Premier League announcement on released Newcastle United players is subject to change
The Premier League have made an official announcement detailing which Newcastle United players have been released after the end of the 2020/21 season.
However, their list of released Newcastle United players arguably provides more questions than answers.
The list (see below) contains mainly players below first team level, including Florent Indalecio, who appeared to be give a contract / chance by NUFC as a favour to his friend Allan Saint-Maximin.
As expected, amongst the released Newcastle United players, there are listed Christian Atsu and Henri Saivet.
However, maybe a bit of a surprise to see Andy Carroll publicly listed, considering Newcastle United have made no official comment as yet (or perhaps I should say zero surprise, as the club don’t like communicating anything to fans, unless having no other option.
Steve Bruce has bizarrely kept hinting that Carroll could be offered a third contract (of this spell at NUFC), strange for a striker with one Premier League goal in the last 38 months and even stranger when Bruce had refused to play him this season. Named 31 times on the bench in Premier League matches, only four starts, with just the two after September 2020.
The Premier League announcement says that the 20 clubs have provided the lists of released players BUT that they actually have until 23 June 2021 to change their list, presumably adding extra released players, or deciding to retain others. Very hard to see that happening with Andy Carroll though, unless the transfer ‘ambition’ in the summer is going to be even worse than expected.
There are five other senior Newcastle United players where fans are waiting on clarity from the club on.
Various media reports have stated / claimed that Paul Dummett, Fabian Schar and Dwight Gayle are all set to stay as part of a rapidly ageing Newcastle United squad. The trio will turn 30, 30 and 32 respectively before the end of 2021, it is claimed Schar and Dummett have seen clauses activated by the club meaning they stay one more season, whilst Gayle is bizarrely claimed to have signed a new deal keeping him at St James Park until end of June 2024, when he will only be a few months off turning 35. I say bizarrely because like Carroll, Dwight Gayle has been almost totally ignored by Steve Bruce, named 23 times on the bench in the Premier League this past season and only four starts, Bruce even preferring to play with no recognised striker at times in Wilson’s absence, rather than playing Carroll and / or Gayle.
The two Newcastle United players where there is probably the most interest in their futures, are probably Federico Fernandez and Jacob Murphy.
The fact they aren’t listed in this initial released list would appear to lean towards agreement having been reached on contract extensions, or at least the intention there from Newcastle United to persuade them to do so.
Yet again though, the silence from the club means fans are left in the dark as usual.
All the more bizarre / frustrating when you consider that these five Newcastle United players (Dummett, Schar, Murphy, Gayle and Fernandez) made up half the outfield players that were on the pitch when the final whistle sounded at the last game of the season at Craven Cottage last month.
PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS RELEASED
Premier League Official Announcement on Newcastle United (and the other PL clubs) released players:
‘Premier League clubs publish 2020/21 released lists
See the players who have been signified as free transfers by the current Premier League clubs
Premier League clubs from the 2020/21 season have submitted the lists of players they will be retaining in their squads, and the ones they will be releasing.
The Premier League’s rules require all clubs to submit their retained and released lists to the League by 23 June.
Please note players signified as a “free transfer” or released by a club on the expiry of their contract on 30 June 2021 could still remain at that club next season. So this list should not be seen as definitive for players leaving their club.
Please also note a player’s status may have changed since the lists were submitted.
Released players from 2020/21′
You would like to think that no news is good news, especially in the cases of Fernandez and Murphy, but where Newcastle United are concerned that rarely turns out to be the case.
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