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Newcastle United considering paying off unwanted players in January – Report

2 months ago
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A number of Newcastle United players went out on loan in the summer.

Young players such as Freddie Woodman, Elias Sorensen, Dan Barlaser and others.

As well as those younger players, unwanted first team squad players also went out on a temporary basis, the likes of Achraf Lazaar, Rolando Aarons, Jacob Murphy.

However, for whatever reason, they failed to get the likes of Jack Colback, Henri Saivet and Jamie Sterry out on loan, meaning they have still been picking up their Newcastle United wages despite not being able to play in the Premier League, as only 25 players can be named.

The club paying the price for Mike Ashley’s daft contract policy of giving¬† ridiculously long deals for poor to average players.

Jack Colback has just over six months to run of his six year contract, Achraf Lazaar 18 months of his five year deal, Henri Saivet 18 months of his five and a half year deal, Rolando Aarons 18 months of his five and a half year contract etc etc.

Now a report from The Telegraph says that Mike Ashley is considering paying off some of the unwanted players who the club have no chance of selling, in order to help make room for potential January signings.

The two unwanted player named as prime candidates are Jack Colback and Henri Saivet.

There is a precedent for this under Mike Ashley as he backed Rafa Benitez and paid off both Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan a couple of months early back in 2016 in order to get them out of the club. Another two players given overly long contracts by Mike Ashley and paid for doing nothing most of the time they were at St James Park during their five year contracts.

Luke Edwards of The Telegraph, who is close to Steve Bruce, says that despite the NUFC Head Coach playing down the possibility of needing/wanting January signings, Bruce is planning on bringing in at least one new signing next month with both midfielders and attacking players wanted, according to Edwards.

Never an ideal situation having unwanted players sticking around, especially when both Colback and Saivet are reported to be on £40,000+ a week.

Colback hasn’t played a single minute in the Premier League since promotion two and a half years ago, whilst Saivet played in the 3-2 win at West Ham in December 2017 when there were numerous injuries.

Whilst Newcastle are riding their luck at the moment and picking up a decent amount of luck, they are doing so with minimal creativity and goal threat up front, with very few chance created, so no surprise Steve Bruce wants more quality in the attacking half.

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