The potential additions at Newcastle are important, but so are the deals going the other way
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Steve Bruce, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on December 21, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It won't have come as any surprise to supporters who don the black and white as well those from rival clubs to see Newcastle United linked with some rather prestigious names amid the takeover talk. 

But until that day comes, United's management team must plan as normal and there are only nine games in a sport space of time between now and the eventual transfer window. 

Money was available last summer for Steve Bruce to spend, albeit if the expensive deals were agreed in principle before he even arrived. 

There were only loan deals available in January to strengthen where was more urgent to tide things over, but when the 'summer' window does arrive, it will be an opportunity for United to organise their squad. 

Reduce the wage bill

It's no secret there are some high earners at the club are not even in the first team squad as things stand, and for more senior players such as Jack Colback and Henri Saivet, it would be an unlikely U-turn to see them return to the first eleven. 

The cycle that exists in the circuit of professional football evolves around new bodies replacing the old, and the latter must be shifted to create space both on the squad list and financially. 

If United can find a way to offload their non-playing big earners, even on loan as a split wage deal, then it would be a handy first step for the club to build upon with any incomings. 

When football does finally return to some normality, the value of players in the transfer market is set to drop due to significant falls in club revenue, but not to the extent they would have if the season was cancelled/voided. 

Squad reshuffle

With the news coming out on Wednesday that Rob Elliot's contract won't be extended, putting an end to his nine-year stay on Tyneside, it won't come as a surprise if he isn't the only one.

Whether or not Karl Darlow's fate will follow the same outcome as his goalkeeping colleague remains to be seen, with it not quite known yet whether the club will keep Freddie Woodman after his loan deal at Swansea City expires but there is the option of keeping both. 

Whichever way you look at it, there are conundrums that surround more than one position, and there are a string of young players due back from their loan spells. 

The future of Matty Longstaff rumbles on, but a player that shares his position in Dan Barlaser is set to be given another chance around the first team next season after impressing loan at League One Rotherham United this campaign. 

Ultimately with the loanees arriving back the competition for places will increase in pre-season, but with a 25-man-squad to fill and a cry for additions that specify at least one striker, it's inevitable more will leave through the loan and permanent trapdoors. 

Bruce has shown he is happy to give a fair shot to his fringe players, with the ever-professional Ciaran Clark coming close to leaving last summer only to find himself playing a starring centre-back role in the winter months due to an injury crisis. 

If United want to avoid a disaster show with their injury lists of this season, more bodies are required with a depth of quality in the squad, but it's likely to only be achieved when outgoings are sanctioned.

There are players still on the books that may have one more chance to etch themselves into the head coach's plans i.e. Rolando Aarons and even Woodman himself, but whilst they remain contracted they have that opportunity to do so. 

Whenever the window does come around, rumour being September time, we could expect to see the outgoings just as prominent as the incomings. 

 

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