Friday morning sees reports of five Newcastle players being made available for transfer.

No real surprises and reality is that this story could have almost certainly being written in the summer, with the same list of players.

The Chronicle claim that Newcastle United will now ‘listen to offers for Henri Saivet , Mo Diame, Massadio Haidara, Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons’.

Maybe some of you would argue that Rolando Aarons is a new name but having been given only 66 minutes of Premier League action this season, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Rafa doesn’t rate him.

Newcastle have struggled for creativity all season and yet he has chosen to give Aarons no Premier League starts and much of the time not even get on the bench.

Whether the Chronicle have actually got information on this for sale list or not is irrelevant, as we would all assume that Rafa Benitez would happily shift any of these players.

In fact, you could put the list together as one of those adverts which says ‘Free to a good home if willing to collect’.

The story today has been run along the lines of Rafa willing to sell Newcastle players to boost transfer funds at his disposal but bottom line is that to shift any of these you are going to have to give them away, or else they would have left in the summer.

You might get a Championship club willing to spend a million or so in a gamble on Aarons but this would make little difference to Rafa’s buying/loaning power in January. For those of you more optimistic on Rolando Aarons still making it, the ‘youngster’ is now 22 and has started three Premier League games in his entire career so far, it isn’t happening.

When it comes to other players, I think clearly Rafa Benitez would be more than happy to shift Aleksandar Mitrovic at any price, though it wouldn’t be the case for Mike Ashley I take it, despite the striker having no future under Benitez.

Jesus Gamez is another who would surely be allowed to leave.

Two others in my opinion would be Cancel Mbemba, a player who is getting odd games but who Rafa doesn’t see as a first choice. Whilst I would guess either goalkeeper would be allowed to leave if at last the manager found a new number one that he was allowed to sign.

As always, other clubs want to sign your best players, not the ones you are desperate to be rid of.

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  • Mike Adam

    I believe Rafa is wrong about Aarons. Why is he any worse than Atsu or Murphy who the Messiah seems to rate?

    • GToon

      I think you are right Mike. Rafa seems to give some players an inexplicable amount of time in the first team (Diame, Joselu etc) but other players virtually no chance in the first team. For a manager who changes his team around a lot there seem to be a lot of players who haven’t had much of a chance. I like Aarons. I think he would do really well in a 3-5-2 system. I can see him going to Palace to replace Zaha and doing really well.

      • Paul Busby

        what are you basing this opinion on?? He’s played no football.

        Why does everyone think Aarons is better than our other wingers despite not seeing him really play a game for the last few years?

        • Mike Adam

          That is the point Paul, how does anyone, including Rafa know if he doesn’t play. What we do know is that Atsu and Murphy are not making any great contributions to the side.

          • Paul Busby

            Rafa is in training with him and can clearly see what he’s about. He does know…

          • Mike Adam

            And Rafa has been right about every player he has ever managed in his career??? I do not think so. All I hope is that Aarons, Mitro, Mbemba, and a few others get the hell out and prove him wrong. Rafa to me is simply stubborn and ego driven. If he didn’t sign the player they usually do not seem to rate in his eyes.

          • Mitros gotta start

            And even a few he does sign….gamez…lazaar…hanley…sels…

        • GToon

          I saw him v Palace a few years ago and he was really good. Got us back into the game. Then I have seen him come on at left back too and he was ok then too. Since then he has got injured as we all know but he is quite good on his day.

          • Paul Busby

            We both use the same points to form the opposite opinion.

    • Paul Busby

      I keep seeing this kind of opinion across all message board, facebook and general fan conversation. I get that when we have seen Aarons he seems like an exciting player, but we have seen so little of him, nowhere near enough to create a rounded opinion of him as a player.

      All we do know is he has spent the best part of his Newcastle career and development years on the injury table.

      • Mike Adam

        All we REALLY do know is that he is healthy now and has not been given a chance, like the Atsu’s and Murphy’s who our manager seems to rate. Maybe that is because he signed them and doesn’t like to be proven wrong. I keep seeing this kind of opinion, where players are judged without even having a legitimate chance to prove their worth to the club. That is thanks to the stubborn Messiah.

