Rafa Benitez will try to strengthen the Newcastle squad in January and also in the summer and there’s one area of the side where we seem to be short of talent.
Players with flair and creativity in central midfield are in short supply at Newcastle – and if Jonjo Shelvey is suspended for his misdemeanor charge by the FA, it’s a good question who will fill in for him while he’s out – maybe for 5 games.
One of the best young players we have been linked with this season is Anderlecht central midfielder Youri Tielemans.
19 year-old Anderlecht midfielder Youri Tielemans
He is a young Belgian footballer who already has one cap for the full Belgium side after making his debut as a late sub in the 1-1 friendly with the Netherlands earlier this month.
Youri was born in Belgium and has a Belgian father and a mother of Congolese descent.
The fact that Newcastle did business with Anderlecht in the summer of last year means it’s possible we could do another deal with the Belgium club for this outstanding teenager.
Newcastle brought in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht in the summer of last year.
This lad doesn’t turn 20 until next May and he became the youngest Belgian player to play in the Champions League, when he made his Champions League debut at the age of only 16 years and 148 days in October, 2013.
He is rated as one of the top young prospects in world football and has already played 153 games with 26 goals for Anderlecht.
This season he has 21 appearances with 9 goals.
Some of the top clubs in Europe are after him, but now that Rafa Benitez is at Newcastle we should be a strong draw for this 19 year-old.
It would not surprise us if Rafa goes all out this January to try to nab this top youngster.
What do you think?