Not all of the senior players made the 25 man squad. 5 names didn’t make the list, due to lack of quality or just better options in their respective positions. All of their contracts run out within the next 2 years, so let’s take a look at what the duration of their time with Newcastle might look like.

 

Rolando Aarons

 

Age: 23

 

Joined Newcastle: 2012 (first professional contract in April 2014)

 

Contract Expiry: June 2021

 

First Team Appearances: 27

 

Despite Steve Bruce seeming to be a big fan of the once great prospect that is Rolando Aarons, he was left out of the 25 man squad for the Premier League season. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a barren few months for Aarons, as Championship clubs have been unable to buy or loan players since August 8th. It seems unlikely that he’d make the drop to a League One club, and his previous stints with Hellas Verona and Slovan Liberec did nothing to raise his stock in Europe. Playing time for the Under 23s may also be a struggle for Aarons, with Victor Fernandez and Adam Wilson both being younger and better prospects in his position. The most likely scenario will be a loan move to the Championship in January, after showing glimpses of promise last season with Sheffield Wednesday. With less than 2 years left on his contract, it seems Aarons will only have a future with Newcastle if we get relegated.

 

Jack Colback

 

Age: 29

 

Joined Newcastle: June 2014

 

Contract Expiry: June 2020

 

First Team Appearances: 102

 

More or less identical to Rolando Aarons’ situation. Colback played quite a lot in pre-season, but didn’t make the cut for the squad (much to the relief of most fans). Colback’s high wages will probably deter any loan offers from Europe or League One, and his performances in the Championship over the last 18 months have shown he’s head and shoulders above that level in England. A Championship club could very well come in for him in January with the desire of a permanent move in the summer, when Colback’s contract ends. Nottingham Forest seems a likely destination. The Mag has reported that Colback has allegedly refused to go back out on loan despite his inability to play for Newcastle, but take this with a pinch of salt. 

 

Achraf Lazaar

 

Age: 27

 

Joined Newcastle: August 2016

 

Contract Expiry: June 2021

 

First Team Appearances: 10

 

It’s quite surprising that Lazaar has even made 10 appearances for the club since joining from Palermo in 2016. He was left out of the squad this season, to the surprise of none. Like Aarons, he went to Sheffield Wednesday for the latter half of last season and put in some good performances, so maybe a Championship loan might happen in January. It’s very unclear on what will happen when Lazaar’s contract expires next season. He’s unlikely to return to Serie A after his disastrous spell at Benevento 2 years ago, so perhaps Serie B? It would be nice to get him off the wages sooner than 2021, even temporarily, but he’s done little to endear himself to any other clubs thus far.

 

Henri Saivet

 

Age: 28

 

Joined Newcastle: January 2016

 

Contract Expiry: June 2021

 

First Team Appearances: 8

 

Saivet will forever be remembered for that West Ham game that has turned out to be nothing more than a flash in the pan. He has spent the last 2 seasons in Turkey at Sivasspor and Bursaspor, with the latter being the slightly more successful spell of the two. He’ll be 30 when his contract ends next season and you can’t help but feel he really could go anywhere. Perhaps a return to France, possibly continuing in Turkey or maybe just seeing out his career with a good wage in China, America, or a similar league.

 

Jamie Sterry

 

Age: 23

 

Joined Newcastle: 2011 (first professional contract in July 2015)

 

Contract Expiry: June 2020

 

 

First Team Appearances: 8

 

Jamie Sterry has succeeded Curtis Good as the senior player in the reserves who should have probably been moved on long ago. His contract ends this summer, by which time his age will be closer to 25 than 24. His 3 loan spells so far have been underwhelming, the most recent of which saw him fail to break into a Crewe Alexandra side that finished mid table in League Two last season. Still a frequent starter for Newcastle’s U23s (bagging the only goal for NUFC U23s in the recent 2-1 loss to West Ham), Neil Redfearn might just like to keep him there this season. On the other hand, it would probably be ideal for both club and player that Sterry goes out on loan somewhere, anywhere, in the hope of his career advancing after he leaves Newcastle. With the arrival of Emil Krafth pushing Sterry down to 4th choice, it’s almost certain that he’ll get no first team football this season unless he goes elsewhere.