The Newcastle rebuild: Who stays? Who goes?

Eddie Howe, manager of Newcastle United. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)
Eddie Howe, manager of Newcastle United. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images) /
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Bruno Guimaraes of Newcastle United celebrates with teammates Chris Wood and Joelinton. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images). /

Staying on Tyneside:

Starting from the bottom up, none of the goalkeepers’ futures are guaranteed but a contingent of the existing defence will retain their place in the squad.

Kieran Trippier signed in January and looks set to lead the Toon Army’s charge in the coming years, in addition to Matt Targett who is thought to have agreed on making his loan from Aston Villa permanent.

Another signing after the turn of the year was Dan Burn, who has forged a resolute partnership with previously uncertain central defender Fabian Schär. The Switzerland international has benefitted from being part of a steadier ship, leading to him being rewarded with a new contract.

Moving into midfield, Joe Willock will stay alongside Bruno Guimarães. The two have impressed since their respective transfers, Willock completing his loan move from Arsenal in the summer and Bruno the first marquee signing arriving in January.

Another pairing I predict to stay is Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton, who have both seen considerable development since Howe’s arrival. Shelvey anchoring the midfield, while Joelinton has seen himself shift from an impotent striker to an all-encompassing box-to-box midfielder.

Three of the current five forwards at Eddie Howe’s disposal will likely stay. Chris Wood joined in January and although his standing in the long-term may be brought into question, his height offers a tangible return even if off the bench.

Enigmatic winger Allan Saint-Maximin is a difficult one to assess, with some suggesting the Frenchman may be sold to help raise funds. However, in my opinion, he will stay at St James’ Park. He feels symbolic of the club’s new dawn and has provided the Newcastle faithful with joy at their lowest ebb.

Also expected to stay:

Defence: Emil Krafth, Paul Dummett
Midfield: Sean Longstaff, Ryan Fraser
Attack: Santiago Muñoz (potential loan)