Newcastle United will likely sell a lot of players this summer. It feels inevitable following the change of ownership.
We already saw lots of movement in January. Five new faces arrived for more than £90million. The recruitment played a big part in us achieving Premier League survival.
Plenty of players left too, mainly on loan. Meanwhile, some who didn’t leave were dropped from the Premier League squad completely. Isaac Hayden, Ciaran Clark and Jamal Lewis haven’t played at all since January.
Even more changes are on the horizon, as Eddie Howe looks to build a squad capable of competing higher up the division.
It’s unclear what is expected next season. I’m sure most supporters would be happy with no relegation danger, a top half push and maybe a cup run. But the owners may already want to challenge for Europe.
To do that, we’re going to have to invest heavily, which will also mean moving a lot of players on.
Newcastle could sell Jamaal Lascelles – they will ‘listen to offers’
There are obvious players in the Newcastle squad who need to leave. But does Jamaal Lascelles fall into that cateogry?
The Sun claim that the club will ‘listen to offers’ for the captain. He’s one of 10 players who could be sold.
Lascelles has fallen out of favour at St James’ Park, starting just six games in 2022. He’s been ousted by Dan Burn, who arrived for £13million in January.
Despite not featuring as much, Lascelles has still been praised for his role off the pitch. However, that might not be enough to keep him at the club.
It would be a real sign of the times if Howe allows the 28-year-old to leave. He’s been a Toon player since 2014, although he did spend his first season out on loan.
This is his sixth season as captain, having been given the armband by Rafa Benitez in 2016. He’s led the club during a difficult period, and was particularly brilliant in his first few years as a Newcastle regular.
But he’s suffered injuries and seen his form dip, which has made him much less popular among Toon fans. You’d be hard pressed to find any supporter clamouring for him to replace either Burn or Fabian Schar.
However, he still feels like a good character to have in the squad, particularly during this transition period. But he might not be afforded that opportunity.
PIF want to take the Toon to the top and are willing to make decisions without sentiment on the way. If Newcastle’s new owners do decide to let Lascelles go, it will be proof that no one is safe.
Selling the club captain would be a real statement.