Newcastle United Transfer Window: 5 Players That Need to Be Offloaded in January
The main task for Newcastle United in the January transfer window will undoubtedly be to ensure that Andy Carroll is finally replaced.
This summer's new signings have settled in well and a batch of promising youngsters are ready to break into the first team. Therefore, in January, it is essential that Newcastle start to trim some of the dead wood from their squad.
There are several high-earners who are nowhere near the first team. There are also some players who are simply not good enough and whose presence only serves to hold back the emergence of new young stars.
Here are five players that Alan Pardew needs to offload in January.
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Alan Smith hasn't been a great signing for Newcastle United. Other than a spell at the start of Newcastle's season in the Championship, Smith has failed to impress.
Injury has robbed him of what pace he had and at this stage in his career he needs to take a step back down to the Championship.
While he is a useful voice in the dressing room his vast wages make him a very expensive cheerleader. Unfortunately his high wages make it hard to offload him, chances are Newcastle will have to pay a percentage of his salary or keep him until his contract expires.
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Danny Guthrie is simply not a Premier League player. Like Alan Smith, Guthrie needs to take a step down to Championship level.
Blighted by injuries of late, it is only a matter of time before he drops even further down the pecking order, with the likes of Dan Gosling and Mehdi Abeid offering youth, drive and more ability.
With his contract running down, Newcastle will hope to get a small fee for Guthrie in January.
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Nobody can fault James Perch's effort levels, but he simply isn't good enough to play in the Premier League. Perch started poorly after his move from Nottingham Forest and has been unable to recover.
Newcastle are painfully short of defensive cover at the moment, but hopefully, once that is rectified, Perch will be shipped out as soon as possible.
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There is no doubting Nile Ranger's raw ability and potential. Unfortunately he lacks the sense to knuckle down and work hard and lacks the self-control to stay out of trouble.
Ranger was already in Alan Pardew's bad books because of his tardiness and attitude in training. The gun photos, assault and DUI arrests have seen him banished from the first team squad completely. He is unlikely to be welcomed back into the fold.
There will be a lot of managers weighing up whether Ranger's ability makes him worth the risk. As far as Newcastle are concerned, his departure can't come quickly enough.
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Peter Lovenkrands has been a good servant for Newcastle. He gives his all and never lets anybody down. Unfortunately, at 31 years of age, his best years are behind him.
Newcastle will need Peter between now and January. However, with a new striker expected to sign and the emergence of Sammy Ameobi, Lovenkrands certainly wouldn't see much game time after the transfer window shuts.
At Lovenkrands's age, he is unlikely to want to sit out the rest of his career in the reserves and a transfer, possibly back to Rangers. Seems like the best option for both player and club.