I have been very surprised by the number of comments from fans, regarding just how many different Newcastle players they would be happy to see leave this summer.

Last season surely showed just how little depth there was in the squad, with Rafa Benitez often having little option but to go with the same set of players.

With not a single outfield signing brought in so far, I don’t see how any player that Rafa might have any use for, could be seen as easily expendable.

I’m not talking about the obvious list of suspects.

The likes of Colback, Sels, Saivet, and others, clearly have no future at St James Park.

I don’t think anybody on this list of Newcastle players can be allowed to leave, at least not unless there is a better option already lined up AND Newcastle have also increased the number of players capable of performing in the Premier League.

Jonjo Shelvey

Jamaal Lascelles

Mohamed Diame

Florian Lejeune

Martin Dubravka

Matt Ritchie

Paul Dummett

DeAndre Yedlin

Ayoze Perez

Mikel Merino

Ciaran Clark

Dwight Gayle

There are only 12 listed there and yet I often see comments saying happy to sell Dwight Gayle, plus others saying the same about the likes of Merino and Clark.

Newcastle United need to improve both the first team AND the squad.

At the very least next season, I think we need an 18 man matchday squad, all of a certain minimum standard.

The 12 above do have that, then if you add Elliot or Darlow from the list below (or another back-up keeper to be brought in), I think we are then looking to sign the other five (outfield) players who would then give us an 18 man squad ready for next season.

These are the 14 players who I think Newcastle can comfortably sell (Mitro is a bit of a different case, as Rafa simply doesn’t see him fitting into his team, so has to be sold regardless)

Jacob Murphy, Christian Atsu, Isaac Hayden, Karl Darlow, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Rob Elliot, Rolando Aarons, Chancel Mbemba, Javier Manquillo, Joselu, Henri Saivet, Matz Sels, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback.

The reality is that not all 14 of these players will leave and indeed even with another five or more signings this summer, Rafa would still need a few of these to hang around as extra bodies, cover for the cover etc.

Newcastle carried the luck with injuries last season and it would be very fortunate if that was repeated in 2018/19.

The margins were far too tight last time and you do wonder what could have happened without loan signings Dubravka and Kenedy added in January.

Rafa built a squad with great cover for the Championship season but we are miles away from having the same for the Premier League at this moment in time.

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  • jack

    I’d still get rid of Gayle

    • nevfur

      Many would agree but Joselu would be the more popular sale first and can you see us signing three strikers of any note this summer?

      • jack

        Yeah Joselu too , and keep mitrovich and Armstrong and play them together , and sign just one goaldxoring quality striker leaving money for decent creative midfielder

  • Tino11

    At least this article is better than the last two Ashley love ins. I agree that we keep the players on that list, with Gayle only leaving if we buy 1 main striker and 1 back up, but as you’ve said, the deals must be at least agreed in principle before we sell anyone

  • HarryHype59

    Last summer window the club spent over £40m on players who weren’t good enough for the first eleven. This summer the priority must be to bring in at least two players who can score goals and add creativity. No more shirt fillers!

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Would not consider selling murphy or hadden, quality squad players, english with best years way ahead of them

  • Down Under Mag

    Under any other owner I wouldn’t be bothered who we sold as long as we used that to buy in players better or strengthened other areas of the team. Under Ashley I think we all know there would be some convoluted story about why the money isn’t available and we would end up spending a fraction of the player sold on a position we already have 4 players for because the player we got was available on the cheap and represented a chance to make a profit. I just wish we had spent money of Thauvin for rafa rather than Pardew.

    Ideal scenario is we keep all those players, add some real quality to another couple of key positions, Rafa signs a new contract and the club moves forward. Hope springs eternal…

  • nevfur

    The PL squad limit is 25 and not many will start much if any below that. As we ended last season with 24 and have since lost 3, on loan only, and released 2 taking us down to 19 and are unlikely to use any of those we had out on loan last season we already need to sign 6 players before any main squad players are sold. Given that Mbemba seems set to go that will be 7 signings needed already. I know obviously we have signed Dubravka but that will still leave 6 more signings needed just to have a PL squad. With our record of signings under Ashley it’s hard to see us getting even that many without talking about selling more who would then also need replacing. I think we will start next season with a few in our squad that many would have proposed us to sell. The only ones I would sell, beyond last years loanees, are Joselu and Manquillo although I wouldn’t sell Mitro until a quality striker is sorted.

    • Down Under Mag

      We have signed Dubravka but looks like Sels is on his way to Anderlecht on a permanent move so thats pretty much a like for like. I think if Mitro has a good World Cup we may cash in on him and use that to activate Rondon’s release clause. I can’t see us spending loads and even at Rondon’s release clause quoted price i’d be surprised if we were going to break our transfer record this summer. Let’s hope i’m proven wrong.

      • 1957

        Benitez will / wants to move on Mitrovic but Rondon isn’t an upgrade. His PL record is on a par with Mitrovic from our last PL relegation season, in 3 years he has never got to double figures. We need better not more of the same

        Rondon would simply be a more expensive version of the Hoss

        • TheNutJob

          🐴 🐴 Miro`s replacement needs to be better than Rondon
          plus we need back up as Gayle & the Hoss aren`t good enough

          • Down Under Mag

            Totally agree, but sadly I don’t think we are willing to pay the wages/fees of someone better right now. Hopefully we are planning to break the club record and sign a striker who will guarantee us 15+ goals a season. We also need more creativity from midfield but I suspect another loan for Kenedy might be better than what will be available.

          • TheNutJob

            the ronnie is reporting Chelsea would rather sell Kenedy rather than loan him out again but as we all know Jabba
            won`t pay the price

      • Ram Kishore

        I have seen Rondon play..
        More of a donkey..
        Will be another wasteful buy.. better to buy the other striker , the former Southampton guy..

      • panther

        hope we dont sign Rondon

  • Sickandtired

    Seems to me, with the last couple of articles on here supporting an Ashley valuation, as well as an an admission by the Chron of how, a) useless and uninformed its NUFC reporting is, & b) how they have to seek digital revenues from online views – that this article seems to be indicating The Mag is going the same way.

    • Ram Kishore

      The Mag has gone way below in the last year.. especially the past few days seems very bad

      • Down Under Mag

        You guys do know that besides a few staff writers, most of the articles on here are written by fans. That means YOU are also more than welcome to contribute content rather than just criticise those that do air their viewpoints.

        • Sickandtired

          I have contributed previously. I also expect that if someone provides an opinion piece then that is open to criticism from opposing opinion.
          Or do you simply agree with everything?

  • TheNutJob

    Things we won`t get off Fatty, 5 players that Rafa wants, we`ll only get Kenedy if it`s another loan deal as there`s no way he`s going to flash the cash. we need a top striker, we`ll end up with a mid range one at best & only if Mitrovich brings in a good price. i expect the income & expenditure regarding players to be on a par.
    Jabba won`t change after 10 yrs, Rafa or no Rafa.

    Jabba oot, sack the board !
    🐖 🐖

  • 1957

    Benitez for the Spain job possibly. It would tick lots of boxes, Benitez would have more time to spend with his family, he could have his pick of some of the world’s top players in his team… and Ashley can sell some players while drawing a line under the idea of investing in expensive replacements, more young bargains please Mr Charnley and a bag full of casino chips!!!

  • panther

    but ashley can