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Newcastle United official announcement – Dan Ashworth moves out second player, this time permanent deal

2 weeks ago
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Dan Ashworth started work this week and has quickly got down to business.

As well as an endless list of other objectives that he is responsible for, the new Sporting Director also arriving in time to help deal with the summer transfer window.

Dan Ashworth set to play a key role in both bringing new signings in AND smooth the way for outgoing deals.

Already this week, Matt Targett bought in, whilst Isaac Hayden was moved on, the midfielder joining Norwich on a year loan with that turning to a definite permanent deal if certain targets are met.

Now on Saturday, an official club announcement revealing that Dan Ashworth and his team have moved on another player, with 22 year old defender Lewis Cass signing for League One Port Vale.

These were my 13 Newcastle United players that I believed topped the list for Dan Ashworth to help move out this summer:

Jamaal Lascelles, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, Federico Fernández, Karl Darlow, Dwight Gayle, Jeff Hendrick, Ciaran Clark, Freddie Woodman, Kell Watts, Lewis Cass, Matty Longstaff, Javier Manquillo

Two have gone so far and widespread reports that both Middlesbrough and Sheffield United have made approaches for Dwight Gayle.

The bottom line is that so often Newcastle United were left with players who had no future at the club, unable to be moved on due to Mike Ashley’s refusal to do deals, to compromise and face reality.

With the new NUFC owners backing, I think Dan Ashworth will oversee a massive operation this summer, ruthlessly doing deals that allow any number of Newcastle players to find new clubs, which at the same time will also contribute to helping Newcastle United bring in new signings, due to saved wages and transfer fees.

Newcastle United official announcement – 11 June 2022:

‘Defender Lewis Cass has joined newly-promoted League One side Port Vale on a permanent basis.

The North Shields-born defender, capable of playing as a centre-back or full-back, joined the Valiants on a season-long loan for the duration of the 2021/22 campaign before his spell was cut short in January after tearing ankle ligaments in training.

The 22-year-old, who joined United’s Academy from North Shields Juniors at the age of 12, will permanently remain with Darrell Clarke’s side, who recently gained promotion from the English fourth tier after defeating Mansfield Town 3-0 in the League Two play-off final.

Cass was named on the Magpies’ first-team bench in a 4-0 away win at Fulham on the final day of the 2018/19 Premier League season as well as Newcastle’s FA Cup third round draw at Rochdale in January 2020.

Everybody at the club would like to wish Lewis the best of luck for the future.’

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