The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to see Rafa Benitez bring in both Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo recently, having endured a rather slow summer up to that point.
While our resident Geordies believe there’s still a lot of work to be done to adequately strengthen the squad ahead of the Premier League campaign, reports from the Chronicle have certainly sparked debate.
They’ve revealed that the Spanish coach has informed three players to find new clubs this summer, as he looks to make room in his squad. Indeed, Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar and Tim Krul have reportedly been told they have no futures at St. James’ Park.
Having a big squad to deal with at the moment, the former Liverpool and Real Madrid coach is understood to be working to cut his squad down to 25 players, with the club still said to be hopeful of bringing in new faces before their Premier League opener against Tottenham.
Saivet and Lazaar arrived in 2016, the former in the New Year and the latter in the summer, though neither commanded much of a first-team berth under Benitez. Krul, meanwhile, is the Toon’s longest serving player, though a serious knee injury picked up in the 2015/16 campaign looks to have led to the end of his career in black and white.
None of the trio will be overly missed, though the punters propping up the bar remember the good times Krul gave to them for almost a decade at St. James’ Park. Still, the likes of Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and Freddie Woodman provide enough cover between the sticks right now.
Selling all three will hopefully raise funds for Benitez, with our drinkers hopeful they are invested back into the squad.
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