At the beginning of the January transfer window Rafa Benitez wanted a winger, central midfielder and a striker brought in and then that was reduced to a winger and a central midfield player.
But Rafa failed to get anybody into the club and his targets of Andros Townsend and James McCarthy may still be transfer targets this summer – if we can get promoted back to the Premier League.
One of the ways we have lost too many points this season is by not being able to score when we have been on so much on top and we have missed far too many of our chances.
So one area that Rafa needs to improve his side is at striker.
Callum Wilson – 25 year-old Bournemouth striker
When we take Dwight Gayle out of the line-up, Newcastle are not as ruthless in front of goal and we must have dropped a lot of points since Dwight injured his hamstring at Brentford on 14th January.
We have been linked for a while now with Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson who turned 25 yesterday and also with 22 year-old French U21 International Sebastien Haller.
We’re not too sure about Callum Wilson, although he looks a decent player and this season he has 6 goals in 20 appearances for Bournemouth, and maybe Rafa sees something in his skill and speed that he could further develop at Newcastle.
He seems expensive at around £20M.
Haller plays for FC Utrecht and he’s played 20 times for the French U21 side and scored 13 goals; he’s played for all the French Youth teams.
22 year-old French U21 striker Sebastien Haller
This season he’s looked good and scored 10 times in 26 games for his club and there were rumors last summer that Rafa had tried to persuade him to come to Newcastle, but he didn’t want to play in England’s second division.
Haller however is keen to play in the Premier League so he’s a potential target this summer.
One young striker we have recently been linked with is 19 year-old Chelsea England U21 International Dominic Solanke, who seems to want to leave Chelsea this summer, but manager Antonio Conte is keen to keep him at the London club.
Dominic Solanke – 19 year-old Chelsea and England U21 striker
Solanke becomes a free agent at the end of June, but Chelsea will still get some compensation for him because he is under 24 and has come through Chelsea’s famous Youth Academy.
He would be one for the future and not a starter at the club – at least not initially.
It could be Rafa brings somebody in that we haven’t yet been linked with – but striker is one area we must improve for next season – we need more goalscorers in the side up front.
Rafa could also unload a striker or two this summer.
What do you think?