Five players who Newcastle United have to let go this summer
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The Premier League will be restarting on Wednesday 17th June, with Newcastle United's first match back being against Sheffield United at an empty St James' Park on Sunday 21st live on Sky Sports.

In normal circumstances clubs across Europe would be assessing their options for the summer transfer window, however all of these plans need to be put on hold until the season has come to a close.

Looking from the outside, here are some Newcastle players who Steve Bruce should be looking to be sending on their way once the season is over.

Christian Atsu

Initially signed on loan from Chelsea in 2016, Christian Atsu was a decent signing for Newcastle during their season in the Championship under Rafa Benitez. 

His move was made permanent upon the club's return to the top and his first season as a Premier League regular was by no means a poor one with number of notable performances such as against West Ham United in December 2017 where the whole side performed admirably to get the Magpies out of the bottom three in time for Christmas.

However in the last two season Atsu has really failed to impress and with the likes of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron now at the club in the wide positions the Ghana International looks to have his days as a Newcastle player somewhat limited. 

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Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll's return to St James' Park last summer provided great excitement from many Newcastle United fans as the local striker returned to his hometown club.

He has failed to score yet so far this season and has struggled for game time with a number of injuries playing havoc with his campaign. If his injuries had not been such an issue since leaving Tyneside in 2011 then Carroll's career could have potentially developed into something special.

Bruce has also been sticking with Joelinton for the majority of the season as well and the manager clearly has faith in the Brazilian.

Carroll is now 30 which perhaps leaves him with limited years in his career, particularly as a forward. Maybe the Geordie striker could take up a coaching role but his days as a player at Newcastle don't seem to hold much more hope.

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Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle has shown that he is a prolific striker in the Championship with 23 goals scored during the 2016/17 campaign, his first season with Newcastle as he helped to fire them back up into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

He also has impressive records in the second tier with Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion, but for whatever reason he can't replicate this form in the Premier League. He hasn't scored in any competition for the Magpies so far this campaign.

Gayle would be suited to joining a second tier club next season as he could perhaps play another key role in getting a side promoted to the top flight. 

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Emil Krafth

Emil Krafth was signed by Steve Bruce at the start of the 2019/20 season, and it was fair to say that he didn't exactly bring excitement to most Newcastle supporters.

And the Swede hasn't performed to the levels required in the Premier League so far with the 3-1 defeat at Norwich City in August 2019 being a prime example, but to be fair the whole side simply didn't perform that day.

Despite only having one season on Tyneside, maybe it is already time for the full-back to move on as he simply doesn't look the right type of player for the English Premier League. 

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Yoshinori Muto

Unlike the previously mentioned Krafth, Yoshinori Muto was a player who some Newcastle supporters were looking forward to seeing in action when Rafa Benitez tempted the Japanese striker to St James' Park from Mainz in 2018.

He is an explosive forward who has an eye for a special strike, however he hasn't shone for the Magpies so far with his only goal coming in a 3-2 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford in a match where Newcastle did lead 2-0.

To be fair to Muto he hasn't really been given the chances to play regularly since his move from Germany, but when he has featured he has blown his opportunities to impress with his solitary top-flight strike. 

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There are other players who are set to leave at the end of this season already with the contracts of Jack Colback Rob Elliott coming to an end.

There is also the ongoing dispute with young local midfielder Matty Longstaff. He has two Premier League goals to his name already and he is only 19 so surely a deal has to be struck with him.