Two players who are quickly running down the time on their current deals are Federico Fernandez and Javier Manquillo. Both players have come in from the cold to provide Newcastle with a spark when called upon.
Fernandez filled in for the injured Fabian Schar and has since kept his place in the squad despite Schar’s availability.
Similarly, Javier Manquillo came in for DeAndre Yedlin in the draw against Manchester City and has been outstanding in his three starts over the past few weeks.
The club have decisions to make on both players next month as their contracts expire in the summer. With just 6 months left on their deals, they will be free to speak to clubs on the continent in January for a free agent move this summer.
The Northern Echo are reporting that Fernandez is keen to extend his stay on Tyneside.
This is what the Argentine has said about his preference to remain a Magpie:
“Would I like to stay longer? Yes, it’s a great club. But, of course, we need to talk in January. We will see what the club thinks about it.
“We will sit at the table and see what the options are. I haven’t spoken yet. I focus on playing on the team. It’s December so we have time.
“I am focused, and when you play and play well, and the team plays well, everything is easier. We will see what is going on in the next two months.”
The issue with Fernandez is that he will turn 31 in February. He faces a very similar situation to the one Mohammed Diame faced last season. The club would only offer Mo a one-year extension, and that was just not something he would consider.
It would likely take at the very least a two-year deal to keep Fernandez at Newcastle. Though, he could probably find a longer deal by moving on a free this summer. It will be fascinating to what transpires with Fede over the next few months.
Javier Manquillo is in a slightly different boat as he’s just 25. However, he’s only recently come back into the team after not even making the bench for the six matches before his return against Manchester City.
Like Fernandez, Manquillo is yet to enter into any negotiations with Newcastle for an extension. We expect Manquillo to keep his place in the team over the next few weeks. So a lot could depend on if he can find the consistency that has alluded him in his Newcastle career thus far.
He seems better suited as a wing-back than a full-back in a back four. So maybe, Javier can continue to excel over the next few months and win himself a new deal.