It’s obvious that Rafa needs to increase the creativity of his side in central midfield this summer and the Spanish manager did his best to sign 26 year-old James McCarthy from Everton last month but was unsuccessful.
James could still be a target for Newcastle in the summer depending on how much he plays for Everton through the end of the season, but Rafa is also looking at some of the top younger players he may want to bring into the club and then turn into top players on Tyneside.
We have been linked for the last six months or so with a top young player at Anderlecht – 19 year-old playmaker Youri Tielemans – who now has 16 goals in 35 games for the Belgian club this season and is attracting the attention of some big clubs.
19 year-old Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht
Youri Tielemans has a Belgian father and a mother of Congolese descent 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.
Tielemans made his senior debut for Belgium on 9th November last year when he came on as a late sub in a friendly with the Netherlands which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Before that he had played 28 times for the various Belgium Youth sides scoring 16 goals.
He is one of the top young prospects in world football and has already played over 167 games for Anderlecht with 33 goals and he doesn’t turn 20 until May.
Youri made his first-team debut against Lokeren back in July of 2013, so he’s been a first team player for almost four years.
It’s hardly surprising that some top clubs are monitoring his progress, but since we signed both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht almost two years we could do it again with young Youri Tielemans.
Rafa is very ambitious and if he rates this youngster then he could go all out and try to bring the teenager to Newcastle this summer.
He would be a terrific singing – if we can get him – but he will not come cheap.
And Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United will be a very good draw for any top player this summer – if we are back in the Premier League.
What do you think?