Newcastle United may lose over £50 million worth of talent in just a matter of months as 13 players are currently set to be out of contract next summer, according to The Chronicle.
As per the outlet, these players are a mix of both first-team regulars and fringe players, and are quite a large chunk of the current squad going into the 2020/21 season.
Will Newcastle stay up with their current squad?
Ciaran Clark, Fabian Schar, Dwight Gayle, Isaac Hayden, Federico Fernandez, DeAndre Yedlin, Christian Atsu, Karl Darlow, Jacob Murphy, Andy Carroll, Dan Barlaser, Achraf Lazaar and Henri Saivet all have less than a year left remaining on their current deals and can all theoretically leave on a free transfer in the summer window if they do not sign new contracts at St. James’ Park by the time that it comes around.
All of the market values of these players add up to over £50 million (via Transfermarkt), and so if they do not sign new contracts, or indeed get sold by the Tyneside club by the time that they run out, then the Magpies risk losing out on potentially over £50 million of their talent.
Perhaps a big concern is that three of these players are fairly regular central defenders in Clark, Schar and Fernandez.
Each centre-back played in 14 or more games in the Premier League in the 2019/20 campaign (per Whoscored), and so losing all three of them would only really leave club-captain Jamaal Lascelles and Florian Lejeune as options to Steve Bruce in that role, unless they buy other players in that position or promote some of the youngsters from their youth teams.
Nevertheless, having these players with less than a year left on their current deals could provide a £50 million headache for the Magpies boss in the next few months or so.
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