Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden will not play for Newcastle United anymore this season.
The Magpies confirmed their updated 25-man squad on Thursday evening, with the five January arrivals all included.
That’s left their future up in the air. If they don’t leave soon, they won’t be playing competitive football for the rest of the season.
But with a lot of transfer windows now closed, options are limited.
America an option for Ciaran Clark
According to TEAMtalk, Clark could take his talents to the MLS in North America after snubbing a move to Middlesbrough.
He’d surely be exceptional at that level, having played a lot of Premier League football in recent years. Sadly, he hasn’t been good enough for Newcastle this season.
It’s sad to see him miss out on the squad as he’s been such a good pro for the Magpies, but his form has really dipped this season.
European clubs queuing up for Hayden
The same TEAMtalk report claims that Hayden has interest from six clubs across Europe. They state that Sparta Prague, Basel, Spartak Moscow, Lokomotiv Moscow, Sochi and Galatasaray are looking at the 26-year-old.
If he’d joined the latter a couple of weeks ago, he’d have briefly been reunited with DeAndre Yedlin. However, the American defender was recently released and is now with Inter Miami.
Hayden is probably the unluckiest out of the three players to lose his place in the Toon squad.
He’s currently out with a knee injury, which has effectively cost him his space in Howe’s 25-man setup. Hayden has been a fantastic player for Newcastle – very much a model pro like Clark.
However, his minutes have been limited since Howe arrived.
If Clark and Hayden do leave St James’ Park, they should be remembered fondly for the important roles they played in a difficult period for the club.