Well next summer seems a heck of a long way off at the moment but we’re fast approaching a time when players who’s contracts are up at the end of this season will be looking ahead to what they do next. I’d say any player that the club wish to tie down to new deals needs to be sorted before January. Ignoring the obvious Nelson situation, I believe Henry is another who’s contract ends next summer? If so I would hope he’s another we look to get tied down in the next couple of months. Personally I think he’s a very important player for us.
I would imagine that no players are going to commit at the moment.
They will want to know which Division we are likely to be in, whether the manager is likely to be here, what the ambitions are for next season.
Get some decent results in the next few games and start moving up the table and it will be easier to try and the down players like Henry.
Henry signed a three year deal so has over 18 months left. If Robinson is still manager next summer I would expect him to go. Feel free to bookmark that prediction and see if he’s still here when the season starts next August in such circumstances.
Off the top of my head I believe that Shearer, Nelson, Mousinho, Raglan, Long, Hall and Obika are ooc next June. Mousinho might get another year offered if he carries on doing well as holding mid and I’m sure Hall will be offered something if he can get back from his injury, but the rest are as good as gone. Expect Nelson to go to Sunderland on a free while a certain somebody cackles into their scotch.