Newcastle United are expected to be a busy team this summer as they target new players, but the club should also focus on selling three players who failed to have an impact this season.
For now, the Premier League is expected to return to our televisions on April 30th, and although it is frustrating for the players and fans to wait so long, the delay gives Newcastle United more time to plan for the summer transfer window.
Steve Bruce has indicated that his primary positional targets in the summer are to add a new striker, winger and midfielder. Seeing that Newcastle United have only managed to score 25 goals through 29 games this season, it is refreshing to see that the club has its priorities straight… for once.
That being said, though, it is just as important for Bruce and his staff to identify current players who have not lived up to expectations and start preparing their departures. There are a few players who have failed to have an impact this season, and there is one player who simply deserves a move away from Tyneside.
There is no doubt that Christian Atsu gives his best for Newcastle United when his number is called, however, the Ghanaian international’s overall impact in midfield has been minimal. Atsu has suited up for the Magpies on 74 occasions in the Premier League, but his offensive output only consists of three goals and five assists.
The former Chelsea man boasts plenty of pace, but he lacks the creativity and consistency to be a starter on this team. It is clear that Atsu cannot compete with the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron and Matt Ritchie, so Newcastle United should save his career and sell him this summer.
Yoshinori Muto is one of the worst players Newcastle United have ever signed, and he is undoubtedly the most pointless signing Rafa Benitez has ever made. Muto had a decent scoring record in the Bundesliga – 20 goals in 66 games – but the script changed for the worst when he moved to England.
The Japanese international has made 20 league appearances since the summer of 2018, but he only has one goal to his name. Newcastle United purchased Muto for around £9m, but they should make him available this summer, and the club should expect to take a loss on his sale this summer.
Unlike the other two players in this list who have struggled on the pitch, Freddie Woodman has found it impossible to break into the starting lineup. Martin Dubravka has solidified his place as the Magpies’ number one keeper with his stellar form, and the fact that the Slovakian shot stopper has signed a new six-year deal with the club is bad news for Woodman.
The 23-year-old deserves regular minutes, and he is playing well on loan for Swansea City in the Championship. Woodman has started all 37 games this season and has only conceded 45 goals. His big saves in critical games have put Swansea City in a position to fight for promotion as they are only three points behind sixth-placed Preston.
Holding on to Woodman would not make sense for either party. Karl Darlow is not the best backup keeper, but he has experience in the top flight and he seems content in his role. Woodman deserves a chance to further develop and gain new insights as the primary keeper of a club. Let him go this summer.