This summer is set to be a summer of change for Newcastle United.

Not only are the magpies in desperate need of a new manager but there will also be a significant number of new players needed.

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Newcastle have seven players out of contract at the end of June;

Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor, Jak Alnwick, Remie Streete and Adam Campbell have all been told they won’t have theirs renewed, whilst the loan of Facundo Ferreyra will also come to an end.

Sammy Ameobi has been offered a new contract but has yet to commit.

Davide Santon has apparently triggered a clause in his loan agreement at Inter Milan.  After having played at least ten games the deal will now become permanent for around £2.8 million. This decision to sell was supposedly made due to the fact that Santon’s contract was due to expire at the end of next season.

With those seven players out of the door, Newcastle are left with 36 contracted players.

Eleven of those, as was the case with Santon, are out of contract at the end of next season:

Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Rob Elliot, Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Kevin Mbabu & Alex Gilliead.

It seems unlikely that any of them will be offered new contracts, so Mike Ashley will undoubtedly try to unload many of them while they still have some value.

That would leave the toon with the following 25 players (HG = Qualify as homegrown):

GK: Tim Krul (HG)

GK: Karl Darlow (HG)

GK: Freddie Woodman (HG)

DF: Daryl Janmaat

DF: Paul Dummett (HG)

DF: Massadio Haidara

DF: Jamaal Lascelles (HG)

DF: Curtis Good

DF: Lubomir Satka

MF: Moussa Sissoko

MF: Siem De Jong

MF: Remy Cabella

MF: Cheick Tiote

MF: Jack Colback  (HG)

MF: Vurnon Anita

MF: Gael Bigirimana (HG)

MF: Rolando Aarons (HG)

MF: Olivier Kemen

MF: Callum Roberts (HG)

MF: Yoan Gouffran

MF: Sammy Ameobi

CF: Papiss Cisse

CF: Ayoze Perez

CF: Emmanuel Rivière

CF: Adam Armstrong (HG)

That means we could see around eighteen players leave Newcastle United this summer, possibly even more. Taking those players out of an already poor squad is going to have a huge impact, especially in defence, with Coloccini, Williamson, S.Taylor and Santon all likely/possibilities to be gone.

Several of the players who remain are also being linked with moves away.

Cheick Tiote, Emmanuel Rivière, Yoan Gouffran and Gael Bigirimana have hardly set the world alight in recent times, prompting speculation that they too could be out of the door.

There will no doubt be ‘bigger and better’ teams interested in Newcastle’s few prized assets; Krul, Janmaat, Sissoko, Cabella, Cisse and Ayoze Perez simply have to be retained, otherwise the Newcastle hierarchy will find themselves needing to go out and buy an entire squad!

Another thing to remember is that players such as Darlow, Woodman, Lascelles, Good, Aarons, Kemen, Roberts and Armstrong are largely untested at the top level.

All of this equates to a whole heap of trouble, if the club doesn’t invest in at least ten quality players they could find themselves in a very difficult situation.

  • badgertoon

    I would have Tiote out of the door in a crack and Abeid should be playing not sat on the bench losing match sharpness.Not rocket science for the management team…take a look a the five game run and the players that delivered..get them in Aarons ,  Abeid…For starters

  • RichGibb

    We need six that are top eight quality and can be considered starters –

    2x Centre backs
    2x Forwards
    1x Central Midfielder
    1x Winger

    Then we need another 2-4 that can come in and add more depth to the squa. One of which should probably be a full back.
    So that’s up to ten new players. Then the likes of Armstrong, Kemen, Good, and probably Lascelles, all need to go out on loan to pick up game time. Home Grown players will be a problem too i think.

  • Wallsendstu

    Look what happened at QPR a couple of seasons ago they had a huge influx of players and went down. It is no good getting rid of everyone all at once it needs to be done over two or three transfer windows. We need to add to the squad some quality as RichGibb suggested six good quality signings in those positions proven players not development squad standard. With the addition of a coach who knows what he is doing and who can get the best out of the rest. We can then look at further improvements in January. As for Santon that deal was concluded in January so there is no way he will be back.

  • DownUnderMag

    Wallsendstu exactly, rather than steady development and improvement, we find that we are in a hole with a mass spend the only way out.  Not only is the likelihood of this slim, no matter what Ashley says when it’s season ticket sales time, as you point out – a mass influx can actually create imbalance as everyone tries to adapt and settle in together, often resulting in a side that just doesn’t click.

  • Andgeo

    8 new players needed.

  • Andgeo

    Would abeid now class as home grown? He’s been at the club a good while now.

  • Paul Patterson

    This was all so avoidable.

    Even WITH Cabaye, Carroll and Ba going, the squad wouldn’t need the major overhaul that it now requires.

    If we had gone out and signed 2-3 players EVERY summer we’d have a good squad. Instead that period of 18 months where we signed nobody (Remy on loan) has come home to roost.

    I’ve no sympathy for Ashley as being tight/prudent and negligent will see you fall flat on your face.

    We just avoided that last week.

  • magpiefifer

    Avoiding relegation this past season was a relief,BUT it shows just how much needs to be done to repair the damage inflicted by Ashley’s crass strategy(?)
    I can’t be optimistic as long as Ashley owns our club – what is really going to change?
    He hires incompetent yes-men and doesn’t see continuous development of the squad as a necessity if he can stay in the PL on a minmum outlay in the transfer market.
    Leopard Ashley isn’t going to change his spots – the bottom line on his balance sheet will always be king!

  • magpie9

    For all those expecting changes for the good of the club & not for the bank balance of Ashley remember these promises, 1 I have bought the club to win trophies & have fun,  2  I will invest 20 mil of my own money every year, 3  K.K. will be manager & have say on players(I admit he didnt say he would listen) 4  The club is for sale & we have 5 accepted offers,  5  Carroll is not for sale,  6  All of Carroll money will be invested in new players,  7  We will have 3 new players by end of week, 8  Cabaye is not for sale  9  Cant compete with Saints or Swansea 10 We have over 80 applicants for manager. I am sure many of you can remember many more gems that the club & its puppets have put out so the latest load from the fat man himself can be added to the list.