Newcastle United have some decisions to make about three of their players, so who should stay and who should go?
Three Newcastle United players are now in the final year of their current contract, so who is likely to be handed an extension and who looks set for the exit in less than 12 months?
Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Sammy Ameobi are all in the final 12 months of their current deals, and with players free to discuss pre-contract agreements from January Alan Pardew will be keen to tie down anyone that he wishes to keep in the next four months.
Of the three players above, Ameobi is the most likely to be offered fresh terms, provided he can impress for the Magpies this season.
At 22, the striker is at a stage where he must now be scoring regularly and performing well for his current club. Otherwise, with a number of fresh faces at St James’ Park and more to follow in the future, Ameobi could find himself seeking a new challenge.
Given the way he has come through the club and the fact that they stood by him following a number of injuries, it would be a surprise if he was not retained, even though he has been tipped for a loan move this season.
Gutierrez is another matter, with the Argentine international unlikely to be at Newcastle for much longer.
Reports earlier this summer claimed the player was training alone and more recent claims have suggested the 32-year-old will be offered to football league clubs when the loan window reopens.
Taylor is perhaps the most interesting, recently returning to training after two years out injured. If the 30-year-old can get back to full fitness he could well be offered a new deal. But Newcastle will only do that if they are convinced his injury woes are behind him.
Likely to stay: Ameobi, Taylor (dependent on recovery)
Likely to leave: Gutierrez