Leicester City proved last season that all the nonsense we kept hearing from Alan Pardew about how Newcastle United couldn’t compete with the top clubs was only that – complete nonsense.
Leicester are a very well run club and after only just avoiding relegation in 2015, they went on famously to win the Premier League by a massive 10 points from second top Arsenal last season.
Leicester showed that with some astute business in the transfer market, clubs didn’t have to replicate the big clubs and spend massive amounts on individual players to win the Premier League.
Lewis Dunk – Brighton center-back
You need a top manager like Claudio Ranieri and a good squad and then anything is possible.
We just hope Leicester can keep most of their squad this summer and challenge again next season – good luck to them.
After that initial positive preamble on The Foxes, it seems they are also interested in Brighton & Hove Albion center-back Lewis Dunk, who Newcastle have also been linked with this summer.
Newcastle were first reported to be interested in Dunk back in January of 2012 when he was just 20 years old – and it seems we have kept tabs on him ever since.
The Sun is reporting today that Claudio Ranieri is keen on the centre-back who has made 149 total appearances for The Seagulls.
Crystal Palace have reportedly had a £5M bid turned down for him and the news is that Chris Hughton wants twice that amount before he will sell.
Maybe a bid of around£8M would suffice and certainly he would seem to be a good buy for Newcastle at that price; we need at least one center-back brought in this summer with Steven Taylor gone and Fabricio Coloccini also expected to leave this summer.
Dunk had an excellent season last term for Brighton and at 6ft 4ins tall he has the height that is currently missing in Newcastle’s back-line.
Newcastle have not yet made a bid for the player, but an advantage we could have to attract Lewis to Newcastle is our world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
Rafa seemed to have an impact on players like Jamaal Lascelles, Chancel Mbemba, Vurnon Anita, Karl Darlow, Moussa Sissoko and others once he arrived at the club in March; he made them into better players over the final 10 games of last season.
Newcastle probably need a couple of center-backs brought in this summer and we think Dunk would be a good buy for the club.
What do you think?