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.