Newcastle have slashed the purse strings this summer, splurging north of £30m on Anderlecht pair Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba as well as Feyenoord’s Georginho Wijnaldum.
With £15m-rated Charlie Austin still heavily linked with a move to Tyneside, this uncharacteristic spending spree hasn’t yet shown signs of abating.
Such a sizeable outlay, however, has doubtless prompted several sleepless nights for the lord of Ashley Manor.
The only way to halt this prolonged restlessness is to recoup some of these spent funds, but who are the most expendable Magpies on the current roster?
Crystal Palace have already figured out Newcastle will be wielding the axe after their influx of arrivals and made a move for the Argentine, or so it has been reported.
At 33, the Toon skipper endured arguably his worst season in black and white last time around and the opportunity to make some money from his exit surely won’t come around again.
A difficult maiden campaign in the Premier League has left Cabella way out of favour on Tyneside and with Wijnaldum parachuted in and Siem De Jong performing in pre-season, the future looks bleak for the French schemer.
In addition to the pending arrival of Mbemba, Newcastle also have Jamal Lascelles competing for a first-team place.
Signed from Nottingham Forest 12 months ago then sent straight back to the City Ground, the centre-back is rated as one of England’s brightest defensive prospects, as Taylor once was many years ago.
These days he’s barely considered a first-teamer at St James’ Park, only once in the previous five seasons has he crossed the 20-appearance threshold and his making way can aid Lascelles’ development at the highest level.
Despite donning Newcastle colours for 23 league games, the Frenchman found the net just once and his chances to improve this woeful haul have been devastated by the signing of Mitrovic.
Selling him is a no-brainer, but finding a buyer will be tough.
Another whose place is under threat following the arrival of a Forest youngster is Dutchman Krul.
Like Lascelles, Karl Darlow joins the club this summer after spending the previous campaign on loan in the Midlands and, logic dictates, is seen as Netherlands international’s successor.