After a couple of whirlwind days, when Newcastle brought in some real Premier League quality, probably for the first time since Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan turned up on Tyneside, the attention must now turn to else where.
It has been no secret that Newcastle will be working on a limited budget this summer, and with the signings of Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick and Mark Gillespie, it would probably be safe to assume 99% of that budget is gone.
It seems a strange thing to say Newcastle have been proactive in the transfer window, yet here we are, but for as good as the signings are, its time for the club to ship out some of the deadwood, or players who just don’t fit into Steve Bruce’s plan.
The first names that will come to mind will undoubtably be Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons. The three of them according to reports have all be transfer listed, and Lazaar hasn’t even returned from Italy following his loan last season, seemingly being told to stay away and fabricate a move for himself.
All three seem in the mood of Jack Colback, not being fancied by successive managers, and taking up wages on an already strict wage structure.
Aarons has had successful loan spells, but no permanent move has materialised, the same can not be said for Saivet. The midfielder brought in at the same time as Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend, barring a free-kick against West Ham, has not set the world alight at St James’, and even failed to get a move away last term, instead spending the season training with the first team, without ever being named in the 25-man squad.
But there could also be room to shift some of the players who have featured for Steve Bruce.
Reports are circulating as I write this that defender Florian Lejeune is set for a loan move back to Spain, with Alaves and Sevilla interested. This could be a good move for the Frenchman, who has suffered some serious injuries since he joined Newcastle. These injuries have left the centre-back struggling to keep up to speed with the high demands of the Premier League, and needing a couple of games to show the levels we know he is capable off. Unfortunately at this level, a couple of games to bed back in aren’t really going to be there. A loan move could reinvigorate him, helping him back to full match fitness.
Also with the news today that new striker Callum Wilson will take the number 13 shirt, stating that the number 9 wasn’t available. Tis would lead you to believe that the 13 shirt was, possibly meaning the end of Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto’s time on Tyneside. The former Mainz man has quality, and for whatever reason hasn’t been able to show it in the famous Black and White. A £9 million signing from the German side following a decent World Cup in Russia, has scored a couple of goals in the two years he has been here. But lack of game time, has seen the striker stagnate, and has not been picked by his country as often as he was prior to the move.
There have been talks of a move back to Germany, which could be a good move, going back to a league where he has undoubtably played some of his best football. No doubt the club will look to offload him in a permanent deal as opposed to a loan deal. Its hard to see a way back into the side for Muto, and a loan deal could only really benefit the team he goes to, not the player or Newcastle who need to split from each other.
Other possible outgoings stem from the defensive department. On the face of it our strongest department in terms of numbers, but severely lacking in terms of quality. The signing of Jamal Lewis adds some much needed quality in the left back department, but it could be at right back we see a departure.
All summer American international Deandre Yedlin has been linked with a move away. A player who has looked decent at times, and during the Championship season under Rafa linked up well with Matt Ritchie on the right hand side. But the emergence of Javier Manquillo as first choice, backed up by the Spaniards new four year deal, and the signing of Emil Krafth has seen the former Spurs man fall down the pecking order.
Likewise, Swiss international Fabian Schar could be on his way out, with a reported asking price of £11 million. Schar impressed many under Rafa, and looked comfortable in a 5-man defence. He never really looked at the same levels under Bruce, and didn’t really suit a 4-man defence, or being moved into midfield. Whether this is down to the Swiss reacting better to a more continental form of management than an old-school English form, only the player can answer that. However towards the backend of last season, he just didn’t seem interested, and you could argue the writing was on the wall then for the former Deportivo man.
The two exits that have been rumoured that I believe won’t happen, are that of Matt Ritchie and Joelinton!
A video was doing the rounds on social media last night from Andy Carroll’s instagram, where he was out to dinner with the “wee radgie” and new signings Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser. What followed was one of the quotes of the summer:
“Matt Richie to Bournemouth?! I don’t think so….We’ll bring bournemouth to him!”
On the face of it, it seemed teammates and good friends out to dinner, but once the club tweeted it as well, it would be safe to assume the Scottish international will remain on Tyneside. Unless the South Coast side make an offer that can’t be refused, or the player asks to leave, its safe to say the tormentor of corner flags will remain a Newcastle player.
There have also been links this morning with a move to Turkey for the clubs record signing. Joelinton has not exactly cemented his place as a fan favourite, with the number 9 shirt hanging heavy over the young Brazilian. But with confirmation that the number 9 shirt was not available to Wilson, you could assume that ‘Big Joe’ will be staying for this season at least. From a personal point of view, I feel we should hold onto him. First seasons in the Premier can be tough, and with the new signings, could allow him to be played in his preferred position, and not as a lone striker! It would seem harsh to throw your record signing on the scrap heap after a season when only a couple of players covered themselves in glory!
No doubt there will have to be players shipped out before the window closes at the beginning of October. But for once it doesn’t seem like a ‘sell to buy’ policy from the club. It seems of a ‘sell to add more quality!”. To bring in the added players we need, on top if the 5 already signed, the squad needs streamlined! With reports coming out that Newcastle aren’t finished in this window, we will have to say goodbye to some, before we can say welcome!
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