Newcastle United in the next week or so are about to confirm the players who will be released and, as many of our readers would know, the hierarchy at Newcastle has already slipped pink slips to a lot of reserve team players and we think the exodus may not only be limited to them.
A lot of first team players are out of contract and if one goes by what has been said and written, these players will not be offered new deals. These players include Peter Lovenkrands, Alan Smith and Danny Guthrie. In the case of Danny, the supporters are divided but not many tears will be shed for the players whose best contribution to the club was made in the championship.
Apart from these three, we expect the club to move a few peripheral players on and these include Leon best, Danny Simpson and sadly the longest serving Newcastle player Steve Harper. But with Newcastle you can never rule out the possibility of a high profile player walking out of the exit door.
By My Mathematics (which is pretty good), I make it 6 possibly 7 that need to be replaced. This not taking into a count that the squad for the past 4 – 5 years at the club has been wafer thin and the additional responsibility of Europa league. So if you look at the need we could see close to 10 first teamers walking into the club.
The number may or may not be that high as a lot of previous reserve players like Shane Ferguson Harris Vuckic amongst others are expected to step up. Of course one of the deals has been confirmed with the signing of Romain Amalfitano being confirmed by the club on a free from Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims.
Supporters of any club find summers boring andmost of them would much rather have football matches than anything else. But we can expect this summer to be an exciting one for Newcastle supporters with a lot of transfer activity in the offing.
No matter what happens, the media will continuously link us with a lot of players with the club, some good some not so. We however trust the club hierarchy and the nouse that they have previously displayed in headhunting players for the club. We advise the supporters to strap their seat belts on and get ready for an exciting summer which probably will make the club a much stronger force in England and across Europe. Let’s hope when August rolls around we see a new incarnation of the club, a new and improved version.