As everyone knows, the season has ended and we have won the championship title. But, there is still a lot of dead wood in that team. In this article, I will go through every first team player who has played more than 5 league games and assess their overall performance throughout the season. And, of course, whether I think they should stay, or go. This is only a part one, so there will be another article on this to follow!
Matz Sels - Go
I'm starting with the worst player from this season to get the anger of remembering what he has done to us this year over and done with. He arrived in June 2016 from Belgium club KAA Gent for a mind boggling £5million. And he was even our first choice goalkeeper until late September when we drew 1-1 with Aston Villa, after Matz Sels slapped the ball out directly in front of him to hand Aaron Tshibola a late goal to equalize on a silver plate in the last 10 minutes of the game. Oh, and did I mention he did the exact same thing against Hull to end our League cup semi final dreams? He's hated by the fans too, Matz even had to delete his Twitter account in September due to abuse from SOME toon fans, for the good of his own career. Matz Sels should be at a different club come August. DeAndre Yedlin - Stay
Yedlin has been a fantastic asset in the right full-back position since we signed him from Spurs (he was on loan at Sunderland in the 15-16 season) on the 24th of August 2016 and he has become somewhat of a fan favorite during his current spell on Tyneside, having played 32 games in all competitions, he's been fantastic in both defending and especially attacking. He is rapid, and he has scored one goal and bagged 5 assists. He has played in the premier league with Sunderland and Spurs, so he will be a great asset for at least surviving next season, and advancing further in many years to come. Aleksander Mitrovic - Go or loan I know this is very controversial so please let me explain myself here, Mitrovic was very unspectacular in the premier league in 15-16, I constantly witnessed him missing one on ones, the biggest one securing our relegation against Aston Villa when he chipped a ball made by Cheik Tiote over the bar. He was also sent off twice in that season for awful tackles, he was also almost sent off on his debut seconds after coming on. He only scored 4 championship goals this season having played 25. Yes he has made 6 assists, but just remember that this is the EFL championship and not the premier league, where he got 4 in 34 premier league games. And if we are going to buy Ashley Barnes or Joshua King, Mitrovic would need to go, however he is only 22, so loaning him out to see if he still has his Anderlecht form in him is always an option. Dwight Gayle - Stay
33 championship games, 23 goals, 2 assists. Need I say more? He was also our number 9 in 16/17 and Newcastle United's official Twitter account have recently released a video displaying the new 17/18 kit with "Gayle" at the back. A clear indication that he's probably staying. Gayle also spent 4 years at Crystal palace, 3 of which was in the premier league and was part of a memorable 3-3 draw at Liverpool in the 13-14 campaign, where he scored 2 goals which played a big part in the end of Liverpool's title dreams. He is also 26 years old so he is coming towards his prime years. I think next year will decide if he is good enough to go on, or to get out. But for now, we should keep him on Tyneside! Matt Ritchie - Stay
Matt Ritchie was easily the best player in our 16/17 squad. Really stepping up when Gayle suffered his first injury against Brentford in January. Ritchie scored 12 championship goals and 16 goals in all competitions from the right midfield position. Just that by itself is world class. He is able to score worldies like he did against Wolverhampton in the league cup and Burton Albion in the league. He also scored a fantastic goal in 15/16 against Sunderland while playing for Bournemouth. So he is capable of being just as amazing in the Premier League. We signed him for £12million from Bournemouth on the 1st of July 2016. And he has not looked back since. He is 27 years old so he is in his prime, but I think he has many great years to come. A fantastic talent. He should definitely stay.