Reports suggest Newcastle will axe a host of first-team stalwarts this summer with a squad shake-up planned as part of a club restructure that will see Derby boss Steve McClaren take the reigns.
As part of the influx of changes captain Fabricio Coloccini will be sold, while offers will be listened to for goalkeeper Tim Krul and enforcer Cheick Tiote too.
With wholesale changes planned selling such assets represents a sizeable risk for the Magpies, who are 19/10 to beat Sunderland when Premier League action resumes after the international break.
For a club that tends to fritter between flirting with European qualification and relegation by the season, drafting in a host of new arrivals will drastically destabilise an outfit that is rarely on steady ground.
According to reports in the Mirror, Newcastle will be splashing out £60m on new arrivals, but the ramifications of allowing three selection staples to depart in tandem with a deluge of new players arriving could be dire.
At 33, the logic behind axing Coloccini is easier to understand, but the sense in selling Krul and Tiote is unfathomable.
The latter has endured an injury-hit campaign, but still ranks as one of the Premier League’s finest holding-midfielders, while his Dutch colleague is a dependable number one.
Tiote has average 3.1 tackles across the 11 Premier League appearances this campaign, a figure no teammate comes close to matching.
The Ivorian has recorded these figures while managing to uphold an 81.7% pass completion rate, placing him inside the club’s top ten most accurate ball players.
Of these, 0.7 are considered ‘key passes’, a mean only five Newcastle players can best.
Krul’s stats haven’t been as impressive as previous seasons, but he still has seven clean sheets to his name; a respectable tally for a keeper representing a team loitering in the division’s bottom half.
The Dutchman has over five years of top-flight experience amassed during his Toon career, which is the same for Tiote.
Statistically speaking, both players are of the utmost importance and if the club to relinquish such seasoned campaigners, there would undoubtedly be a queue of suitors of superior stature to Newcastle looking to capitalise on their profligacy, while the repercussions for the St James’ Park side could be fatal.