Newcastle: Four Magpies players could leave this summer
Newcastle United quartet Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie, Jamaal Lascelles and Jamal Lewis could all be allowed to leave the club this summer, according to Pete O’Rourke for Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Newcastle going up a gear
The Magpies have been enjoying a stellar campaign so far, sitting fourth in the Premier League after just one top-flight defeat all season and pushing for a return to the Champions League.
Eddie Howe has made a number of exciting signings since the beginning of 2022, including Sven Botman, Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak, as PIF put their vast wealth to good use at St James’ Park.
In order to keep the books balanced and abide by Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, though, it seems likely that several fringe players at the club could be jettisoned in the summer.
The Latest: Newcastle quartet could be sold
According to O’Rourke for Football Insider, Newcastle ‘will listen to offers’ for Fraser, Ritchie, Lascelles and Lewis at the end of the season as they plan to raise funds for planned ‘marquee signings’ on Tyneside.
FFP rules will require players to be sold as well as signed, which is why that quartet could move on from the club.
The Verdict: Right decision by Newcastle
Football is a cut-throat business and it makes complete sense for all of Fraser, Ritchie, Lascelles and Lewis to seek new challenges this summer.
Between them, the quartet have started just six league matches this season, a telling indicator of their peripheral status at St James’ Park, and the likely addition of new players during the summer could push them even further down the pecking order.
All four could still remain in the Premier League if they move on to pastures new but Newcastle are now at a level where they need to look at signings who could make an impact at Champions League level, with that being a compeititon in which Howe’s team could well be appearing next term.
Furthermore, offloading such fringe players will free up room on the Magpies’ wage bill, considering that they are on a combined £165,000 per week at St James’ Park, so any offers for the four players mentioned would be most welcome for PIF and Newcastle.