Newcastle have brought five players in so far this summer but more players are needed to strengthen three specific positions.
Those positions are center-back, striker and winger.
Grant Hanley – get him signed or move to another target
We obviously need a center-back brought in to challenge Jamaal Lascelles and Chancel Mbemba for the starting positions, since Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini have finally left Newcastle this summer and Mike Williamson left in January.
And we have a week-long saga going on with Grant Hanley of Blackburn – so we are hoping we can sign Grant over the weekend – or else move on to another center-back target and get him signed up.
The Hanley saga reminds us too much of the way Newcastle used to operate in the past, when we haggled far too long over a million here or there for good players – and ended up losing out too many times.
And with Papiss Cisse having left the club and Newcastle finding it hard to score goals over the last few seasons, we need another striker brought in to replace Papiss.
We have brought in Dwight Gayle and he looks like a good buy, but we need another out-and-out striker in the ranks now that the Senegal International has moved to China.
And to score goals you also need players who can create the chances and open up opposing defenses, so Rafa is also reported to be wanting to increase the creativity in the side and looking to bring in a winger or attacking midfielder.
The Chronicle is reporting today that Jordan Ibe, who signed on for Bournemouth yesterday, was not a priority for Newcastle and the club also thought he was overpriced at a cool £15M for the 20 year-old
Matt Ritchie has replaced Andros Townsend and he can score goals and make goals, but even in those last six games last season most of the threat came from the departed Townsend and to a lesser extent from Moussa Sissoko.
So Rafa is also looking for a creative winger he could bring in.
Apart from those three positions the squad at the moment looks extremely solid, but we cannot lose too many of our star players over the summer and if we do they should be replaced – preferably before we sell them.
That’s what Rafa did when he brought Matt Ritchie in and then allowed Andros Townsend to sign on for Alan Pardew at Crustal Palace – in that order.
And if “star” players push for a move away from Newcastle this summer we should let them go, but only for top dollar, so we only have players at the club who want to fight for us in the second division.
That will ensure the team spirit is great – which is exactly what we need if we are to be successful and get promoted next May.
What do you think?