Five first team Newcastle players are intent on leaving St. James’ Park, even if United survive this Sunday.
Whilst Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Sammy Ameobi are all out of contract at the end of the season, and there are a host of others who pretty much every fan would drive to the airport themselves, five key first team players are also reported to be packing their bags as we speak.
The agents of Papiss Cisse, Cheick Tiote and Moussa Sissoko are all actively looking for new clubs for their clients, according to The Telegraph.
In addition, the newspaper reports that they have been told that Dutch international pair, Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul, are also now considering leaving as the football club collapses around them.
Whilst all five can be quite rightfully accused of poor form and/or indiscipline this season, if you take these players out of the first team squad then you aren’t left with an awful lot, such has been the dismantling of the squad by Mike Ashley.
The five named by The Telegraph are also the only real internationals still remaining at the club, with Cabella’s shocking form ensuring he’s been ignored by France after a brief flirtation and the likes of Coloccini with his international days well behind him.
The idea of replacing quality/international players such as Carroll, Cabaye, Ba, Forster and Debuchy with generally cheap/budget/unproven players has been disastrous, with even the odd success such as Janmaat very unlikely to stick around due to what he sees around him – on and off the pitch.