        • hetonmag

          Once again having a go at Rafa I think he’s seen a hell of a lot more of him than you or I or anyone else for that matter, thanks to the Messiahs presence we have a genuine chance of getting rid of this poisonous regime.

          • Mike Adam

            And that is a great thing! But that has nothing to do with why players like Aarons don’t even get a look, when the Atsu’s and Murphy’s of the world do almost nothing and Aarons has been given 66 Prem minutes and is not even in the squad many matches. So yes, questioning Rafa again as I and many others will continue to do!

          • hetonmag

            You’re in a minority fella but as you say everyone is aloud to question the Messiah.

          • Mike Adam

            And proud to be in it fella! At least I am not a blind sheep who agrees with every move the Messiah makes, no matter what it is. NO MANAGER IS ABOVE QUESTION.

          • hetonmag

            Clueless.

          • nufcslf

            In a result business the person in control picking the team and only producing 1 point out of 27 looks pretty clueless. I blame fatty for everything that is wrong, but being stubborn and sticking with a side that needs using all of the players available to get points is a worry.

          • Mike Adam

            It is amazing how loyal the sheep are! As soon as a free thinking fan questions any decision the God Rafa makes we are criticized by a member of the flock. Let me restate, “I believe that Benitez is wrong about Aarons.” If I am clueless for thinking that then so be it. “NO MANAGER IS ABOVE QUESTION”

    • Too much time and resources invested in a player who gets injured every 2-3 games he plays in the Prem, if he was really fit last year he would have made a huge impact in the Championship and probably a regular by now. Sadly, he as again not fit most of the time and could hardly be called upon, so it’s about time we cut our losses. Wish we bring Armstrong back as cover for Gayle/Perez, he could really be up to the challenge.

    • nufcslf

      Couldn’t agree more. There have been options for selection during this losing skid that could very well of helped pick up some much needed points and if not that at least put those players in the shop window for sale. Probably more head scratching on starting 11 starting in just a few short hours from now.

  • Rich Lawson

    There will be a que round the park for that lot on Boxing Day then ?

  • GToon

    So what difference does that make at a club that would sell any of its players anyway?

  • hetonmag

    I’m not surprised at the inclusion of Aron’s the boy holds onto the ball to long and has a habit of not lifting his head up, no surprises with the others.

    • mentalman

      two things that can easily be coached out of a young player

      • hetonmag

        I’ll give you that but on the other hand some players improve with coaching and some don’t, and for me he falls into the latter category. Time will tell on this boy but I don’t think Rafa would let a potentially good player go, anyway good luck to the lad wherever he ends up.

      • Too many injuries over the last years, not willing to invest more time in him when he is in rehab 80% of the time.

        • Mike Adam

          He is 22 and healthy this season, so what the hell do the previous seasons matter?

  • Mrkgw

    Sorry for Haidara whose career was blighted following that horror Callum Mcmanaman tackle vs Wigan. Disgrace that.

    • Jimbo Jones

      Haidara was never the same after that.

    • Same with Ben Arfa, Refs in the PREM are abysmal.

    • Geordiegiants

      Haidara looked the real deal when he first came. Then the little Dennis wise twin done him. Game over.

  • Peaky Magpie

    So if SloMo is up for sale can someone explain why the hell he’s always in the team ??

    • 1957

      Benitez selling SloMo is like Ashley selling the club, everyone would love to see it but IMO its unlikely because no one will put up enough money.

      • Peaky Magpie

        Could go down the BOGOF route I suppose and chuck in Hoss.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Lol, spot on there.

  • HarryHype59

    How many on that list will end up at EPL clubs?

    • Geordiegiants

      All

  • gallowgate26

    I think Aarons is one of our best potential players to be honest, just inconsistent and too injury prone. A shame because he has shown glimmers of talent and has a goal in him. If we get Kenedy on loan from Chelski with hopefully the option to sign, if we stay up then I think is would partly negate the loss of Aarons, makes no sense at all otherwise, might as well keep him.

