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All things being equal, securing promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season is 100% certain for Newcastle, and escaping the drop will be their top mission again when once this is achieved.
Despite doing very little business in the winter transfer window, the Magpies will without a doubt be making some signings in the summer transfer in order to keep up to the speed with the competition available in the top flight.
Dropping some players whose quality won’t be good enough for their starting XI or bench by next season will definitely be happening, and here are 3 of such players Rafa Benitez shouldn’t hesitate to sanction their sales.
The Congolese was a subject of a loan deal in the recently closed January transfer window as Newcastle tried to lure Townsend from the Selhurst Park.
Clearly, the 22-year-old isn’t in Benitez’s plan, and shouldn’t be when the club returns to the Premier League. The centre-half made 33 EPL appearances last term but has played just 7 Championship games this season, hinting at a significant drop in form for the former Anderlecht man.
Mbemba remains a decent backup option, but clearly is no longer good enough for the team’s bench in the top flight. A couple of Championship sides will be more than ready to land him, and Newcastle shouldn’t hesitate to let him go.