We would like to see some of our top players get new contracts so they can stay at Newcastle for the foreseeable future.
That’s as long as we don’t get relegated again.
Those players include goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie, the Longstaff brothers, and Fabian Schar.
And if Dutch International Jetro Willems keeps performing well, then his loan deal can be made into a permanent move next summer – reportedly for around £10M.
With Mike Ashley’s dumb policy on not giving contracts to players 30 or over, Steve Bruce could find it challenging to sign Matt Ritchie to a new deal.
That’s even though he is one of the best players we have.
Fabian Schar – more ambitious clubs will be interested
Ritchie would likely stay if given a new deal to stay on Tyneside, but the player who worries us most is the in-form Fabian Schar.
The Swiss International must be attracting some top clubs with his excellent displays in the black and white shirt.
Fabian could (should) be playing Champions League football given how good he is, and he’s also an experienced International.
With our limited ambitions under owner Mike Ashley, Fabian can do a lot better than play at Newcastle.
And Ashley will no doubt remember we paid just £3.5M for him from Deportivo last year.
So the owner can work out that he can make a big profit on the player.
That’s all Ashley thinks about.
Some of the top half clubs in the Premier League could well be interested in Schar, and he would also be a great player in the Bundesliga.
It’s a pity our owner only thinks of the financial side of football and not the playing side.
Fabian could become a top player at Newcastle United for at least the next five years.
But we are lumbered with Ashley, and until that changes, Newcastle will remain a selling club where the team on the field remains of secondary importance to the finances.
We would be delighted if we can sign Fabian to a new deal.
But we doubt he will want to stay on Tyneside given the other offers he will get from more ambitious clubs.
What do you think?