Steve Bruce has confirmed in his pre-match press conference (via NUFC 360) ahead of Newcastle United playing EFL Championship club Blackburn Rovers at St. James’ Park in the Carabao Cup second round that Henri Saivet, Christian Atsu, Yoshinori Muto, Achraf Lazaar and Rolando Aarons are all available for transfer in the summer window.
Indeed, each player is now surplus to requirements as Bruce feels as if his current squad for the new 2020/21 term needs to be trimmed following the arrivals of Mark Gillespie, Jamal Lewis, Jeff Hendrick, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson.
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Saivet has only managed to play in a total of eight games for the Tyneside club in all competitions over two seasons, with Lazaar only managing to play in 10 matches across two campaigns and Aarons just a mere 27 appearances over all competitions in four separate terms.
On the other hand, Atsu has been a player who has had a little more attention in the North East, having played in a total of 120 games across all competitions in four consecutive seasons, scoring eight goals and making a further 10 assists, according to Transfermarkt.
However, with the likes of Fraser adding to Allan Saint-Maximin, Matt Ritchie and Miguel Almiron in the attacking midfield options available to Bruce, perhaps it is time for the Ghanaian international to move on from the Magpies.
In a similar fashion, Muto may struggle to find enough game-time with Wilson adding to the likes of Joelinton, Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle as striker options for the Toon.
The 28-year old has also been described as a “moody diva,” as per The Chronicle, and so may not be a player that Bruce would like in the dressing room anyway.
Nonetheless, NUFC will want to get all of these players off of the wage bill fast so that they can fund other moves for potential new signings in the summer window.
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