If Newcastle survive in the Premier league this season then we need to bring in at a minimum three top players in the summer transfer window.
One of those is a center-back and that cannot be former target Joel Matip of Schalke because he will be signing for Liverpool as a free agent in the summer.
The other two positions we need to fill are a proven Premier league striker and a top left back.
Marvin Plattenhardt – German U21 International
One candidate for the left back position is PSV’s 21 year-old Dutch International Jetro Willems who is good friends with Gini Wijnaldum.
There is news today that a player on Newcastle´s shopping list this summer is 24 year-old Hertha Berlin left-back Marvin Plattenhardt, who is a German U21 International.
In fact Marvin has played for all the German Youth sides and made 56 appearances in total at the German youth level, but he´s never been capped at the full International level.
Plattenhardt spent four seasons at Nuremberg before joining Hertha Berlin in the summer of 2014 and this season he has appeared 24 times for them with two goals.
Since joining Hertha Berlin the 6ft tall defender has appeared 39 times in total with two goals and he played 66 times at Nuremberg with two goals.
Last season he was in and out of the first team but he is now an established starter and has played very well this season and is attracting some top clubs.
His contract runs through 2020 at Hertha Berlin, so Newcastle would need to pay a fee for him, but don t be surprised if we are linked with a number of left backs in the summer.
We´d be very happy if we can get Jetro Willems in over the summer, because he is a top young player and by all accounts he wants to join his pal Gini on Tyneside.
This is all assuming we can avoid the drop in May of course.