Newcastle United: 5 Players Who Could Move on This Summer
With uncertainty surrounding Newcastle United from the top down following the appointment of their new director of football, Joe Kinnear, it’s hard to predict what will happen next at St. James’ Park.
Managing director Derek Llambias announced his immediate resignation on Wednesday and, according to John Cross from Mirror Football, did so in protest after a deal to bring FC Twente defender Douglas to the Magpies was pulled by Kinnear.
In the transfer department, it’s not just incoming traffic that Kinnear will run the rule over, with the former Wimbledon boss charged with moving certain players on, as reported by Lee Ryder in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
With that in mind, we take a look at five current squad members who could become the first through the exit door under Newcastle’s new regime.
5. Mike Williamson
Centre back Mike Williamson has already been linked with a move away from St. James’ Park this summer, with Lee Ryder from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle crediting Premier League new boys Cardiff City with an interest in the 29-year-old.
Despite dropping down the pecking order, Williamson was used to good effect in the latter stages last term, stepping in against Benfica in the Europa League and at Queens Park Rangers, where the Magpies secured their top-flight status.
But with captain Fabricio Coloccini now staying at the club, as reported by Rik Sharma in the Daily Mail, the prospect of starting next season on the bench could see Williamson move on.
4. Dan Gosling
Recovering from cruciate ligament damage when he arrived at the club, the 23-year-old took months to reach full fitness, and to this day he has only made 26 appearances in three seasons.
With the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko ahead of him in his favoured central midfield role, Gosling’s chances of regular football appear remote.
And with Clive Hetherington from the Daily Star suggesting the Magpies are willing to let Gosling leave on loan, his time at St. James’ Park could be coming to an end.
3. James Perch
Despite his popularity with the club’s supporters, his ability to play in numerous positions and his never-say-die attitude, James Perch’s future at Newcastle United remains in doubt.
But if a decision is made to sell the former Nottingham Forest man, it is one that will not go down well with the club’s fans, who have affectionately named him "Perchinho" after a string of gutsy performances.
2. Shola Ameobi
Now 31 years old, his opportunities in the starting lineup have dwindled of late, with the front man making just four starts in the Premier League last season despite the sale of Demba Ba in January.
Though he certainly made an impact on the club’s journey to the Europa League quarter-finals, the majority of fixtures saw the Nigerian international named as a substitute.
With Ameobi looking for more minutes on the pitch, a move away from his boyhood club could now be on the cards, as reported by Lee Ryder in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
1. Gabriel Obertan
Signed from Manchester United for a fee believed to be around £3 million in 2011, Gabriel Obertan arrived at Newcastle with the reputation of a flying winger with pace to burn.
And while the Geordie public have seen glimpses of that promise over the past two years, his impact overall has been minimal, with the Frenchman used sparingly by manager Alan Pardew last season.
Another player used to good effect during the club’s Europa League run, the 24-year-old is a graduate of the esteemed Clairefontaine academy in France, where he began his senior career with Bordeaux.
But if Obertan wants to progress that career and nail down a regular starting place, he may have to do it away from St. James’ Park.