Emil Krafth, Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United look dejected following their side’s defeat in the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Cambridge United at St James’ Park on January 08, 2022 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The nine Newcastle United players Eddie Howe ‘loves’ at risk of summer exit

Liam Kennedy takes a look at the SEVEN Newcastle United players at risk of the chop ahead of next season.

Wednesday, 11th May 2022, 9:00 am

Eddie Howe spoke for the first time on the record this week about his need to trim his Newcastle United squad.

So often recently, when asked, Howe has waxed lyrical about any, and every, member of his Magpies squad, whether they are playing, available, eligible or not.

But, with just two games to go, Howe has finally shone a light on his thinking ahead of the summer window - and the issues staring him in the face... The need to cut down the squad size to take the leap from the Premier League alsorans, to European spot contenders.

Speaking at the weekend, Howe said: “Every summer I have been in management I have had difficult decisions to make at the end of a season,” he said.“Players that you love and have a great relationship with, sometimes have to leave for the benefit of the team. This season is no different.

“I am sure there will be players who leave who have represented the club in a brilliant way. But those decisions can wait for the end of the season.

“Right now it is about making judgements and assessments on everybody I am working with. Training, the training ground is an important place, I am making judgments there and on days like today I am making judgments on performances I see, that is natural.”

But which players that the manager “loves” are most at risk?

Here we take a look at those squad members most likely to be shown the St James’ Parke exitdoor this summer:

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