Newcastle Decks Starting To Clear But No Sign Of Incomings

Unwanted Players Finally Start To Leave

It seems to have taken an age but finally we have seen some players deemed surplus to requirements by Rafa shipped out of the club this week which fingers crossed opens the door for some incomings although there is no sign of that just yet.

I dont think many tears will be shed with the departures of Riviere, Hanley and De Jong although I have to say it is always disappointing when you see players leave where a transfer just hasnt worked out.

With Hanley I think a departure was always on the cards - he was clearly bought last year as cover in the Championship and to be honest whilst I wouldnt want to criticise a player who never really got a good run of games I have to say that when he did play I dont think he looked anything more than an average Championship standard player so I dont think there was any real doubt that he would be on his way this summer and it is no suprise to see him end up somewhere like Norwich which I think is his standard.

With Riviere I have to say I have a bit of sympathy. Again it was always a departure that was going to happen but I have to say I think he has taken a bit of unfair flack from fans.

I think he has fallen into the same scenario as a lot of players that have come to Newcastle in recent times - I dont think he is as bad a player as people make out but he is another in a long line of players that has been brought in maybe without the managers blessing, probably doesnt fit the system we have played yet has been thrown in and as a striker is obviously expected to immediately score goals.

With no real time to settle in I think the pressure is on players like him from the start and they then end up in and out of the team. People look at the stats and say he has scored 1 goal in x number of games etc but invariably most of those appearances are sub appearances rather than starts.

There is no doubting his departure to Metz is good news for all involved but unlike some fans I wish him luck there. I dont think he was ever one of these players that hasnt tried and has just picked up his wages etc it just literally hasnt worked out for him for a multitude of reasons.

The same can be said for De Jong who out of the 3 is certainly the one I think most are disappointed by even though his departure wasnt totally unexpected.

It is just such a shame as he was a signing I was really excited about when we got him from Ajax but he has had such a terrible run with injuries that have just hampered his Newcastle career pretty much from the start.

Like Riviere I think he can also probably point to managers not giving him a chance when we has been fit so it really is a shame to see him return to Ajax when he finally seems to have put his injury worries behind him and NUFC are actually crying out for some quality that can play that number 10 role.

I genuniely thought after he played a big part in pre season Rafa was going to give him a chance but I think the Spaniard likes certainties and people he can rely on and I think there is always going to be that question mark with De Jong as to how many games you are going to get out of him before his next injury.

Maybe were we not so desparate to clear some people of the wage bill then we might have kept hold of him but again I think it is probably a transfer that made sense to all involved even if again it is sad that it hasnt worked out.

Again as with the other 2 I wish Siem all the best, he seems a good guy and I think he is as disappointed as anyone that things didnt work out for him here.

Wouldnt be suprised to see a couple more out of the door before 11pm tonight whether that be permanently or on loan - there is talk of Colback to Wolves or Hull on loan and maybe more worryingly rumours of Gayle departing which is raising a lot of debate.

Lets hope whatever happens today we dont end up weaker than we are now at the close of play but this is Newcastle United as we are all too aware...

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