While we still wait to see the first new player of the summer agree terms with Newcastle, a clearout of the best paid players at St James Park has/is producing a massive opportunity.

Looking back at the players who have left Tyneside, there has been a definite pattern of shifting the best paid players off the books.

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Below I have listed what I believe are the 16 best paid players to play for Newcastle in the last 18 months.

Using a combination of transfer fees paid by Newcastle, the profile of each player, press reports and simple common sense, I have listed them in the order of highest paid at the top (Loic Remy) and then working down through Coloccini and the rest.

The players in bold are the ones who have left NUFC:

Loic Remy

Fabricio Coloccini

Yohan Cabaye

Remy Cabella

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Cheick Tiote

Hatem Ben Arfa

Moussa Sissoko

Mathieu Debuchy

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Jonas Gutierrez

Siem de Jong

Luuk de Jong

Daryl Janmaat

Davide Santon

Jack Colback

Vurnon Anita

Tim Krul

As you can see, 8 of the 16 listed are no longer still at Newcastle, including loan players Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong.

Of the other eight on this best paid players list, there are major doubts as to whether players such as Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko and Cheick Tiote will still be at the club in September.

If two or more of those remaining eight also left this summer, it would leave the club with a seriously lower wage bill than they had not so long ago.

Looking at last season, a host of lower paid players took up the slack, to greater or lesser degrees, that list including:

Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Paul Dummett, Jak Alnwick, Adam Armstrong, Rob Elliot, Sammy Ameobi, Ayoze Perez, Massadio Haidara,Rolando Aarons and Gabriel Obertan.

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I see this now going one of two ways.

Either Mike Ashley sees this as a great opportunity to move the squad forward once again, using the departure of so many big earners and a low overall transfer spend in recent seasons, to then move some proven well paid signings into the squad to significantly raise the quality and experience.

Or….he sees it as a chance to take/keep this wage bill as low as he possibly can and this summer generally sign players on relatively low transfer fees and wages, almost certainly from abroad and/or the Championship, then yet again use young/average players who are already at St James Park to take up the slack.

One approach should mean the rebuilding of the squad making significant progress, whilst the second option will almost certainly leave the owner yet again gambling with the relegation zone.

What I am convinced of is that the opportunity is definitely there, it just has to be grasped.

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  • Paul Patterson

    My problem is, what is Ashleys agenda?
    Why scrimp and save and cut the spending to the bare minimum?
    A man worth £2bn who won’t spend £50m, of money given to him by a tv company, outside of his personal fortune, to enhance/better this club?
    Greedy tight arse springs to mind . .

  • Phildene

    @Paul Patterson. He’s worth more than any £2bn, more like nigh on £5bn and yes, he’ll scrimp and saved and spend the bare minimum as it’s all going into SD/Mash Holdings. Nufc lost its identity 8 years ago becoming nothing more than an advertising cash cow, which is downright sacrelidge

  • amacdee

    Paul Patterson “Greedy tight arse springs to mind . ” or maybe Fat, Balding, Middle  Aged R’shole springs equally to mind ?

    As you say the TV money (£75m) paid off the overheads so where’s the money in the bank going, or the profit from last season or the profit from the season before or…….

  • Jimmywayhay

    Look just forget about it and get on with your lives ,unless your a billionaire willing to buy the club ,this thread goes round and round in never ending circles .Find something else to do ,than get annoyed at the shite served up by Ashley’s second raters and more frustrated at idol promises that things are going to change ,it would take 100 million to break into the top eight with the dross we have at the minute!

  • Paul Patterson

    Which highlights my point, what is his agenda?
    Why shaft the club and piss off thousands of people?
    The man needs help . .

  • Alsteads

    Tiote is finished. Next you’ll hear him whining he can’t fill his fridge.
    I just hope there is a faint chance he reads this and it snaps him out of what he has become. I genuinely think he is finished. His attitude, everything is all wrong. Who would take him now?

  • GToon

    2 days to go until season ticket deadline day. How exciting. I’ve had my email today reminding me of the great opportunity I could take advantage of. I didn’t send an offensive reply as the person who would see it doesn’t deserve that. Suffice it to say I will be spending the money on something else. With regard to this article, it’s an interesting read but I think it’s a lot more simplistic than that. Basically if Ashley can make a profit he will sell it. If he could sell us and replace us with cheaper fans then he would. He has no game plan, no continued investment. He sells things and stores money. End of. And then he tries to store more money. I wonder when he will have enough. Like most of us I have thought about winning the lottery and how great it would be to win a million. What exactly is his “figure”? A billion, 5 billion or what. I just dont understand greed on the scale shown by him.

  • Andgeo

    It just gives ashley more money!

  • Andgeo

    Spot on!

  • Andgeo

    One way or another it is all going In his pocket. Every penny you spend at Sports direct or on NUFC goes into his pocket! You couldn’t say any of it goes on football because what we have been watching for the past few years has been insulting to the game!!

  • DownUnderMag

    Cisse will be sold as his contract is coming up for renewal and he is looking for one last payday which Ashley won’t give him so best cash in while we can.  Sissoko will be kept because he is our only decent midfielder and he is keen to stay somewhere that he is guaranteed first team football to secure his national team place. Tiote, who knows…last season he looked lost, a shadow of his former self, but perhaps having worked with McClaren before he will have new life and be the beast we all know he can be (without so much of the liability).  Krul is a strange one, I can’t see anyone paying what Ashley would want and I think he needs a good run of form…obviously would be good to have some good defenders in front of him for that to happen.  Interesting to see who does end up going certainly.

  • 1957

    Your chances of winning the lottery will soon be closer to those for the club winning something with chances of a jackpot going from 1 in 14 million to 1 in 45 million.

  • LeonidasSpartiate

    guys what do you think of Abeid ?