Written by Ben Allen
With only 7 games remaining, Newcastle are staring relegation in the face. So I decided to look at which players will stay at Newcastle and who will leave.
- Tim Krul: I can see many Premier League chasing the signature of the Dutch international. Last season he kept 8 clean sheets in 30 games with a few very impressive performances (Tottenham away, most notably). I believe he will leave for a sum of £6 million pounds. Also a season in the Championship will hurt his chances for the Dutch nationalteam. Verdict: Leave
- Rob Elliot: If Tim Krul does leave I can see Newcastle clinging on to Elliot for dear life. He would be the only viable option for a goalkeeper as Darlow and Woodman still need a few years to grow and develop. The 29 year old Irish man has stepped up to the role of replacing the injured Krul and made some spectacular saves, most notably in the Tyne-Wear derby which ended 1-1. Verdict: Stay
- Karl Darlow: I can’t see Darlow leaving this Summer. He managed to fortuitously break into the starting XI because of injuries, and has since thus far played 3 games for the senior team. Having conceded 7 goals in those games, he certianly still has a lot of maturing to do. But most of the blame should be placed on the defense. Verdict: Stay
- Chancel Mbemba: The Congolese centre back is still very young and has been one of the few bright sparks this season. He will be one of the most sought-after players in our squad come July, but I honestly feel he will stick with us. Newcastle took a chance on him when he joined from Anderlecht last year, and I don’t imagine he’ll betray that show of faith this Summer. Verdict: Stay
- Steven Taylor: I think if the club were definitely staying in the Premier League there would be no shadow of a doubt that he would be out the door. He has an awful injury record and has unfortunately been the cause of a lot of our defensive woes this season. Admittedly, he does offer some much needed experience of English football in a team that is increasingly foreign in complexion, but I don’t imagine that’ll be enough to earn the trust of our manager (whoever it might be). Verdict: Leave.
- Paul Dummett: The 24 year-old spent his early years grafting for clubs such as Gateshead and St Mirren on loan, but he’s finally embedded himself in the first team squad and, in spite of the various doubts people might have for him, I feel he would be a decent Championship player. I also think he would find it hard to leave his boyhood club at the time. Verdict: Stay
- Fabricio Coloccini: For many years there have been rumblings of a move back to Argentina. The 34 year old centre back stayed with the team the last time they were relegated but a move to Argentina is very likely. He is also approaching the end of his career so the move is probable. Verdict: Leave
- Jamaal Lascelles: The young defender has played well the matches he has appeared in, and his frank interview following the loss to Southampton implied some rare leadership qaulities in a team that appears devoid of a backbone. I believe he could work well in the Championship and establish a place in the starting XI with consistent performances. Verdict: Stay
- Daryl Janmaat: According to Dutch national team manager Danny Blind Janmaat is desperate for a move away. He was begging to play against France to try and attract another club. Blind has warned Janmaat, Krul and Wijnaldum that their places are at risk if they are relegated. Verdict: Leave
- Massadio Haidara: The Frenchman’s woeful injury record will put a lot of clubs off him. Haidara showed a lot of promise when he initially joined the club from AS Nancy in 2013. Though that potential might not yet have been fully realized, I can’t see Newcastle getting rid just yet. Verdict: Stay
- Georginio Wijnaldum: Like his Dutch teammate Janmaat, a place in the national team is very important to him, and there is little doubt that he would probably look better placed in a Champions League team as opposed to a Championship one. According to Italian newspaper Calciomercato, Italian giants are planning to bid for him. No doubt the Dutch national will force a transfer. Verdict: Leave
- Jack Colback: I highly doubt that Colback would leave his boyhood club even if they are relegated. Also a place in the England team isn’t a worry for the 24 year old centre midfielder. Verdict: Stay
- Vurnon Anita: Steve McClaren seemed to rate him quite highly during his time in charge. However I don’t think Anita has played well consistently enough to earn a move to another Premier League team. As much as I would like to see the back of him, I don’t think he’ll move on. Verdict: Stay
- Moussa Sissoko: Sissoko has stated several times that he wants to play Champions League. Newcastle simply cannot accommodate his demands. Verdict: Leave.
- Siem De Jong: De Jong’s time on Tyneside has been fraught with misfortune. Various injuries have held back his development and, for a player that arrived with so much promise, it’s fair to say he’s been disappointing. He has captained the PSV side to a number of Eridivisie titles and he has played in the Champions League; he’ll be out of here in no time. Verdict: Leave
- Jonjo Shelvey: Has previously stated that he wants to bring Newcastle back to the Premier League and seems very committed to the club. Doesn’t look like the type of player to jump ship when things get hard. Verdict: Stay
- Gabriel Obertan: I believe that he simply doesn’t bring enough to the table to earn a new contract. Verdict: Leave
- Rolando Aarons: Very exciting prospect as winger. He will certainly be offered a new contract in the coming months, but whether he accepts that is another matter entirely. Much to our disappointment, he has often found game time hard to come by, primarily because he has had an unlucky injury history. If the club can promise him regular playing time in the Championship next year, it could provide a platform for him to prosper. Verdict: Stay
- Henri Saivet: He’s been very unlucky to not get some more games, he’s played alright during his few appearances. I think that he could play a very important role during the Championship campaign. Verdict: Stay
- Chieck Tiote: His performances have gone downhill during the past couple of years. Last January after his failed move to China you could tell his heart was no longer in it. He will get his high-wage move abroad in the summer. Verdict: Leave
- Andros Townsend: The ex-Tottenham player seems to be one of the only players trying their best. He has already netted 2 goals and gotten 1 assist from right-wing. I doubt any club would match the £12 million transfer fee. He will do well in the Championship. Verdict: Stay
- Sylvain Marveaux: The ever elusive Sylvain Marveaux… Like so many other players at the club, little explanation has been given for his gradual disappearing act over the past two years. Clearly not good enough for inclusion. Verdict: Leave
- Papiss Cisse: He hasn’t scored enough goals to warrant a place in the team. I think he will move to an emerging league like Qatar or China. Verdict: Leave
- Yoan Gouffran: He doesn’t seem to have a future in the Newcastle team and spends most of his time in the reserves. Will either leave or rot away in the reserves a la Gutierrez. Verdict: Leave
- Ayoze Perez: The Spanish striker has been one of the best players in the team at only 22 years old. Unsurprisingly,. Man United and Tottenham have supposedly been circling and, in spite of our noble attepts to keep him in the last two windows, I can’t see him resisting the monetary temptations of a larger PL club this Summer. Verdict: Leave (Unfortunately)
- Seydou Doumbia: The Ivorian striker has played very few minutes for the first team, however he seems very passionate about the club. Fitness has supposedly been an issue, but of course we have been left in the dark regarindg his situation, so its very unclear why he’s getting so little game time. There is talk of an automatic buy-out clause in his contract (£17.4m) – we certainly won’t opt in. Verdict: Leave
- Emmanuel Riviere: Waste of money. He’ll be on the first ferry back to France. Verdict: Leave
- Aleksandar Mitrovic: The Serbian international is the most passionate player at the club. The 21 year old striker arrived from RSC Anderlecht for £13.88 million and has been worth every penny. He might not have had immediate impact that some fans might have hoped for, but with 8 goals and 2 assists this season, he certianly has a lot of promise. I sincerely hope he’ll stay. Verdict: Stay
What do you think? Who would you most like to see out the door this Summer? And who will be crucial to our plans next season?