Newcastle United are set to overhaul their squad this summer.
Monday night’s 2-0 defeat to Liverpool condemned Newcastle United to their fifth consecutive loss and the questions surrounding the depth and quality of The Magpies squad have intensified with one eye on the summer transfer window.
A major overhaul is needed if the North-East club are to improve on what has been another poor showing this season, whilst speculation surrounds the future of manager John Carver.
So who should stay and who should go at St. James Park next season?
Tim Krul (goalkeeper)
Age: 27 Signed: 2005 (£220k) Appearances: 24
Krul’s abilities were there for all to see against Liverpool, making a fantastic close range save from a Lucas header. The Dutchman has been consistent between the sticks for the Toon for several seasons and needs to stay.
Fabricio Coloccini (centre-back)
Age: 33 Signed: 2008 (£10.3m) Appearances: 26
The captain has started to show his age this season, leading some to question whether his powers are on the wane with a reckless red card against Everton in March. However, the Argentinian is Newcastle’s best centre-back. Most importantly Coloccini understands the culture of the club and with that in mind, perhaps should be given one more year.
Mike Williamson (centre-back)
Age: 31 Signed: 2010 (£2m) Appearances: 27
Williamson has been inconsistent since joining the club and recent poor displays against Sunderland and Liverpool has shown that the former Portsmouth man cannot play week-in, week-out at a level the Premier League demands.
Daryl Janmaat (full-back)
Age: 25 Signed: 2014 (£5m) Appearances: 32
The Dutch defender has been a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy season on Tyneside, impressing with his solid defending and dangerous crossing. Newcastle must hang on to him if the club is to move forward.
Ryan Taylor (full-back)
Age: 30 Signed: 2009 (part-exchange) Appearances: 9
Taylor has seen more of the physio than the pitch with back-to-back knee injuries keeping him out of contention for the better part of two years. Since his return, the Liverpudlian has looked out of sorts in a variety of positions. At 30-years-old, it’s time for Newcastle and Taylor to go their separate ways.
Moussa Sissoko (midfield)
Age: 25 Signed: 2013 (£1.8m) Appearances: 30
The talented Frenchman has the power and strength to compete with the best in the Premier League and has been the driving force behind the team this season. However, two red cards this year has exposed Sissoko’s lack of temperament. There is no doubt he is a key player on Tyneside but should only stay if he is willing to work on his discipline.
Siem De Jong (midfield)
Age: 26 Signed: 2014 (£6m) Appearances: 2
Heralded as the replacement for Yohan Cabaye, the ex-Ajax skipper has absent for most of the season with various injuries. Whether Newcastle decides to cut their losses on the Dutchman is yet to be determined, but should he stay, he will need to make a big impact next season.
Gabriel Obertan (midfield)
Age: 26 Signed: 2011 (£4.5m) Appearances: 12
A weak passer of the ball with a penchant to lose possession as fast as he gains it, Obertan has been a failure at St. James Park and needs to go in the summer.
Cheick Tiote (midfield)
Age: 28 Signed: 2010 (£3.5m) Appearances: 12
The Ivorian has slowly regressed following the brilliance of his first two seasons. Sidelined for most of this season with injury, Tiote’s stock has dropped with lacklustre performances when he has appeared. Once a key cog in the engine room and now merely a spoke on the wheel, his departure this summer would not be a big miss.
Emmanuel Rivière (Forward)
Age: 25 Signed: 2014 (£6m) Appearances: 17
Monaco’s top marksman last season in a side that contained Radamel Falcao, Rivière is yet to open his league goal scoring account on Tyneside. The burly forward has lacked the pace and positioning needed to play in England. A return to France would be wise.
Papiss Cisse (Forward)
Age: 29 Signed: 2014 (£10m) Appearances: 18
11 goals this year has given a new lease of life to the Senegal hitman. Often in the right place at the right time, the team have struggled to hit the back of the net without the number 9 in recent weeks after a lengthy ban for spitting last month. Cisse has worked hard to become a key player at St. James Park and needs to stay.
John Carver (Manager)
14 games with only two wins, Carver has struggled with the reins since taking over in January. It is impossible to see a new contract offered to him come May but in the world of Mike Ashley, never say never. It would be nice to see Carver take a backroom role at his boyhood club should somebody new come in, but either way should not be in the hot seat once this season ends.
Still not safe: Vurnon Anita (midfield), Yoan Gouffran (midfield) and Sammy Ameobi (forward) are playing for their squad numbers next year and all could be shown the exit without improvement.
Must stay: Mehdi Abeid (midfield), Remy Cabella (midfield), Jack Colback (midfield) and Ayoze Pérez (forward) have all shown flashes of what they’re capable of and should form the basis of a new look squad next season.