Why Newcastle United are right to want to sell this first-team trio

The Magpies are reportedly looking to offload three first-team players - here's why they're right to do so.

Remy Cabella

According to the Sunday People, Newcastle United are looking to offload three first-team players. Remy Cabella is one of them.

The Frenchman arrived on Tyneside in a high-profile move last summer but has so far failed to deliver on the promise and reputation that came with his Newcastle move. All too often, Cabella was criticised by fans - and mainly for a lack of effort.

As there is a sense of a fresh new start under Steve McClaren, with the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum coming in, now is the perfect time to say goodbye to the old. The 25-year-old didn't light any fires last season and Newcastle is too big of a club to keep a player simply because he 'might' come good.

Emmanuel Riviere

The exact same applies for Emmanuel Riviere - only with far more certainty. While Cabella showed glimpses last term, Riviere absolutely did not. And his position within McClaren's squad is immediately a non-starter, with Charlie Austin and Aleksandar Mitrovic expected to take up striker's roles with the Magpies, according to the Chronicle among various other sources.

Papiss Cisse

If anyone is worth keeping, however, it's Papiss Cisse. But, again, a sale would be justified here not due to a lack of ability but a lack of fitness.

Cisse, at the end of the day, is paid good wages at Newcastle but can only seem to stay injury-free for a handful of games a season. With Mitrovic and, potentially, Austin being brought in at St James' Park, there would simply be no need to keep the 30-year-old in reserve on Tyneside. If only Mitrovic arrives, that's a different matter.

Even then, though, it might be best for Cisse to try his luck elsewhere. His knees just haven't given him in any luck at Newcastle.

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