Following news that Rafa Benitez is set to leave Newcastle United, a whole host of players could seemingly follow in his footsteps this summer.

It’s happened again. Mike Ashley has somehow put Newcastle in such a position that they are now fearing for their Premier League status, and if it does happen again then it’ll be the third time that they have been relegated under his ownership.

At the start of the week, Newcastle announced that Benitez will not stay at the North East club beyond his current deal, which expires on Sunday.

The supporters were angry. The media made their feelings known about Ashley, but what do the players think? 

Well, the Scottish Sun recently claimed that a max exodus of players leaving could follow their manager out of Tyneside, with a number of key players mentioned.

It is said that the likes of Martin Dubravka, Federico Fernandez, Fabian Schar, Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez are all open to leaving the club now Benitez is no longer there. 

The report is seriously worrying for the Toon Army faithful because that relegation meter is seemingly only increasing day by day. 

Someone like Perez would arguably be Newcastle’s biggest miss, if he were to leave because of what he provides the defensive-minded team in the attacking third. 

Whilst Salomon Rondon’s performances, and rightly so, drew huge praise last season, Perez should also be lauded for what he provided the team and the versatility he brings to table. 

Perez is a safe pair of hands in the final third and it won’t be a surprise to see his career explode to a whole new level in these coming seasons, that’s how much potential he has. But Newcastle fans would like to see that explode at St James’ Park, not elsewhere. 

Therefore, losing a player, who was purchased for £1.5 million [Guardian] in 2014, would be yet another blow to the club.

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