Both Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar were sent out on loan on Monday – the final day of the European transfer window.
So that has left only Jack Colback and Jamie Sterry as first-team players over 21 who are still on the Newcastle wage bill who are not in the Premier League group of 25 and will not play this year.
The best we can do is to get them moves out on loan in January although both have contracts that end next June – when they will become free agents.
Neil had written earlier today that Steve Bruce and company need to get our major players signed up to long-term new deals.
Steve Bruce sees some of the Newcastle players he wants to get tied down to long term improved contracts.
They have been reported in the Mail to be Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, Sean Longstaff, Matt Ritchie, and Jonjo Shelvey.
We could add young Matty Longstaff and the brilliant Fabian Schar to that list, and we will then have a core of outstanding players long term at Newcastle.
We have our doubts about Shelvey, who really wants to stay at Newcastle.
But if he cannot get a first-team starting position, he wouldn’t be worth the £70K/week he is reported to earn on Tyneside with his current contract.
Get these two lads signed up to new and improved five year deals
Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley had to wait until the end of the European transfer window to see who they still have to pay wages for – and that’s Jack Colback and Jamie Sterry as we mentioned above – who don’t seem to have a future at their home town club.
So we hope to see Steve Bruce step up to the plate and push Lee Charnley and get Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff, Matt Ritchie, and Fabian Schar signed up to good long-term deals.
North Shields brothers Sean and Matty look players of the future at Newcastle – two local lads who could become standouts at their hometown club.
Fabian Schar is fast becoming a star in the league, and he scores goals too; this player was born to play on Tyneside, and he has the will, temperament, skill, courage, and pure guts to become one of the best center-backs in the Premier League.
The 27-year-old Swiss international has less than two years to run on his current three-year deal – and he’s one of our best buys for a long time at only £3.5M from Deportivo.
What an absolute bargain!
Ki Sung-Yeung has only one year left on his two-year deal but if Matty Longstaff comes through this season – as we expect he will – Ki may not be kept beyond next summer.
Manager Steve Bruce will also have a hard job explaining to miserly Mike Ashley that he wants to keep 30-year-old Matt Ritchie past his current deal – whose contract runs out in the summer of 2021.
Extend his contract by two years; if there’s anybody who epitomizes the spirit and guts of this Newcastle team of the last three years, it’s Matt Ritchie.
And remember he dropped down a division to join us from Bournemouth back in 2016.
Finally, Isaac Hayden has been one of our best players since last December and looks a mature guy these days – fatherhood has served him well.
Isaac has decided to stay on at Newcastle because of the fans, and he has realized (and so has his fiance) what a special club Newcastle United really is.
Hayden fully deserves a new five-year deal – and he’s fast becoming one of our best players – pay him the money, Lee.
Issac also leads the poll of who has been the best player last month.
Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Month For August?
- Fabian Schar (29%, 251 )
- Isaac Hayden (29%, 249 )
- Paul Dummett (21%, 182 )
- Christian Atsu (10%, 87 )
- Joelinton (5%, 45 )
- Martin Dubravka (3%, 29 )
- Miguel Almiron (2%, 19 )
Total Voters: 862
So there you have it.
Let’s get six players – Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff, Matt Ritchie, and Fabian Schar – all signed up to good long-term deals.
What do you think?