Former Newcastle star Robbie Elliott is now retired from playing but the Geordie remains a lifelong fan of the club.

Looking at the Newcastle squad now, the one time left-back and occasional centre-back, has named three players that Newcastle need to keep this summer.

Robbie Elliott speaking to Perform:

“Ayoze Perez is obviously a handful and he is one who hopefully we can keep hold of, because being young I am sure there will be people looking at him and seeing how well he has done.

“There are three or four players who I think have had a good season and it is a risk for most clubs, never mind Newcastle.

Better clubs are going to be after the better players:

“I think Jack Colback has done well and on his day, Moussaa Sissoko is one of the best players at the club,

“Better players are going to be wanted by better clubs that are challenging for trophies, players want that. It is only natural that if clubs like that come along then players are going to want to listen.”

Each season Newcastle face the same stress each transfer window, with the days of spending your summer eagerly wondering who might come in, replaced by relief when the window closes.

Colback, Sissoko and Perez are undeniably three of Newcastle’s biggest assets and if you add Daryl Janmaat, Tim Krul, Remy Cabella and a hopefully fully fit again Papiss Cisse, you have the core group of players that United have to hang onto.

Whilst having players on long contracts can help to generate a bigger transfer fee, the only way to keep your best players is by showing them that their club is being ambitious.

If Newcastle can add three or four real quality players to the seven named above then we could have the makings of a decent team but losing two or more of that core group, will make next season a massive uphill struggle.

In quotes we used yesterday, Robbie Elliott said that he thought a clean break was essential with a new manager coming in this summer, rather than Mike Ashley taking the ‘easy’ route by keeping John Carver.