Four Newcastle stars set for axe as owners plot overhaul, including Shelvey


A REPLACEMENT for Steve Bruce may not be decided on yet – but Newcastle’s owners will already be working out who can last the pace of change.

Beyond the first ten minutes, Newcastle were abysmal against Tottenham on Sunday – with the 3-2 scoreline even flattering the Magpies.

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Newcastle’s new owners are plotting a transfer overhaul in January – and multiple establishes stars could be axedCredit: EPA

Nobody came out with much credit – but while Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin are here to stay – others should be getting worried.

The January transfer window cannot come round soon enough to breathe some new life into this sinking Toon squad.

SunSport picks four players who could struggle most to convince their bosses they should stick around.

JONJO SHELVEY

Jonjo Shelvey was already on borrowed time before the 3-2 loss against Spurs and is almost certain to lose his place

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Jonjo Shelvey was already on borrowed time before the 3-2 loss against Spurs and is almost certain to lose his placeCredit: Rex

If this was a chance to impress the new regime, the petulant midfielder failed spectacularly.

Shelvey was already on borrowed time before Sunday – even if he was undroppable when fit in the early days under Steve Bruce.

He has offered nothing of note for too long.

Too slow and nowhere near dynamic enough in the engine room. His red card against Spurs said it all.


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JAMAAL LASCELLES

Jamaal Lascelles has drastically regressed at Newcastle under Steve Bruce

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Jamaal Lascelles has drastically regressed at Newcastle under Steve BruceCredit: Getty

A solid performer under Rafa Benitez, the Newcastle skipper has regressed massively under Bruce.

Never blessed with pace, Lascelles’ dodgy positioning was there for all to see when he was stood way off Tanguy Ndombele for Tottenham’s opener.

Newcastle have conceded three more Prem goals (19) than anyone else so fellow defenders Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar will all be in the spotlight.

Lascelles is a respected leader of the group and, at 27, has time ahead of him.

But would any other Premier League side really fancy him?

If the answer is maybe only Norwich and Watford, then a fresh start is needed.

MATT RITCHIE

The writing appears to be on the wall for Matt Ritchie who could be sold in January

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The writing appears to be on the wall for Matt Ritchie who could be sold in JanuaryCredit: Getty

Jamal Lewis, a £15million summer signing, must be furious having to watch Ritchie get in at left-back ahead of him.

The feisty Scot gives everything and is often the only one showing any leadership.

But the writing must now be on the wall.

No longer under consideration as a winger, Ritchie, 32, dropped to wing-back before Bruce’s recent switch to a four-man defence.

While he is still capable of whipping in a decent ball, he has been found wanting going the other way all season – and Toon must quickly stop the rot in defence.

A loyal servant who endeared himself to the Toon Army. He will be fondly remembered, especially for calling Bruce a ‘coward’ in a training-ground row in March.

JOELINTON

Joelinton must finally be sold and will go down as one of Newcastle's worst-ever signings

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Joelinton must finally be sold and will go down as one of Newcastle’s worst-ever signingsCredit: AFP

Six goals in 77 games at £6.6m apiece, this man will surely go down as one of Newcastle’s worst-ever signings – the new Stephane Guivarch.

The £40m flop was never the answer before the takeover, with the only problem now finding a willing buyer.

If there is a player in there, then the Brazilian has only shown it fleetingly at best – and never in front of goal.

Bruce has rarely played him on the left, where he excelled at Hoffenheim, but that is no excuse.

If Newcastle drop to the Championship then he may do a job, otherwise, he’s got to go.

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