Wilson shock, Trippier future and Newcastle United's clear transfer message


Newcastle United fans have sent a strong if surprising message to Eddie Howe and Co over the future of his squad ahead of a big summer transfer window.

We asked you to select which of the club's current players you would keep or sell ahead of what could be a busy period of trading, and the results will raise a few eyebrows.

While this season's stars such as Anthony Gordon, Alexander Isak and Bruno Guimaraes are very much seen as players to build the future of the club around, some big-name players have fallen well down the rankings in the eyes of fans.

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Some could be vialble options to sell in order to help with FFP, of course, with United still looking to raise funds to help this summer's business. And if there are to keep hold of Isak and Bruno, others will have to make way. Here's how the voting went.

Staying put

The good news for Howe and Co is that the majority of the squad fell firmly in the 'keep' category, with 14 players scoring higher than 90 per cent. It will come as no surprise to see Anthony Gordon leading the charts, with an impressive 99.3 per cent wanting him to remain at the club.

Similarly, stars such as Alexander Isak, Bruno Gumaraes and Joelinton scored above a resounding 98 per cent, while there was strong backing for the two young players signed last summer in Tino Livramento and Lewis Hall. While Hall had to wait for his chance, both have shown exactly why Newcastle were keen to shell out on them 12 months ago.

There was also firm endorsement for the defensive trio of Sven Botman, Fabian Schar and Dan Burn, while despite talk of interest in goalkeepers this summer, Nick Pope returned a healthy 94.9 per cent. Two of the club's rising stars, Elliot Anderson and Lewis Miley are also seen as key men for the future, while Sandro Tonali and Harvey Barnes are expected to have big seasons after missing big parts of last term.

Tentative backing

Not everyone fell into that strong backing section, although more than half of those responding wanted these players to stay, indicating they still had a role to play. However, while Emil Krafth and Jacob Murphy are seen as more than useful squad players, it's perhaps surprising that Kieran Trippier only received 69.8 per cent backing.

The England full-back was linked with Bayern Munich in January, but it's a sign that with Livramento already on board, he may not be such a miss for some. Joe Willock has struggled to make an impact last season due to injury and that will have played a part in him receiving only 80.4 per cent of the backing, while Sean Longstaff only just managed to get more than 50 per cent.

Again, that could be a sign of the strength of United's midfield options, and the fact that as a homegrown player, United could potentially benefit more when it comes to FFP should he be sold.

Below half marks

Anyone scoring less than 50 per cent means more people selected the 'sell' category, and here is where we find a few shocks. Callum Wilson, for starters, with the No 9 seeing 67.4 per cent of people opting to say goodbye despite his impressive goal record. Age and injuries are likely to have played a part here, with many fans looking for a younger striker as an alternative to Alexander Isak.

Miguel Almiron scored the lowest of any of the current squad, a sign that the Paraguayan's time on Tyneside could soon be at an end. If Newcastle are to strengthen their attacking options on the right, then the popular winger could be the man to make way, with previous interest from Saudi Arabia.

Skippper Jamaal Lascelles in unlikely to be going anywhere given his current injury, but he polled just 36.8 per cent, along with Matt Targett (19.1 per cent). Whether either will raise significant sums would be a valid question, but with Lloyd Kelly's potential arrival, there could be room for manoeuvre.

Newcastle United keep or sell results

(% wanting player to stay)

  • Anthony Gordon 99.3%

  • Alexander Isak 98.9%

  • Joelinton 98.8%

  • Bruno Guimaraes 98.2%

  • Tino Livramento 98.6%

  • Lewis Hall 98.1%

  • Sven Botman 98.0%

  • Sandro Tonali I97.9%

  • Lewis Miley 97.8%

  • Harvey Barnes 97.8%

  • Fabian Schar 96.8%

  • Nick Pope 94.9%

  • Elliot Anderson 92.8%

  • Dan Burn 91.6%

  • Joe Willock 80.4%

  • Jacob Murphy 73.3%

  • Kieran Trippier 69.8%

  • Emil Krafth 59.7%

  • Mark Gillespie 55.8%

  • Sean Longstaff 55.6%

  • Jamaal Lascelles 36.8%

  • Callum Wilson 32.6%

  • Martin Dubravka 22.6%

  • Matt Targett 19.1%

  • Miguel Almiron 15.7%