Rafa Benitez has already said the transfer planning for January is well under way and that he and Managing Director Lee Charnley have already met a few times to discuss targets.
One player we are still likely to try to sign is 27 year-old Brentford play-maker Alan Judge, who should have recovered fully from the double fracture of his right leg he suffered last April at Portman Road.
Alan Judge – a Newcastle January target?
Earlier this month Brentford head coach Dean Smith said this about Alan’s recovery:
“Alan Judge is into a stage in his rehab where he wants to keep stepping up now.”
“There’s a week or two left for the full calcification of the bone. We have to make sure he’s right before he comes back.”
Newcastle have been scouting players in Belgium and they were also seen at Lech Poznan’s weekend game in Poland with Wisla Krakow, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Playing for Lech Poznan in that game was former Newcastle youngster Tamas Kadar who played well for Hungary (36 caps) in the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer and looked an excellent left-sided player.
26 year-old Tamas Kadar at Lech Poznan
Tamas is said to have had an outstanding game against Wisla Krakow and apparently he would cost a paltry £1M, so maybe Tamas could return to Newcastle where he was for four years from 2008 – and maybe even in January?
If Rafa thinks he’s good enough then for £1M there’s very little risk to Newcastle and massive upside potential.
Newcastle have also been scouting some top youngsters such as 19 year-old 6ft 5ins Partizan Belgrade center-back Nikola Milenkovic and 19-year-old RC Lens defender Jean-Kevin Duverne.
So the club may go after one or two of these top young players in January.
But it will depend largely on where Newcastle are in the Championship table by January and if we are top and even some points in the lead, then Rafa could decide he wants to draft in players for the Premier League challenge next season.
Newcastle may be able to get some good bargains in January, rather than wait until we are a Premier League club in the summer when the prices will be a lot higher.
The other advantage is that Rafa would have four months to get the new players used to his system and methods before the summer, so they will be all ready to go in August when the season kicks off.
We are not getting ahead of ourselves here, but we are pretty sure that Rafa wants to get as many points as possible on the board just as soon as possible.
That will add to the confidence with everybody associated with the club and as long as we take nothing for granted and continue to fully respect the opposition, we could be in decent shape by the end of the year.
If that’s the case Newcastle’s ambitions in January could be heightened significantly and it will become very interesting to see what kinds of players Rafa brings in at that time.
But there can be no let up at all throughout this season and we must press forward – and keep winning.
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