Whether or not Newcastle can stay in the Premier League this season, there will be a huge clear-out of the Newcastle squad this summer, and they couldn’t have done much worse this year on the pitch with just two wins in our 16 total games played.
Julian Cuesta – Almeria goalkeeper
We will be in deep relegation trouble on Saturday if we lose at Leicester City, and Sunderland manage to beat Southampton at the Stadium of Light.
With just three games to play after Saturday, that would probably make Newcastle the favorites for the drop along with Burnley and QPR, and unless we can get out of our death dive we’ll be relegated.
Tim Krul is just one of our players who seems to want out this summer, so it’s not surprising that Newcastle are being linked with goalkeepers at the moment.
Karl Darlow will be coming in from Nottingham Forest to join the first team squad, and Rob Elliot will probably stay so we need one more experienced goalkeeper so we don’t go through the season with only two experienced goalkeepers as we’ve done this season – and paid for it.
Newcastle today have been linked today with 24 year-old 6’5″ goalkeeper Julian Cuesta of Almeria, and he is one of the best goalkeepers in La Liga at the moment.
Tottenham are also after him as a replacement for Hugo Lloris – who is expected to leave for a Champions League club this summer.
The report is in the Spanish newspaper Marca, and as his height might suggest the goalkeeper is very good in the air at taking crosses and is a good all round goalkeeper.
Cuesta has made a total of 19 appearances for Almeria this season, and he will jump at the chance of playing in the Premier League.
However, like most of Newcastle’s targets this summer a bigger club in Spurs are reported in the lead for his signature, and the Granada born Cuesta is expected to leave the club, whether or not Almeria are relegated.
Currently they are just two points above the drop zone on 31 points with four games to play.
If Newcastle are relegated, we will need a new list of targets for the summer transfer window, and maybe the club will again go with only two goalkeepers next season in an attempt to reduce costs – since the cut in revenue in the Championship will be significant.