    • maginyorkshire

      there is obviously something not quite there with Aarons though, have to think why Bristol got rid too

      • Albert Stubbins

        We got a certain Peter Beardsley from van couver whitecaps after being a virtual journey man prior to that. He turned out to be fairly decent. ?

        • Mitros gotta start

          Virtual journey man?
          He had 1 season at manure and 3 at carlisle…..hardly a journeyman

          • Albert Stubbins

            Two clubs that had also let him go before the age of twenty one plus a third in Vancouver. I think that describes it fairly accurately. Ps. He turned out to be our greatest ever player btw!!

          • Mitros gotta start

            Shame he cant coach as good as he played.

          • Albert Stubbins

            You’re only as good as the players you have as rafa is proving only too well!!

  • I think any player is up for sale really besides Gayle, Lascelles, Lejeune, Merino, Murphy, Atsu and Ritchie. We can do better in every other position(I wouldn’t sell Clark or Hayden, but if we can get somebody better with that money, I would)

    • Albert Stubbins

      With fat Mike in charge they’ve all got a price tag be in no doubt of that.

      • Geordiegiants

        There isn’t one single player in our ranks that is not replaceable.

        • Albert Stubbins

          What would you replace slomo with? Apart from a traffic cone perhaps!! Ha ha. Next quiz. A pie and pea supper for the best suggestion of what to replace slomo with. Ha ha

          • Mitros gotta start

            The tea lady’s corpse….more movement

          • Albert Stubbins

            Ouch. What a belter!! She wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea though!! 😂

  • Albert Stubbins

    Ten Bob for the lot of them. I’m struggling to think of a worse player at Newcastle in my thirty odd years than slo mo, no I still can’t think of one. Pie and pea supper for anyone who can give me one. Criteria , must have played at least ten games in the league!!!

    • Mike Adam

      Horselu gives him a serious run for his money!

      • Geordiegiants

        Although I agree Hoss is useless, he try’s, Slo Mo is just taking the p!ss.

        • Albert Stubbins

          I was going to say Rob MacDonald but he fluked one in against Sheffield wed away I recall so that rules him out. Can anyone even remember if slow Mo has even had a lucky assist? I can’t remember him doing anything to help the cause. He did have a decent twenty minutes spell against derby at home last season but I think it’s safe to say now that that must have been pure good fortune. Rafa has persisted with him through pride alone and it’s proved costly. Cmon someone give me a worse player for the Newcastle united cause. We all know loads of bad ones but give me one who has consistently been terrible every game?

          • Geordiegiants

            Warren Barton, he was the weakest link in the best squad we ever had. Nico papavasalou, he was poor, Tony Cunningham, Andreas Andersonn, the list is endless.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Some people genuinely rated Barton. Why I have absolutely no idea. I think jezza liked him, I may be wrong on that mind. Total pony. Tony Cunningham had quite a big reputation but was hapless. Pingel, lol. Fluked a header against Liverpool and that was his lot. What aboot Billy askew? He got torn apart on a few occasions.

          • Geordiegiants

            He was shocking Barton, I remember having many an argument with other fans in the ground every week about him. One person actually tried to set about me.

          • Albert Stubbins

            Was she a cockney? Probably his mother.

          • nufcslf

            Probably nowhere near as bad, but Ray Blackhall and Nigel Walker should never have been professional footballers.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Joselyn jumped for a goal kick when he was at least ten yards away from where the ball eventually came down against Everton. If he’d been a picture on the old spot the ball not a single punter would have been remotely close!!! Lol lol. He’s the only Newcastle forward in living memory which would spark a clamour for mitro to replace him with, ha ha, that shows how bad the useless f***** is!!😊

      • Albert Stubbins

        Yes but the fact he has scored rules him out. SloMo couldn’t even muster a tap in against Everton!!

        • Mike Adam

          Yes he is on the blazing pace of knocking one in every 378 minutes!

