summer and to make way for them he will need to get some of the fringe players off the books.
Jack Colback – on loan at Nottingham Forest
We had covered this topic last week, and 10 players could leave Newcastle this summer because they are not needed anymore at the club.
Getting their wages off the books and getting some transfer money in for them will help Rafa to bring in better players and improve the squad.
The Chronicle has an article out today, and they list the following players as likely to leave the club this summer:
Rolando Aarons (on loan at Sheffield Wed)
Achraf Lazaar (on loan at Sheffield Wed)
Jack Colback (on loan at Nottingham Forest)
Henri Saivet (on loan at Turkish club Bursaspor)
In addition to those players, we had also thought that Jacob Murphy, Jamie Sterry, Ciaran Clark, and Joselu could also leave.
With Rafa wanting another striker brought in while also keeping Rondon at the club there will be no room for Joselu.
That’s especially true because we expect Dwight Gayle to return – although he may be used in part exchange for Rondon and may stay at West Brom.
And Clark is now our 5th choice center-back.
So there are plenty of players Rafa can lose without missing any of them.
Some of those players can bring in transfer funds, but their wages need to be off the books somehow next season.
We could also lose Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame, but Rafa would like to keep both talented central midfielders for next season.