BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Andy Carroll of Newcastle United protects the ball from Phil Bardsley of Burnley and Jeff Hendrick during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on December 14, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
The Magpies have SIX players out-of-contract and THREE loan players, whose futures all remain up in the air.
Most player contracts end in June, but what happens if the season goes on beyond that? Could they play? Would they sign short-term deals? Would longer extensions be on the table?
Here we take a look at the contractual situation of NINE United players, who will have question marks over their heads, should the Premier League be able to start up again.
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The Spaniard, signed by Rafa Benitez, has proven himself to be the most reliable, dependable right-backs in United's squad.
While he does not possess the blistering forward drives of DeAndre Yedlin, there is a balance to his play, which makes him equally as adept on the right or the left. Will Steve Bruce tie him down? He's a player who United pick in their starting XI, when everyone is fit, you'd think they'll be angling towards a new deal for the former Liverpool and Sunderland man. Could a temporary deal be struck to extend short-term in light of a summer season close?
Whether it does, or we simply wipe the slate clean and start again in September remains very much up for date, in this ever-changing, global coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s details of all NINE of Newcastle’s uncertain players – and one or two of them are key men.
Bentaleb has seen plenty of minutes but done very little to impress.
He's fallen out with the powers that be at Schalke, so they would have no qualms about United extending this deal in to the summer.
Whether United would take it any further is unlikely.
This decision will be a much easier one for Bruce to make.
Elliot is quite clearly third choice and even should the season be extended beyond his contract, it's unlikely Elliot will get any more time on Tyneside.
Has he done enough to see any United stay extended? That's debatable.
Would his departure leave some questions unanswered. Very much so.
Rose has obvious talent but arrived on Tyneside without gametime and fitness under his belt. We were just seeing him in almost a pre-season mode. It would have been nice to see a bit more. One thing is for sure, this break will have done nothing for the fitness/match fitness side of things.
The Geordie centre forward did not play enough games to trigger an automatic second year back on Tyneside, but, should he prove his fitness, the homecoming might not be over yet.
Whether Carroll gets another season at United is up for debate, but should he be needed this summer something shorter term would definitely work for all parties. Again, I must stress, as always with Carroll, this is injury status dependent.
It's finally game over for Colback at Newcastle.
His big wages and distinct lack of appearances has been an embarrassment for club and player in recent years.
A player who always gave his all in black and white but there will be few tears shed at his exit - unless the summer contract situation becomes a legal minefield and somehow, the door is opened for Colback again?
OK. That's about a fair summary of the Austrian's time on Tyneside.
You wouldn't be paying £20million for him, that's for sure.
I'm sure Inter would have little need to take him back in June/July, so United could probably crack on with a short extension.
But he'd need to a lot more impress in my eyes for any permanent deal to be struck.
The goalkeeper is another who is out the Premier League 25, and isn't close to consideration, even for the under-23s.
He's been told to find a new club and was most recently on trial at rivals Sunderland.
The youngster has been a breath of fresh air in the Newcastle midfield, but is yet to put pen to paper on a new, improved and extended contract.
This is a big concern for Steve Bruce and United, especially with a whole host of top European clubs eyeing a summer move.
If he's going to leave, you'd imagine a (temporary) extension is unlikely, unless, of course, rules make it impossible for him to play elsewhere.
Hopefully common sense prevails on this one.