Here is a little bit on each of our ‘leavers’ this summer together with our view on what it means for the player and more importantly for Rafa and his revolution (see stats page for Loans).

Moussa Sissoko (31.08.16)

A £30m+ deadline day sale would not usually be cause for anything other than dismay by most clubs fans, and with the echo of the Andy Carroll sale still fresh in most Geordies minds, it seems incredible that such an 11th hour sale would cause a very opposite reaction.

On this occasion the player in question however is Moussa Sissoko. Unplayable on his day, that day being 2 February 2013 in a match at St James Park against Chelsea. For those of us lucky enough to see him that day there can be no doubt that they boy has talent. An outstanding talent. Unfortunately for the manager and fans of all the clubs he plays for, his desire does not match what his body can produce.

At £30m the sale is a fantastic piece of business for NUFC. The comedy surrounding his agreed sale to Everton, only for him to then now get on a plane for a medical and refuse to answer his phone is just SO Sissoko. And that’s what Spurs are getting.

I for one am more than happy with the overall package that is Diame as a replacement. Whilst he won’t have those rare moments of absolute world class brilliance that Sissoko is capable of, his consistency and overall play will add more to NUFC that Moussa has managed in his 3 years at the club.

A great piece of business.

Gael Bigirimana (26.08.16)

Gael Bigirimana found his way home today after the club confirmed the sale of the player back to his first senior club Coventry for an undisclosed fee said to be in the region of £0.5m.

Bigi never established himself at NUFC playing only 13 times for the club in four years, scoring once, the final goal in a 3-0 win against Wigan. Loans to first Rangers and then Coventry would follow before his move was made permanent back to the Ricoh Arena.

We can’t miss a player who never played so that’s all on this one!

Daryl Janmaat (24.08.16)

In what seems like a strange move Daryl Janmaat has joined Watford from Newcastle United for a reported £7.5m.

After 77 appearances for the Black and Whites Janmaat has decided that what is likely to be a premier league fight against another relegation is more appealing than sticking with his current fantastic salary and push for promotion at Newcastle. For us this is an odd one.

To be fair to the Dutchman, who has 4 goals and 10 assists in all competitions in black and white, he has at least been a professional about leaving NUFC. Unlike some of his ex-Newcastle colleagues Janmaat has just pushed on with his football. He has trained well, pushed to play every game, and played well when picked. And as much as it is another slap in the face with another top player leaving the club after relegation at least he's gone about it in the right way.

It is really only the 'who has he gone to' question that causes some head scratching. But as Rafa has always said, he only wants players who 'want to be here'.

Georginio Wijnaldum (22.07.16)

The consequences of relegation continue to be felt as, whilst Rafa desperately tries to build a squad capable of getting Newcastle United back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, another rat jumps ship.

In this case ‘rat’ is probably not so appropriate as the behaviour of this want away star has been nothing but exemplary really.


Whilst others may have deleted everything to do with our magnificent club from their public lives long ago whilst manipulating the press to their own advantage, Gini Wijnaldum cannot have such accusations levelled against him. For even this week the lad was asked to travel to Doncaster with the first team, then was placed on the squad list at the 11th hour after warming up with the squad only then to end up getting a run out for what ended up being 18 minutes. There is no way [………] (insert a name here from your long list) would have done that for risk of scuppering their ‘dream move’ to play with ‘big players’.

Nope, all credit to him, he’s been professional throughout.

Indeed in stark contract to the ‘we want you to go’ songs for Sissoko at the Doncaster Rovers game there were a few renditions of ‘we want you to stay’ for Wijnaldum. And you know, it doesn’t take much does it! Quite why some pros choose to antagonise fans with their antics is beyond me in most circumstances. Just shut up, crack on with it, do as the gaffa asks, and work on your move behind the scenes.

So what of his transfer price?

A hefty reported £25m, all up front in cash, is not a bad return and represents an £11m profit for a club relegated to the Championship. Newcastle’s recent policy of tying players to longer contracts does of course often pay off these days. And whilst Rafa was clear he would have like to keep the player he was always going to leave.

When asked about the player recently from a Liverpool, season ticket holding, mate of mine if the lad was any good, I text back this…..

And that sums it up for me really.

More consistent that Sissoko, but not consistent enough. Top scorer last season, from midfield, in a poor side and the lad obviously has talent.

Depending on how he is replaced this will either be a great piece of business or could just be one we look back on and think ‘Rafa would have got that out of him you know….’

So with a little mix of emotions we just have to grab at the huge wedge of cash and move on. Onward and upwards we hope.

Oh, and thanks for this……

Papiss Cisse (09.07.16)

After 131 games and 44 goals Papiss Cisse left Newcastle United for pastures new and a lucrative deal at Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.

Cisse, now 31, had been close to completing this move last winter before it collapsed due to work permit issues and the deal comes as no surprise having barely featured last season and clearly not being part of Rafa’s plan.

Cisse joined Newcastle United from SC Freiburg bank in January 2012 for a reported £9m and would also be vocally proud to wear our famous number 9. On his day he was unplayable. In his first season he scored 11 goals in his first 10 games breaking a club record, whilst his wonder goal away to Chelsea would get the BBC ‘Goal of the Season’ award and to this day is seen as kind of voodoo!

His partnership with fellow Senegal International Demba Ba would be prolific too, although there would be various reports that him having to play as out wide to accommodate Ba was an annoyance to him. Certainly it would be Ba who would score proportionally more during that partnership.

Whilst a goal every three games is not a bad record Cisse’s downfall was that all his goals seemed to have to be ‘worldies’. A player who’s goals and celebration will live long in the memory, but like some of the other departures this season this is also a timely one.

Captain Colo (05.07.16)

Fabricio Coloccini finally made his break from Newcastle United to return to his native Argentina after 8 years a Mag.

Whilst latterly he’s not exactly set the world on fire and no doubt will regret his injury hit final season ended in relegation.

Signed back in August 2008 from Deportivo La Coruna for a fee of £11m, a substantial outlay back then, his curly locks and silky talent were a welcome addition to the Newcastle side. Roll forward and 275 appearances, 7 goals and 2 assists later Colo is likely to be fondly remembered especially by those who recall his early days. Whilst his leadership skills can be questioned his attitude has always been good, helping us back form relegation at the first time of asking in 11/12 without so much as a squeak. And whilst there were more than rumours over the last couple of seasons that he was ready for a return to his homeland he stuck with it. In hindsight most will believe he should have gone a little earlier - for both parties.