Who Will Stay And Who Will Go If Newcastle Are To Be Relegated?

Who Will Stay And Who Will Go If Newcastle Are To Be Relegated?
Apr 8, 2016



With only seven matches remaining and finding themselves six points from safety, the Magpies look like they will be playing Championship football next term, barring a miraculous and extreme upturn in fortunes. Here, I take a brief look at who I think will stay and who will go.

Tim Krul – The Dutch goalkeeper will surely have Premier League clubs chasing for his signature, and playing Championship football would not help his international cause. Verdict: Leave

Rob Elliot – Won’t even be ready for the beginning of next term. Also previously stated that he doesn’t see why anyone would leave Newcastle unless Barcelona or Real Madrid came along. Verdict: Stay

Karl Darlow – Unless he turns into David De Gea for these last seven games, I don’t think anyone would really want him. Verdict: Stay

Freddie Woodman – With Elliot out for several months and Krul likely to leave, the 19-year-old will be eager to earn a chance at first team level. Verdict: Stay

Paul Dummett – Came through the academy and will be determined to bring his boyhood club back into the top-flight. Verdict: Stay

Massadio Haidara – Nobody will touch the Frenchman with his horrendous injury record. Verdict: Stay

Fabricio Coloccini – Stayed last time the club went down, but could look to move back home to Argentina this time around as he is approaching the end of his career. Verdict: Leave

Steven Taylor – This is a tricky one. His contract runs out at the season’s end, and if the club had secured Premier League status, he would surely be out the door with his horrendous injury record and sub-par performances this campaign. But now with the club looking like they will be playing Championship football next term, Taylor could be kept because of his experience and because he is proud to wear the shirt, and the club would most definitely need those types of characters. Besides, the Championship may be his level. Verdict: Stay (Maybe)

Chancel Mbemba – Playing in the Championship will not damage Mbemba’s international career, so he will not be in as much as a rush as some of his fellow teammates to head for the exit door. Considering that, as well as his tender age, I am confident that the Congolese centre-back will remain on Tyneside, barring a fantastic offer from another club. Verdict: Stay

Jamaal Lascelles – The young defender has impressed recently, and he could become a regular for Newcastle next season if they are to be relegated. Verdict: Stay

Curtis Good – Nowhere else to go. Verdict: Stay

Kevin Mbabu – The young defender’s contract runs out at the end of the season. Will be a given a new one (hopefully). Verdict: Stay (I hope)

Daryl Janmaat – Janmaat is already looking for the exit door, according to Dutch national team manager Danny Blind. Verdict: Leave

Jamie Sterry – Too young and hasn’t done enough to move anywhere else. He grew up in the area and is someone who cares about the club. Verdict: Stay

Jack Colback – A boyhood supporter of the club, will not jump ship if we are relegated. Verdict: Stay

Vurnon Anita – He has been utilised properly this campaign by McClaren, who valued what Anita brought to the table. Has he done enough to earn a move to another Premier League club, though? I don’t think so. Verdict: Stay

Henri Saivet – He would not have envisioned Newcastle being in the situation they are in when he signed for the club. He has dropped down the pecking order, which, in my opinion, is unfair on him, as he did not perform badly at all in his first couple of appearances. Could get a chance in the Championship, though. Verdict: Stay

Cheick Tiote – Almost moved to China in January, but talks between him and Shanghai Shenhua broke down. Will look to get a big money move to China/Qatar. Verdict: Leave

Jonjo Shelvey – Has said he is willing to bring the club back up from the Championship previously. Not the type of person to jump ship when times get tough. Verdict: Stay

Georginio Wijnaldum – Was unconvincing when asked if he had a relegation clause in his contract. Will have plenty of suitors, very unlikely that he will stay. Verdict: Leave

Siem de Jong – Has struggled to get in the Newcastle side this season, which has frustrated him very much. Will not fancy the style of play in the Championship and will look to return to his homeland or move to the MLS (has previously stated he would be interested in moving there). Verdict: Leave

Andros Townsend – Don’t think anyone will pay anything near the £12 million Newcastle did, despite some encouraging performances from Townsend. Verdict: Stay

Yoan Gouffran – Unfortunately has another year left in his contract. No one will want him. Looks like one more year in the reserves for the Frenchman. Verdict: Stay

Sylvain Marveaux – Contract runs out. No chance he will be re-signed. Verdict: Leave

Gabriel Obertan – Same as Marveaux. Verdict: Leave

Rolando Aarons – Many think his contract runs out at the end of this term, but the young winger still has another year. Can play a big role for the Magpies – if he can stay off of the treatment table. Verdict: Stay

Moussa Sissoko – Will get the Champions League move he desires. Verdict: Leave

Florian Thauvin – Recently said he wants to prove himself in England. Will get his chance to – but in the Championship. Verdict: Stay

Sammy Ameobi – Where else would he go? Verdict: Stay

Haris Vuckic – May get a chance in the Championship. Verdict: Stay

Ayoze Perez – Both Tottenham and Manchester United are said to be keen on the young Spaniard. Unfortunately, it looks like he will move. Verdict: Leave

Papiss Cisse – Will move to China/Qatar with fellow teammate Tiote. Verdict: Leave

Emmanuel Riviere – Possibly could return to France as LOSC Lille and some others were rumoured to be interested in January, but it would have to be on a loan with Newcastle paying some of his wages, as his are too high for most Ligue 1 sides to pay all on their own. Verdict: Leave (loan)

Seydou Doumbia – £17.4 million? You’re having a laugh. Verdict: Leave

Adam Armstrong – The academy product would get the chance (hopefully) to play regularly for his boyhood club, and I feel that he would thrive along Mitro and vice versa. Verdict: Stay

Aleksandar Mitrovic – One of the only ones who seems to care about the club. He’s actually proud to wear the shirt. He has too much passion for the club, city, and fans to leave. Verdict: Stay

Rafa Benitez – It doesn’t even look like Rafa can save this hapless bunch. He has already been linked with the Spain job. It’s very unlikely that he would stay. Verdict: Leave

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    Madridista02 says:

    You should change the title to,”When newcastle are relegated”

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