Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe could put five current Toon players up for sale during the upcoming January transfer window.
The Lowdown: Newcastle’s transfer record
The Magpies have shown during their previous transfer windows just how capable they are of bringing top quality players to the club, but have mostly kept their spending shrewd even with the new riches.
Now that the next January transfer window is on the horizon, Newcastle supporters will of course be hoping for more excitement, but Financial Fair Play regulations still loom large.
And it now appears that the club could be looking to move some of their current players out the door once the window opens, perhaps with FFP in mind.
The Latest: Five players could be up for sale
According to a recent report from 90 Min, Chris Wood, Jamaal Lascelles, Ryan Fraser, Matt Ritchie and Jamal Lewis could all be made available in January to try and raise funds for potential incoming deals during the winter window.
The report also adds that Newcastle’s summer spending could make funds in January limited, which is why these sales are on the cards.
The Verdict: Surplus to requirements
Bearing in mind how the five Newcastle players mentioned in the report have only started seven league games combined this season, it’s easy to see why they could be put up for sale in January, especially if Howe sees no long-term future for them.
In fact, Ritchie and Lewis have only played eight minutes of league action between them this term, which highlights just how far down the pecking order they are.
Also, with the five mentioned players being listed among Newcastle’s eight lowest rated players this season according to WhoScored, this really feels like a no brainer if some decent bids arrive.