There are just 32 days left in the summer transfer window, and if the window is going to be another success for Newcastle like last year, we think we need to bring in players to strengthen four different positions.
Rafa and Lee Charnley will also have to unload players like Achraf Lazaar, Manu Riviere, Tim Krul, Sadio Haidara, Henri Saivet and others so at least we get their wages off the wage-bill, and it may be necessary to send some of them out on loan.
But the best option for Newcastle would be a straight sale of those players this summer.
Here are the four positions we believe need to be strengthened and with four more players in – and nine in all – we should be in decent enough shape on 13th August when we take on Spurs at home.
- Goalkeeper – Ever since Rafa allowed Matz Sels to go on loan for the season to Anderlecht and then made it clear 20-year-old Freddie Woodman would be going on loan – Newcastle needed to bring in another goalkeeper so Rafa could have three goalies fighting it out for the number one position
It now looks like Rob Elliot will probably start as number one this season with Karl Darlow pressing and Rafa will bring in another goalkeeper.
We have bid £3.6M for Udinese’ Greek international goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.
Napoli is also said to be after 32-year-old Karnezis, but he or West Ham goalkeeper Adrian would seem suitable – and Adrian already has lots of Premier League experience with the Hammers.
- Left Back – Local lad Paul Dummett played a massive 46 games for Newcastle last season in the Championship, and he didn’t really have much competition.
Achraf Lazaar’s move to Tyneside just hasn’t paid off for whatever reason, and Jesus Gamez had some injury problems last term.
It looks like Jesus could challenge Paul this season, and the Spaniard has looked good in preseason, and he’s experienced too. But we still need to bring in an orthodox left back to challenge Paul for the strating position next season.
- Playmaker – We saw last season when Jonjo Shelvey missed those five games through suspension we have very little creativity in midfield when Jonjo wasn’t playing.
And his absence coincided with Newcastle going into a slump around Christmas time and it was a hard slog from then through the end of the season.
However, we did win the Championship which was our goal at the start of the season last August.
Newcastle must bring in some creativity in central midfield this summer, and we are hoping we can persuade 26-year-old Argentine Allan of Napoli to join us this summer – if it’s not Allan another playmaker has to be brought in to challenge Jonjo this season.
- Striker – One of the problems we had in the Championship last season was that when we were on top in a game, we found it difficult to put the ball in the net.
We created lots of good chances, and with another natural goalscorer like Dwight Gayle in the side, we would have won a lot more of our games.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has been inconsistent and is probably on his way out of Newcastle, so we must bring in a top experienced striker this summer.
Maybe the best chance is to get somebody on loan although 29-year-old Leicester City striker Islam Slimani is still available and could do a job at Newcastle.
And of course a perfect choice would be Lucas Perez of Arsenal, and he would be worth £17M to us if we can persuade him to come to Tyneside.
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