Crucial leadership, injury concern and big-money upgrade: Newcastle United transfer verdict given

Newcastle United are now focused on transfer signings after the drama of last weekend. Elliot Anderson and Yankuba Minteh's departures answered the pressing need to meet PSR for this year at least, with the Magpies now able to look at incomings for the remainder of the window.

However, the exits won't necessarily stop here, especially if United are able to sign the players they want before August's deadline day. Martin Dubravka could be one to move on, with goalkeepers Odysseas Vlachodimos and John Ruddy signed this week.

Three names have been consistently linked with moves away from St James' Park in recent months, with Kieran Trippier, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron attacting plenty of interest. All three have played important roles in transforming the club from relegation battlers to Premier League contenders, but could potentially be playing their football elsewhere come the start of next season.

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All are popular with the fanbase, but with incomings expected, could find their first-team chances even harder to come by. But should Newcastle consider selling any of them? Here's what our Newcastle writers think?

Aaron Stokes

The respective futures of this particular Newcastle United trio will ultimately go a long way to deciding how Eddie Howe's Newcastle United squad looks in two months' time. Three key stars, all attracting interest from different corners of the globe.

Let's start with Kieran Trippier, Newcastle's vice-captain. Yes, his form has dropped slightly in recent months but I think the club as a whole is better off with the England international as a part of it. His leadership is crucial - not just on the pitch but behind the scenes - and I think having both him and Tino Livramento battling it out at right-back gives Newcastle two immense options for one position.

I understand the injury concerns over Callum Wilson, obviously, but Howe is right when he says it would cost a LOT of money to replace the forward. He missed more games than he played last year yet still hit double figures in all competitions.

How much would it cost to find someone who can match that level? £35m for DCL? £50m for Nketiah? Solanke for £60m? Sign a third striker, preferably a young one, and keep Wilson.

Finally, we have Miguel Almiron. I actually wouldn't be totally against Miggy staying as a squad player or backup option - but Newcastle MUST upgrade the right-side of Howe's attack as a priority. I also appreciate Almiron is one of few sellable assets at the club this summer so understand why his exit is more than likely.

Andrew Musgrove

I believe Newcastle made a mistake not cashing in on Kieran Trippier in January when Bayern Munich were at the table.

Listeners to The Everything is Black and White Podcast will know I made a bold prediction last summer and put forward that Tino Livramento would be the Toon's first choice right-back for the 2024-25, and 12 months on my mind on that has not changed.

If Newcastle can get anywhere close to £10 million for Trippier, it's a no brainer to cash in. He's been a great servant and was the arrival that kick-started the new era at the club - that will never be forgotten but it is time to move on.Wilson's future is an intriguing one - a fit Wilson is one of the finest strikers the Premier League has ever seen, in-fact a half-fit Wilson is one of the best in the top flight!

The fact he scores goals raises the questions of how much it would cost to replace him - but in my mind, the fact you can't rely on him to play a full season leads me to say it's time to sell.

At times last season, Alexander Isak was running on empty and largely due to the fact that Eddie Howe didn't have Wilson to bring on and replace him - United can't go through that again this season.

Anywhere in the region of £15m for Wilson and I would sell him.Miguel Almiron for me is the likeliest to go. As the founder and chairman of the Miguel Almiron fan club, I don't say it lightly - but it is time for him to go.

He's been brilliant for the club and has always gave his all. But in a world when money matters, a £20m-£25m bid from any club leaves you with little doubt that it's time to cash in.

Sean McCormick

Put simply, Kieran Trippier's influence on this Newcastle team is too big to put a price tag on it. He still largely dictates Newcastle's game from right-back and another year of Tino Livramento learning from Trippier will prove invaluable in years to come. Livramento is close to succeeding Trippier as Newcastle's right-back heir but I'm not sure that time is right now. Just like when there was interest from Bayern Munich in the January transfer window, the offer would have to be huge to convince me Trippier's exit is a price worth considering.

Almiron has been a brilliant servant for the last five-and-a-half years but the time is right to cash in on the Paraguayan international. He is 30-years-old, has two years remaining on his contract and, if you look at Newcastle's stongest starting XI then his position is one you would like to upgrade. If Newcastle can recoup a decent fee to put towards signing an elite replacement on the right hand side, it is a no-brainer. Jacob Murphy is an able deputy on that right-hand side and the sale of Almiron would command a bigger transfer fee than that of the 29-year-old.

Wilson has been absolutely superb for Newcastle for the last four years but his age and injury troubles are a concern. That said, proven goalscorers don't grow on trees and certainly don't come cheap. The England international's goalscoring record speaks for itself and if Newcastle can't replace him with one, or at least a youngster with obvious potential, it makes little sense to cash in.

Stuart Jamieson

When considering any player's potential exit, it's important to weigh up how they would be replaced in the squad, and Wilson, Trippier and Almiron find themsevles in very different situations.

With Trippier, it's surprising to see how quickly his impact at Newcastle has been forgotten. He was instrumental is turning the fortunes of the club around and if it wasn't for Tino Livramento's arrival, no one would be considering a move for the England full-back. He still has a role to play for United, and I see little advantage in allowing him to leave.

Wilson and Almiron are somewhat different. Neither will be guaranteed as much gametime as they would like next season and therefore could be surplus to requirements. In Almiron's case, he was already second choice behind Jacob Murphy towards the end of last season and if United sign a top quality right-side forward in this window, then the Paraguayan would be wise to move on for first-team football. Newcastle can still command a reasonable asking price, and the timing feels right.

United No 9 Wilson again struggled with injuries last term and has seen Alexander Isak establish himself as the main striking option. He still has a few years left in his legs, and you couldn't blame him for looking for a more regular role elsewhere. Newcastle's issue is that they would need to replace him with a younger back-up option before allowing him to leave. Get that sorted and it could be the end of the road for Wilson at St James' Park.

James Smailes

Sentiment and sport are the best of bedfellows, they go hand in hand when you’re a football fan. Those cherished memories, the great goals, great away days, the individual performances that live with you, it’s the basis of why we love the game, why as kids (and sometimes as bigger kids) we have walls adorned with posters of favourite players. That sentiment doesn’t extend beyond the terraces and it can’t afford to, as football fans we also need to accept that.

It has to be about what is best for the team and what is the best decision to allow the club to move forward. Which is why, Kieran Trippier, Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson should all be sold this summer.
Trippier’s signing for Newcastle was a transformative one. The start of the new PIF era, it was the first deal and a move that kick-started what has followed, but his departure can now be the start of the next step in Newcastle’s progression.

Tino Livramento is a possible future England full-back, if he gets the chance to play regularly enough. He’s ready to be given the chance to cement his place in the Newcastle defence for years to come, he is in essence, the future of the club. Trippier should be thanked for his significant contribution, especially in helping the Magpies reach the Champions League a year ago, but it’s Tino time now and Trippier’s departure creates an opportunity and frees up necessary funds on the wage bill.

Likewise, Almiron and Wilson should be sold to allow manager Eddie Howe to freshen up his squad, with the type of money previously reported from Saudi Arabia for Almiron certainly not the sort of value you can afford to turn down. Wilson’s goal return underlines his quality, but his injury record also sadly underlines the lack of reliability. If Newcastle can get a good return on his exit, it again feels like a deal which needs to be done.