There is already much talk of which Newcastle players will or won’t be at St James Park next season, with much of that discussion depending on whether it is Premier League or Championship football.
However, I think that there are 10 players who are nailed on to be still at Newcastle, no matter what happens in the remaining eight games.
So whether it is the Premier League, or especially the Championship, I see the following 10 Newcastle players making up a significant chunk of the first team squad.
Fabricio Coloccini (1 year)
Paul Dummett (1 year)
Massadio Haidara (2 years)
Sammy Ameobi (1 year)
Yoan Gouffran (1 year)
Emmanuel Riviere (3 years)
Vurnon Anita (1 year)
Henri Saivet (5 years)
Papiss Cisse (1 year)
Cheick Tiote (1 year)
As you can see, seven of the 10 will have only one year left on their contracts and I just can’t seen anybody ready and willing to match the wages that the likes of Coloccini, Cisse, Gouffran, Riviere, Anita and Tiote are on.
This is especially the case if most realistically you are looking at clubs in countries such as Argentina, France and Holland as the most likely destinations for them.
Last time United were relegated, Newcastle were given a helping hand thanks to the likes of Barton, Nolan, Smith, Enrique, Coloccini and Gutierrez having been given such lucrative contracts, nobody was interested in offering similar deals.
The net result being that those players proved far too good for the Championship.
However, with the 10 listed above, and no doubt others that would prove impossible to shift if Newcastle were relegated, I really fear for United next season if those are the type of Newcastle players/characters we are relying on to get us back into the Premier League.