Things are looking up for Newcastle United who haven’t had the best set of seasons prior to last campaigns Championship winning one. They are in the safest pair of hands imaginable with Rafa Benitez at the helm which can only be reassuring to the Toon army with Mike Ashley always lurking in the background. With promotion secured I’m sure Newcastle fans will have aspirations of more than just avoiding relegation even though that should be the key objective. To achieve comfortable survival the club will have to once again operate smartly in the market, something that Benitez nailed last season so here are 5 key targets the club should go after in order to make it another one to shout about this time round.
- Wilfried Bony – Manchester City
It seems a long time ago since Bony was ripping it up for Swansea City scoring a highly impressive 35 goals in 70 games for the club. His moves to Manchester City and Stoke City respectively have not worked out and were logically a poor fit for the Ivorian. So while there is definitely a point to prove, a move to the Magpies is most likely to be the best chance of redemption and could in fact be an inspired signing particularly if a cheap loan deal is arranged with Bony surplus to requirements in Manchester giving Newcastle the upper hand. Benitez likes a target man in his ranks and Bony comfortably triumphs Mitrovic and Murphy. His style of play involving a slow build up and possession into feet could be the perfect match for both player and club and would compliment the likes of Gayle and Perez nicely.
2. Kelechi Iheanacho – Manchester City
If one City striker isn’t landed then this is possibly the most exciting one of the lot. A hefty £25 million price tag could well be a calculated bargain as the Nigerian is just 20 years old, remains one of the finest young talents in the league and again is at the back of the pecking order at the Etihad. He already has 21 goals in 64 appearances despite struggling last season for a run in the side. It would be a more than worthy investment if you look at the way the modern game is going, Iheanacho has all the makings to be a Newcastle United star and would be a more confident bet of finding the net than Gayle in my opinion.
3. Nathaniel Chalobah – Chelsea
The England under 21 international is wasting his career away. He’s a fantastic talent but is looking like another player who will suffer if he remains at Chelsea for too long. A loan move here would be the more realistic option but with Chalobah behind Matic, Kante and Fabregas already he’s realistically not going to provide much for the Blues. A move to Newcastle would really provide an opportunity to showcase his abilities and I think he could form a productive partnership with Shelvey as Chalobah has a range of attacking and defensive qualities. He’s not proven at Premier League level but I believe he is more than good enough.
4. Andy Robertson – Hull City
The young Scottish fullback is in demand with Liverpool strongly linked which emphasises why Newcastle should look to capture the 23 year old. With Hull relegated it should ease the path for a transfer and with a £8 million fee being talked about I think this could be a signing that makes total sense and can drive Benitez’s side on next season. He is full of attacking quality and pace and with more and more experience under his belt it appears to be a name involving reduced risk than to pluck a left back from abroad. The left back spot is an area for improvement so this would be an ideal signing at St James Park.
5. Bacary Sagna – Free Transfer
Having been released by Manchester City, Sagna would be a reliable figure needed to achieve a balance in the side. He may not be the most exciting of footballers these days but he would be well suited to the current setup where defensively first and foremost he can do a job and would provide a good alternative to DeAndre Yedlin. Another deal that fits the bill nicely on a risk free free transfer.
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