This summer like every other for The Geordies the talent needed to be brought in is plentiful across all positions on the pitch. The squad is comprised of functional footballers with the only game changing, elite players in the squad being Jamal Lewis, Allan Saint Maximin and Callum Wilson. A major worry is two Academy products are on the verge of leaving due to their contracts expiring next summer, they will never be top drawer PL players Matt and Sean Longstaff but they do a job in the hub of midfield and are local boys, this goes a long way with the fans.
Acquiring Jamal Lewis last summer was a coup, identifying and bringing in young talent like him needs to occur more regularly. Joe Willock fitted in so well on loan last summer, he will never be a regular Arsenal starter but the proposed fee of around £20m is fair. Another player who could well be joining for a reasonable fee is Boubacar Kamara from Marseille, he’s not 22 till Nov plus the fee could be around £15m due to quick cash needed by the French club. He is a DM talent previously looked at by Chelsea and Man Utd, the only concern with him is his stamina and pace which will need to improve considerably before he becomes a Premier League starter. Time is not always on the side of incoming talent. These linked lads are what St James Park needs rather than the free transfer acquisitions over the last few years like Ryan Fraser, Jeff Hendricks and Isaac Hayden.
It’s perfectly feasible that after the success of Willocks loan the club looks around the Premier League top 6 and take on squad players for those clubs, starters for Newcastle. Players like Joe Rodon, Hamza Choudhury, Conor Gallagher, Nathan Ake or Dean Henderson would all be upgrades on the performers already at St James Park within the core of the side.
After the disappointment of Almiron and Joelinton for large values any additions to the forward line need to be vetted so carefully which could mean no arrivals this summer. This is not a ideal situation as Wilson has a injury record which has halted his career and if he is out for long spells this coming season the goal reliance will firmly be on Saint Maximin.
It would be typical of Newcastle to bring in a successful striker from the recent Euro’s like Patrik Schick, Breen Embolo or Haris Seferovic but all would command fees which far outweigh their club scoring records. Taking a punt on a young English talent who’ve not hit the hits they showed at first like Rhian Brewster, Dom Solanke or Eddie Nkeitha while scouting the world for a top drawer, value striker could be a possibility. All 3 are not recognised PL strikers but rather than a loan deal due to the limits for this transfer tool as per the other position needs mentioned above, they could negotiate a budget price transfer? Maybe use existing talent like Jeff Hendricks or Dwight Gayle as a makeweight, especially in the case of Brewster or Solanke. Nketiah is more likely to be a low fee and sell on %, with any of these strikers not much will be expected, the upside is the plus.
All the time Mike Ashley owns the club, modest transfer activity like mentioned in this piece will occur with a down to earth, uninspiring Head Coach like Steve Bruce. The fans can only dream for their Sheikh in Shining Armour to turn up so they can compete for the Worlds top notch players, therefore reality beckons for the near future and the hope the recruitment team can unearth diamonds from the rough.