Fabricio Coloccini is the first player Newcastle United should sell this summer

It appears clear which of Newcastle United's current first-team players should be first out the door this summer.

There is still plenty of football to be played this season, but managers and club chairmen up and down the country will already be drawing up their summer transfer plans.

While supporters understandably get excited about who may be arriving at their club in the close-season, there is also the prospect of waving goodbye to some of their current players, and in the case of Newcastle United, one likely departure stands out more than most.

Fabricio Coloccini has played 30 matches for the Magpies this season, making it 242 appearances in total since he arrived at St James’ Park.

But at 33, and with only one year left on his current deal, it would be no surprise if Newcastle cashed in while they still can.

If he did move on it would not be for much, but if Newcastle want to progress next season they need to build around their more consistent stars, promising young players and recent additions, selling Coloccini before his form tails off in the twilight of his career.

The former Argentina international has had good times and bad this season, coming in for considerable criticism following Newcastle’s 5-0 hammering against Manchester City with some fans questioning why a player with the captain’s armband could not stabilise a crumbling back-line.

Just a week later and Coloccini shone as Newcastle defeated Aston Villa 1-0, but rather than keep him when his talent clearly remains, it is time to sell him before his good form becomes increasingly sporadic.

Newcastle need younger quality defenders, and some more impressive summer business could see them push on next season and beyond.

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