When we take a look at various younger players we have been linked with over the last few months, there are a couple who seem to be good and that Rafa Benitez could well bring in during the summer transfer window.
They will also not cost enormous sums of money if we do bring them to Tyneside.
One of them is 21 year-old Ivory Coast International Nicolas Pepe who plays for 12th placed Angers in French Lique 1 and the other is 19 year-old Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke whose contract with the London club runs out at the end of June.
Nicolas Pepe – 21 year-old Angers winger
Nicolas is a winger who L’Equipe claimed claimed earlier this month had turned down a move to Tyneside on the very last day of the January transfer window.
Nicolas was at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon in January with the Ivory Coast and this season he has played 25 times with 3 goals and one assist for Angers.
His club have recently climbed the league table to 12th place and now 3 points above the relegation zone.
Pepe is under contract at Angers until June 2019 and he joined them in 2013 from Poitiers FC.
He can play on either wing and has played 29 times in total for his French club after making his debut two years ago in November 2014 against Ajaccio
19 year-old Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke has played for all the England Youth sides and 3 times for the England U21 side.
Dominic Solanke – 19 year-old Chelsea striker
His contract at Chelsea runs out at the end of June and it looks like he wants to leave Chelsea at that time.
There are a number of Premier League clubs said to be interested in signing the player with Newcastle said to be willing to offer the teenager wages of £35K/week to join us this summer – that’s according to the Mail.
His manager Antonio Conte thinks he could well leave the club this summer.
Conte said this in the Mail when asked if his top youngster would leave the club this summer:
“I think this is his will,” “This question is better to ask him.”
“I think for a young player to stay in a great team is a great opportunity.”
“We have to respect every decision” “Obviously I have spoken with him to try and understand his will.”
“I repeat we must respect every decision.”
“His contract expires in June. I wish for him and his family in the future. I am not sure.”
Rafa will want to bring in players who can move straight into the first team this summer and they will cost a lot of money, but Mike Ashley should be willing to fund Rafa’s plans.
But the manager will also want to bring in cheaper players like Isaac Hayden, who are up-and-coming younger players who Rafa can turn into top players for Newcastle over time.
21 year-old Nicolas Pepe and 19 year-old Dominic Solanke could be two of those players Newcastle sign this summer.
What do you think?