There was a surprising report earlier this week that Newcastle and Dwight Gayle had agreed to a three-year extension on reduced wages. As it stands that claim has yet to be confirmed by the club though it could prove to be a wise decision for a couple of reasons.
Despite being thirty-one and not featuring much this season, Gayle retains value as a proven Championship goalscorer. So tying him down long-term means Newcastle can cash in him rather than losing him for nothing this summer.
If Newcastle do end up in the Championship next season, chances are Callum Wilson will want to move on which leaves Gayle as a capable option in the Championship. So while it’s a surprising decision to keep Dwight on the books, there is some logic behind the decision.
There is plenty of other work to do with players out of contract in the summer beyond Gayle. Andy Carroll, Federico Fernandez, Jacob Murphy, and Fabian Schar all are on expiring contracts.
The Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle plan on triggering an option to extend Fabian Schar for another season. Newcastle also reportedly can do the same with Fernandez as well.
Next season, there will also be a few players entering the final year of their contracts. Three of which are Academy products in Paul Dummett along with the Longstaff brothers. None have featured much this season though Dummett has started the last three games at left-back after an injury-plagued past couple of seasons.
Newcastle also have two senior players out on loan in Spain’s La Liga in Florian Lejeune and Yoshinori Muto. Both will return this summer with one year left on their contracts.
The Chronicle has another report detailing Lejeune’s exploits with Alaves where he has been named as their best player of 2021 so far by the CIES Football Observatory.
It’s not gone as well for Muto, who is with Florian’s former club Eibar. The 28-year-old has just one goal in 22 La Liga appearances, though he did score two in two in the Copa del Rey.
The Chronicle reports that Muto would love to remain with Eibar though whether that feeling is mutual remains to be seen.
Newcastle have decisions to make but the uncertainty of our Premier League future is likely causing some consternation for both the club and players. So we could see a few of these contract sagas play out into the final few weeks of the season.