The Newcastle United team listed below is one that can be sold this summer, dispensing with a lot of players who need to be moved on and at the same time funding the players Rafa Benitez desperately needs to bring in.
A lot of players in this Newcastle United team have hung around for far too long and it has become a definite negative for the club and possibly for the players themselves, apart from banking a lot of money for very little return.
Some/most of the selections will be generally agreed upon, although a few of them may still have their supporters….
The bottom line for though, is that the departure of most of these players wouldn’t affect the first team quality at all, plus by my calculations would raise around £61m in transfer fees and a massive saving in wages.
All that would then strengthen Rafa’s hand as he wheels and deals.
The Newcastle United team I would sell and my estimated transfer fees:
£6m Tim Krul
£8m Daryl Janmaat
£0m Fabricio Coloccini
£0m Massadio Haidara
£2m Vurnon Anita
£15m Moussa Sissoko
£2m Cheick Tiote
£2m Siem de Jong
£18m Gini Wijnaldum
£6m Florian Thauvin
£2m Papiss Cisse
I think Tim Krul’s natural place at best is now a bottom half of the Premier League club or one of the better clubs as a number two, I think United could still bank around £6m and with only a year left on his contract NUFC need to do something. Darlow and Elliot have arguably shown better form than the Dutchman in recent seasons.
Janmaat, Wijnaldum and Sissoko all have decent ability but suspect character and clearly none of the trio want to stay.
The £41m I reckon they would raise, will form the biggest part of Rafa Benitez’ transfer budget.
Tiote and Cisse also have only a year to go on their contracts and whilst the Ivory Coast midfielder did alright in a couple of end of season matches, getting their wages and a few quid in from transfer fees would allow better suited and more mobile players to be brought in for this upcoming 46 game season.
Florian Thauvin is an obvious case of a player where Newcastle need to urgently cut their losses and get whatever they can for him, otherwise I see him being a long-term drain on club resources with United never able to shift him due to the wages he is on, unless they massively compromise on his fee. If we are lucky Newcastle might get back half the £12m+ that he cost a year ago.
For Haidara, de Jong and Coloccini it is clear to me that they have no use at Newcastle next season or beyond, not up to the job and all injury prone, they need to be moved on – even if it is for nothing.
Best chance of getting a little back on Siem de Jong would probably be an initial loan with a permanent deal guaranteed if he manages to stay fit enough to play a few matches.
Vurnon Anita is yet another with only a year on his contract remaining and a big earner who needs to be moved on. He did ok in a few games at right-back at the rear end of last season but I think Newcastle should this summer be targeting the very best young defenders in the Championship and/or loan deals from Premier League clubs – in preparation for both this coming season and fingers crossed, a Premier League return in August 2017.
I have only named players that other clubs could be remotely interested in, so it goes without saying sadly that we are stuck with the likes of Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet and Yoan Gouffran as a drain on resources next season.
The trading above would leave us with a core squad looking like this, in anticipation of seven or eight signings (loan and permanent) who would then combine and raise the quality to better than we currently have now.
A new squad full of younger and more mobile players who will be more than a match for the Championship.
Goalkeepers:Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow, Freddie Woodman
Defenders: Chancel Mbemba, Jamaal Lascelles, Kevin Mbabu, Paul Dummett, Curtis Good
Midfield: Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend, Rolando Aarons, Jack Colback
Strikers: Adam Armstrong, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ivan Toney