Despite all that has been going around Newcastle United of late, I haven’t written too much about any of it. Being fair to myself, there has been a lot to process!
We’ve had to deal with the tension in the build-up to Survival Sunday, then the relief that ensued after we got ourselves out of a mess we should have never even come close to finding ourselves in.
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We have even had the shock of a certain Mike Ashley underlining his apparent winning mentality live before the Sky cameras – it’s a lot to take in!
So where do we go from here?
Newcastle United have a lot of decisions to make this Summer that they have to get spot on and for me, they’re already making mistakes.
The release of Jonas Gutierrez, the man who almost single-handedly saved the club from relegation, has been deemed not worthy of an extra year (at the least) added to his contract.
I’m not saying our side should be built around the guy from here on in, but he wanted to be a part of the club, that he has given everything to, for another year, yet we’ve sent him packing.
The neutral fan’s hatred of Newcastle United continues to grow.
Jonas was one of the few exceptions of a squad that lacked heart last season. Despite coming back from an illness that left him too weak to walk at one stage, he was even one of the better players in the team from March onwards.
He beat more defenders in the 90 minutes at home to West Brom, than Cabella managed in the entirety of the season!
A squad devoid of characters has lost two more, in Jonas and Ryan Taylor.
Again, not a fantastic player these days, but I would certainly argue that the squad would benefit from players like Ryan Taylor sticking around.
I can understand the club trying to move on players like Streete, Vuckic, Campbell and Ferguson who had promise but couldn’t quite cut it…
…but Gael Bigirimana was in the starting XI at home to Benfica in 2013, two years later he is surplus to requirements and they want him out. I can’t remember him ever putting a foot wrong during his stint on Tyneside. It’s baffling.
Sammy Ameobi has been offered a new deal, which I’m not too fussed about. In my eyes, the boy has ability, he’s shown it here and there throughout his career, but he needs to do it consistently.
For me, next year has to be his last chance to do that.
The biggest positives of the last week have been Janmaat and Sissoko pledging themselves to the club.
A clearer picture will be painted soon enough, and hopefully it’s one to draw optimism, but I am not convinced.
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