With Gini Wijnaldum almost certainly leaving Newcastle and Moussa Sissoko likely to follow in short order, Newcastle will need to bring in a couple of good attacking midfielders to replace them for this season.
A good candidate could be Spurs’ Alex Pritchard and we have already been linked with a move for the midfielder this summer and there’s news today that Alex has not made the Spurs squad for the International Champions Cup.
Alex Pritchard – England U21 International
Alex could be a useful signing for Newcastle with a fee on his head reported to be around £8M and certainly if Gini and Moussa both depart – we will not be short of money, but we still shouldn’t overpay for players.
The difficulty Rafa has of bringing players in this summer is that they should be good enough to play in the Championship but also be able to step up to the Premier League.
So it’s important that we don’t bring in mediocre players – we have done that far too often in the recent past – especially with players from France.
Pritchard has played in the Championship twice in his career, first of all when he was on loan at Peterborough for half a season in early 2013 – and then when he was on loan at Brentford in the 2014-2015 season when he played 45 league games and scored 12 goals.
Not bad at all.
So maybe the 23 year-old 9 times capped England U-21 International is one Rafa could turn to – or maybe has already turned to – to replace Gini Wijnaldum.
The fact that Alex has been left behind at Spurs could point to an approach having already been made by the Magpies?
What do you think?