So many Newcastle players, so many uncertain futures this summer.

Alan Shearer has led those who have stated the obvious – that Newcastle United can’t be ‘loyal’ to every player who has contributed to this season’s promotion.

That some of this year’s first eleven/squad will be also first choice next season, some will drop back in the pecking order, whilst others will leave.

Which players are destined for which category?

Here is my guesstimate on 10 of those Newcastle Players:

Yoan Gouffran – Will be thanked for his contribution this season but no new contract in the summer and au revoir.

Vurnon Anita – Will be offered a short-term contract (one or two years) but in balance as to him staying, as will be squad player with no guarantee of games and may then well be looking for three or four year contract elsewhere.

Jesus Gamez – Kept on for second and final year of his contract as experienced defensive cover.

Daryl Murphy – See Jesus Gamez.

Aleksandar Mitrovic – Newcastle will attempt to sell him but reality is that more likely he will leave on a year’s loan (to a club on the continent) with a trigger clause for permanent transfer if move is successful and certain number of games played.

Christian Atsu – He may have scored his fourth Championship goal of the season but the Preston match was only his 13th league start of the season and very difficult to see he has a future at Newcastle in the Premier League with a fee having to be paid. Monday night, like most of his recent appearances, didn’t suggest a player busting a gut to show he deserves a place at the club next season.

Karl Darlow – It may have been only one game but for Rafa Benitez to change keepers on the night promotion was achieved…that was massive. Despite Darlow doing well in the Premier League at the end of last season he preferred an untried foreign keeper to start the season. Even though Karl Darlow has been very good this season overall, it looks as though occasional lapses of concentration/focus have cost him in Rafa’s eyes – I see the former Forest keeper being sold in the summer and Elliot or Krul (or new signing) to be number one.

Paul Dummett – One of the success stories of the season. Showed himself a very solid option at Championship level and both Rafa and the player himself will be happy for the Geordie defender to be part of next season’s first team squad, though not first choice.

Ayoze Perez – He could be on the cusp. As in…because you can’t realistically change more than a certain number of players in your squad, it may well depend on which signings Rafa Benitez can attract AND who he gets decent money offered for. Perez and Diame have shared that number 10 position and neither have convinced in it at second tier level so difficult/impossible to see either being first choice in the Premier League next season.  I think most likely outcome is one will leave and the other stay as a back-up player.

Chancel Mbemba – Arguably Newcastle’s second most talented centre-back (after Ciaran Clark) but clearly has no future at Newcastle United, unless something disastrous happens and Ashley forces the United boss out. Clearly something has gone on behind the scenes and the fact Rafa left Mbemba out once again and preferred once again the terrible idea of partnering the very slow Lascelles with the even slower Hanley at Ipswich, says it all. Must be a certainty to be sold and all but sure for it to be a club on the continent – a possibility to go on and have a stellar career elsewhere.

Rafa Benitez? – I know what we all hope for but that depends on Mike Ashley treating him right.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])



  • DubaiExpat

    Clark, Gayle, Shelvey, Ritchie. Other than that I think anybody else could conceivably go.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Hayden

      • Lord

        Yedlin

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          Yip

    • Geordiegiants

      Dummet

  • Wor Monga

    I’d pretty much agree with you on them…except for Darlow who has proved very capable this season considering he is still very much in the process of learning, and will almost certainly be kept on…whereas Krul entering into his last season, and still not 100% right or had an extension offer must be on dodgy ground…

    …If the right money can be found for Mitro and Mbemba they will be sold…Mbemba is capable on the deck, but he played all last season in a central defence that was totally pathetic coping with high crosses into the area…strangely enough every time he played this season we had the same failings…yet with Clark playing it wasn’t a problem!!!

    • mentalman

      He’ll eventually be moved in to midfield, whether its at NUFC or a new club

  • Mayor Vaughn

    Mitrovic, Mbemba, Gouffran, Sels, Hanley, Anita, Colback, sell or release.
    Atsu back to Chelsea unless he is a bargain.
    I reckon we could make 20-25 million just on those few.
    Get in for Trippier, Cairney, Chris Wood

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      I think Chelsea want £3m for him, if that`s the case buy him it`s peanuts in comparison with the prices bandied about

    • Lord

      Getting rid of both Atsu and Gouffran would leave us with sicknote Aarons and probably need two buys for that position (or to cover Ritchie moving over).

      Atsu seems a better punt for the future as stand-in and buying a first choice left sided becomes a priority. I’ve heard there’s a guy called Thauvin doing quite well in France this season.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Anita should be released, he`s not even good enough for the bench in the Prem,
    Rafa will keep his blue eyed boy Lascelles but he`ll not last a season in the Prem

    we should give Colback, Gouffran & Diame to the Scum down the road, this will ensure they won`t be back up anytime soon.
    My keepers would be Tim, Rob & Karl, but he`ll sell one

  • wowski13

    Darlow is better than Elliot, would have been 4-0 last night with Darlow in goal.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i thought it was bad crack last night to drop the lad for what was the promotion game after playing all season

      • Lord

        Agree. And I think getting rid of a young decent English goalkeeper could be a big mistake. How’s Fraser Forster doing these days?

        • mentalman

          I think it was more a case of keeping Elliot included rather than dropping Darlow

          • wowski13

            Maybe but an odd game to do it in. Darlow had a stinker kicking the ball at Ipswich (he was continually slipping over, as were a few players) but his only other black mark this season has been some mis-communication with defenders (Clark v QPR and Dummett v Bristol spring to mind). I look at Stockdale who won “keeper of the season” and I don’t think he’s any better than Darlow. Elliot has some great reaction saves but his positioning is terrible and he really should have done better with their goal last night.

          • Salty

            I agree, after a long time out i think it was an example of Rafa’s excellent man-management to include Rob, doubt Darlow was offended at all

  • 1957

    It is a worse case scenario for me if Perez is moved on and SloMo is kept.

  • Cuh736

    Thanks for your opinion. I beg to differ though. And I strongly advice that we at least was till the season runs out before slating players

  • Alex

    Sell Dummet, Hanley, Colback, Diame, Sels, dont extend Gouffran’s contract

    Sign Luke Shaw, Michael Keane, Tom Cairney, Townsend and a number 10.

    Youri Tielemans would be a sick big money (20 mil at least) statement signing but quite unikely (ex teammates wtih mitro and mbemba tho).

    Probably need another striker as well with Gayle not being the same after his injury and never proving himself in prem, Murphy likely used as cover and Mitro not fully formed as a player yet. If Man U choose not to extend Zlatans contract because of his injury i reckon we should use Rafa’s charm to swoop in and offer a contract. Well unrealistic though haha