Newcastle have work to do to extend some of out of contract players beyond this summer. Yesterday, Steve Bruce spoke about the next few months being crucial in deciding which players will remain for next season.
While we know that efforts are being made to keep Matty Longstaff at his hometown club, there will need to be decisions made on Federico Fernandez, Javier Manquillo, Karl Darlow, and Andy Carroll.
There is also the business of trimming some of the fat at the club. We have players out on loan and still at the club who have no futures at Newcastle.
Some of them, like Jamie Sterry, Jack Colback, and Rob Elliot, will just leave when their contracts run out.
However, there are a few that still have a year remaining that will need to be moved on. Newcastle will have to do a better job this summer than the last one in accomplishing this task.
The Chronicle’s John Gibson has named five players that he says Newcastle are desperate to offload this summer.
They are Henri Saivet, Jacob Murphy, Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons, and Christian Atsu. All have another year left on their contracts with only Atsu having played a part in the first team this year.
Henri Saivet has been on the books all year but was not handed a squad number, so he was only eligible for cup ties. It is going to be very hard to find Saivet another club this summer.
Jacob Murphy, Achraf Lazaar, and Rolando Aarons have all had disappointing loan spells and should be moved on permanently. Aarons is currently on his second loan of the year at Motherwell after playing sparingly for Wycombe Wanderers.
Newcastle must redouble their efforts to find Saivet, Murphy, Lazaar, and Aarons new clubs before next season begins. Christian Atsu will also likely be surplus to requirements next season, but he has at least played games for Newcastle this season.
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