Despite what is expected to be a limited transfer budget, this could be a very busy summer at Newcastle United. There could be a number of incomings, outgoings, and loan moves at both the senior and youth level.
Newcastle are expected to announce their retained list soon. If a recent list published by the Premier League is anything to go by, the NUFC careers of Andy Carroll, Christian Atsu, and Henri Saivet will soon be over.
The club already announced a number of departures at the Academy level which included Yannick Toure, Owen Bailey, Kyle Scott, and Ludwig Francillette among others. The hope is the ranks will be replenished with some new youth prospects this summer.
The start of pre-season will see a number of players on loan last season return in Freddie Woodman, Florian Lejeune, Yoshinori Muto. The trio along with Dwight Gayle could be prime candidates to raise additional funds this season. Though, selling Woodman this summer may not sit well with Newcastle fans.
Kelland Watts and Elias Sorensen will also return from their respective loan spells. Watts likely needs more seasoning before being handed a chance in the first team. A loan to the Championship after his solid performances with Plymouth in League One could be the best path forward for the local lad.
Elias Sorensen’s future prospects at Newcastle have only grown dimmer after his loan spell with Almere City in the Dutch second division. The Dane signed a 3 1/2 year deal in January 2019 but hasn’t progressed into the first-team player Newcastle had hoped.
He’ll be 22 in September and in a perfect world would be a candidate to backup Callum Wilson for this upcoming season. Unfortunately, Sorensen is nowhere near impacting the senior side and his future likely lies elsewhere.
Sorensen’s slide highlights the necessity of finding the right path forward for promising prospects. Newcastle have a couple in Elliot Anderson and Rodrigo Vilca who are candidates for loan spells next season.
The Chronicle claims that both Anderson and Vilca are in demand. Anderson is wanted by a number of Championship clubs including Luton Town, who were after the 18-year-old in January.
A meeting is planned to decide the best option for Rodrigo Vilca’s future. He, like Watts, may not be ready for the Premier League just yet. He also could have plenty of options with clubs in the Netherlands and Belgium as well as League One and the Championship interested in his services.
These are very important decisions that Newcastle must get right. Anderson needs to be playing regularly for his development, though he also may be good enough to remain at Newcastle if he could get the requisite playing time.
Vilca, at 22, needs a full season of first-team football. That is not going to happen at Newcastle so a loan move is likely the best option for the Peruvian playmaker.