          • Albert Stubbins

            What’s SLO mos goals to game ratio remind me? A combative box to box midfielder was how he was marketed remember. Has he even won a tackle?

          • Geordiegiants

            Clarko will know!

          • Mike Adam

            Not sure it can be calculated, because it is SloLo, get it?

          • Albert Stubbins

            Very good, lol. You’d need a brain the size of carol vordaman to work it out in your head though, ha ha

          • Jezza

            Ha ha reminds me of when Jim “Bald Eagle” Smith signed Kevin Dillion to provide “goals from midfield”. By the the time Dillon left two years and 50 odds games later his NUFC goal tally stood at just short of the one mark. Definitely a contender to rival SloMo in my opinion.

      • Albert Stubbins

        He does but like the horse he is he’s just beaten by a nose on the line by SLO mo.

    • Geordiegiants

      I personally would go with Marcelino.

      • Wor Lass

        Nailed it! That lazy a$$hole didn`t even want to play.

        • Albert Stubbins

          By not playing he still had a more positive impact than SLO mo!! Ha ha

          • Geordiegiants

            Very true

          • Wor Lass

            You`re probably right there!

      • Albert Stubbins

        No, marcilino won a tackle v spurs so that rules him out. Close though.

      • Leazes Ender

        If that’s your bag.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Ha ha. Marcelino wouldn’t turn up anyway GG!! Lol he’d cry off with a broken toe nail or something. Ha ha

        • Geordiegiants

          Louis Vuitton?

          • Albert Stubbins

            Your lass would love one of those for Xmas!! Nee chance. Ha ha

      • scotty63

        Saw him turn out at Alnwick in some kickabout and the keeper (just a young un) spent more time bollocking the lazy b’stard than owt else. They must have kidnapped his mother to get him on the pitch up here. Absolute waste of a carcass. And Albert is wrong he never won a tackle anywhere he must have just stumbled in a fortunate manner trying to protect his fingers.

    • Phil

      Boumsong

      • Albert Stubbins

        No, boumsong won a header against villa so that rules him out.

    • gallowgate26

      I’ve got one, Amdy Faye, he made an amazing 31 league appearances for us between 2005-06 under Sourpuss and was even worse than SloMo. To be fair you were sticking your neck out with that question, some of the players we’ve had. ‘Faye signed for Premier League side Newcastle United in January 2005 for a fee of around £2million along with Jean-Alain Boumsong and Celestine Babayaro’ I would say any of those three were as bad, or worse than SloMo.

      • Geordiegiants

        No that was us Fumaca was his name. He was sold to us as a pro and he had played for the equivalent of South shield.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Lol, yes he signed a player called Ali di, was told he was George weahs cousin or something along those lines. He signed without even seeing him. Aye, Andy Faye, interesting one. Good points you’ve made there. I think there’s very little in it but I’d simply consider the fact that slomo is definitely in a worse all round team so stands out more,whereas Faye had better players around him which meant he wasn’t exposed as much so . theres very little in it to be fair. But all the same I cannot remember a good part of Slomos game, he’s had zero impact. It must be a source of acute embarrassment for Rafa having shelled out good money on a stiff.

        • gallowgate26

          Yes I agree, surely being in a worse overall team makes Diame look worse though, Faye was a passenger in a better, albeit declining team. Amdy is not be be confused with Abdoulaye Faye, also Senagalese, who was a decent defender for us a few years later. I agree that Mo Diame has been disappointing for us but he was a good player once upon a time for Wigan and West Ham. He was highly rated in Spain. Really I think it’s more a case that he is lazy/ on a final big pay day, rather than he is a bad player. I know a few Hull fans and they said the same about him, they were surprised that we signed him. For all these reasons I would credit Faye, as a WORSE player, which was your criteria, although there are doubtless others. If you said who are our laziest players, Diame, Sissoko & quiet a few others!

  • Philippines

    Strange about Aarons. He looked to have such great potential at one time.

    • Geordiegiants

      He probably still has but Rafa doesn’t like players with a bad attitude.