Incomings And Outgoings Galore At Newcastle

Benitez Looks To Reshape Squad With Early Business

Apologies for the extended period without any new articles but what a few days it has been for the club in the transfer market which certianly gives me something good to be writing about following on from the disappointing end to last season.

I think we all expected a good few outgoings this summer but it is fantastic to see that for once we seem to be right on top of getting the incomings sorted quickly in advance of the players returning for pre season.

So firstly lets start with the confirmed out goings from the past few weeks.

We had already of course released Obertan and Marveux who's contracts were both up at the end of the season and it has been confirmed that Steven Taylor will also be leaving following the expiration of his deal and him subsequently turning down an extension on massively reduced terms.

I know there are mixed feelings about him in the Newcastle fan base but I have always been a big fan of his. has always given his all for the cause and I think he is a better player than a lot of people give him credit for. Unfortunately for him I just think injuries have had a massively detrimental effect on his career and he has just never really seemed able to have a full season without some kind of issue.

He has still been a good servant though and I wish him all the best.

I think pretty much the same can be said for Coloccini who has come to an agreement to end his contract early in order to return to his hometown club San Lorenzo in Argentina.

Again I think this is a deal that is best for all parties but again I won't hear a bad word said about Colo who has been a good servant to the club and at a time was one of the best defenders in the league and certainly one of the best I have seen in a black and white shirt.

Yes the talk of him wanting to go home for the last couple of years hasn't been ideal and he has also had fitness issues at times but I don't think that should detract from what he has given to the club.

So those are the expected ones in terms of contracts expiring etc but as we know there are a lot of under contract players that don't want to be playing in the Championship next season.

One of those that has departed is Andros Townsend who has joined Crystal Palace.

I am slightly surprised by this one but have to say unlike many I am not actually too bothered about it either.

He is one where if he had stayed I would have been more than happy but if he wants to go then we have recouped pretty much the money we spent on him and only want committed players here.

The bit I find slightly strange is the fact he has gone to Palace especially after he made nosies about potentially staying.

As someone that in his fairly short career has done a lot of moving around I thought after a decent end to the season he might just think that settling and playing reguarly in front of 52k every week might be something that he would be willing to sacrifice a season in the Premier League for unless a real top club came in for him.

For me with Palace he may find himself in another relegation battle next year and it would be nice to see him going down again with us fingers crossed going the other way. I personally think he will come to regret that decision but like I say I am not going to lose any sleep over it either.

One outgoing I am definitely glad to see is Cisse who has finally left with a move to China.

Just such a frustrating player to watch in his time here and whilst I wish him all the best I am more than happy to see us get some money in for him and his wages off the wage bill.

And so to the incomings which strangely started with Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels. You would have to say that wasn't the position most were expecting the first signing to be in but it is good to see Rafa clearly not wanting to get left short in any position and with Krul and Elliot probably both unlikely to be fit to start the season then that would have left us with just Darlow in terms of an experienced keeper and there is probably also a chance that Krul may not stay anyway.

No disrespect to Sels but I think the 2 most exciting signings were the double raid on the Premier League for Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie who join for a combined fee of in excess of 20 million which definitely shows our ambition to make our stay in the Championship a short one.

And if our ability to attract needed emphasising any more then the signing of Jesus Gamez who was at Champions League finalists Athletico Madrid last season surely does that. He adds depth in the fullback positions and Isaac Hayden has also joined from Arsenal to make it 5 good signings so far that certainly offsets from the departures and I am sure there will be more to come both in and out of the door at St James' Park.

Best of luck to all those departing and a massive welcome to all those that have arrived.

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