According to the Sunday People, Papiss Cisse is poised to head a raft of Newcastle players shown the door this summer as the club look to further fund their spending spree through the sale of expendable assets.
French flops Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere are also thought to be included in the departing party.
Pointing this pair towards the exit door makes sense, but inviting Cisse to take the high way is madness, here’s why:
He was their most reliable source of goals last term
Considering how diabolically poor the Magpies were in the second half of the previous season, the Senegalese’s haul of 11 Premier League goals from 22 outings is a relatively remarkable effort.
Only half of these appearances were starts, yet he still managed four more goals than silver medalist in the top-scoring stakes Ayoze Perez, who had 14 additional starts, and topped the returns of joint third-highest goal getters Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback (who made the XI on a combined 69 occasions) by seven.
Likely replacement Aleksandar Mitrovic brings no guarantee of success
The Serbian is due to arrive from Anderlecht for £13m, but the track records of non-Belgian natives to be exported from the Pro League to the Premier League don’t offer much encouragement to Magpies fans.
This very website enlightened the unaware of this theory’s existence in this article and it means Newcastle hanging their hat on Mitrovic alone to score the goals to keep them afloat next season is an enormous risk.
Choosing where to sell him will be difficult
Given the explosive nature of his start to life in the Premier League, where he scored 13 goals in 14 games upon his arrival from Freiburg, it would represent a sizeable risk offloading to a divisional rival.
Yet selling to a fellow Premier League side is likely to be the only way a fee fitting Cisse’s ability and goal record will be recouped.
His age and off-field reputation mean auctioning him off to continent-based outfits will mean only a fraction of what could be had from selling him domestically will be trousered.
The near-fatal end to the previous campaign has decorated Newcastle’s 5/1 for relegation in appeal before a ball has been kicked; if the club were to sell their best striker, such a price would only appreciate in value.