Newcastle essentially have 28 first-team players despite only being able to register 25. While right-back Jamie Sterry has been with the under-23s, both Jack Colback and Henri Saivet have been training with the first team. All three are ineligible to play in the Premier League due to not being registered.
Even if Newcastle decide against bringing in any new signings, there is still work to do in January. Ideally, Newcastle will find moves for the three players not in the 25-man squad. Both Jack Colback and Jamie Sterry will have just 6 months left of their contracts while Henri Saivet will still have another 18 months on his.
Jack Colback has been reluctant to move instead wishing to see what January brings at Newcastle. His hopes of playing for his hometown club must be dashed at this point as there seems just no way he will get back into the team when the squad is re-registered in January.
He still may opt to stay and collect his massive wages but a full year away from first-team football will not be a good option for him. There should be Championship sides willing to take Jack on loan in the winter window who can pay a part of his wages. That would likely be the best option for Colback.
The same should hold true for Jamie Sterry and Henri Saivet. Sterry likely could move to a League One side to see out his contract and then move on a free in the summer. The local lad just hasn’t made the grade at Newcastle despite his reverence for the club.
Henri Saivet is a little different since he his contract runs until 2021. He will likely have to find a loan move abroad this winter. Unless he is willing to take a significant wage cut, he is likely to still be on the books this summer. It would be ideal to sell Saivet permanently in January but that has proven to be a difficult obstacle to hurdle over the past few years.
It is of paramount importance that these players find moves in January for their benefit as well as Newcastle’s. Even if there is little activity in regard to incomings, we expect there to be a lot of movement out of the club in January.