After Newcastle’s flurry of transfer activity at the start of last week, the focus has shifted to offloading a handful of fringe players. If successful, it could open the door to strengthen this squad even more, which is likely the end game for Steve Bruce.
Newcastle have already sent Florian Lejeune to Alaves for a season-long loan. Yoshinori Muto is reportedly very close to doing the same with Eibar. The 28-year-old is due to complete the move in the next 24-hours per Keith Downie, with Sky Sports.
Eibar have agreed a season-long loan deal for Newcastle striker Yoshinori Muto. The Japan international will travel to Spain in the next 24 hours #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) September 14, 2020
During his press conference for Blackburn this morning, Steve Bruce mentioned the move for Muto. He also stated that both Henri Saivet and Christian Atsu needed to find new clubs as well.
There is speculation that DeAndre Yedlin, Jacob Murphy, and Dan Barlaser could also be moved on to make way for new additions. Both Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar were not handed squad numbers and recently rejected pay-outs but their days at Newcastle are numbered.
Below is the squad Bruce could have in mind as it leaves room for a couple more additions. Matty Longstaff will not take up a place since he’s just 20.
Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow, Mark Gillespie
Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar, Emil Krafth, Javier Manquillo, Paul Dummett, Jamal Lewis
Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jeff Hendrick, Sean Longstaff, Matty Longstaff*
Callum Wilson, Andy Carroll, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie
If Bruce names these 23 players that leaves room for two more additions before the window closes in October. We expect one of those to be another striker and possibly a versatile defender.
However, Bruce will have to be successful in offloading Saivet, Atsu, and Yedlin. We suspect that Murphy and Barlaser will be easy to move out on loan.
If he can’t clear all of these players, there’s still the option of leaving Dwight Gayle out as he won’t be available for four months. He could then be added in January once fit and whoever didn’t get moved could then be shifted.
Bruce appears to be working to clear all of the dead weight this window. If he is successful while bringing in two more players, even on loan, that would be an outstanding accomplishment. This would truly be a window where he stamped his authority on the squad.