On Friday, the Premier League released clubs’ departure lists. Newcastle had three senior players on that list in Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, and Henri Saivet. Atsu had already sent his farewells while Newcastle had been trying to offload Saivet unsuccessfully for years.
Without an official announcement, this list isn’t conclusive. However, it’s an unceremonious way for Andy Carroll’s potential departure to become public. It could be a situation where some communication lines have been crossed but Carroll and Newcastle fans deserved better and hopefully, the club will make amends with a more fitting announcement soon.
In the end, none of those three Magpies leaving is much of a surprise. What could be most illuminating is the names not on the list. Both Federico Fernandez and Dwight Gayle are in the final weeks of their contracts and could be free agents by July 1st.
The Chronicle is reporting that Gayle has been handed a new three-year contract which will be announced shortly. While this was initially reported earlier in the year, it had gone quiet recently but Mark Douglas reckons it will be announced soon. The Chronicle also reports that Fede Fernandez is very keen to stay on Tyneside and could also get a new deal.
However, despite Gayle getting an extension, he still may not be a Magpie at the start of next season. In Mark Douglas’s report, he claims Newcastle see the striker as one of their most saleable assets due to his goalscoring prowess in the Championship.
So Newcastle could be inking Dwight to a new deal only to sell him shortly after. Fulham is reportedly very keen on signing him as they hope to bounce back into the Premier League once again.
The other players Bruce could look to offload are Freddie Woodman, Florian Lejeune, and Yoshinori Muto. All three were out on loan last season with varying degrees of success. Both Lejeune and Muto are entering the final year of their contracts and won’t fetch much in the transfer market.
Freddie Woodman still has two years left on the contract he signed last summer. He could command a decent fee both this summer and possibly in the future. Newcastle would almost certainly add a sell-on clause in any deal for the 24-year-old much like the ones inserted when Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong were sold.
If Newcastle do end up cashing in on Woodman, that could be a decision that lacks foresight. He’s got the potential to be our number one for a decade in the very near future. So if he does leave, hopefully, it will be for a significant amount of money.
As for Gayle, if Newcastle are able to sell him and Carroll also departs, the need for another striker becomes paramount. Gayle could bring in a decent fee though nothing like the £12-15m he would have commanded a few summers ago.