What drives a team in football is its midfield engine and Newcastle need to strengthen the central midfield in the summer.
Assuming we are promoted – which is still not certain – Newcastle will likely move ambitiously in the transfer market if Rafa Benitez gets his way – and we hope he does.
Rafa knows there are weaknesses in the side if Newcastle are to fight in the upper half of the PL table next season – and we will need some top central midfielders brought in.
Swansea City’s Iceland International Gylfi Sigurdsson
Three creative midfielders Newcastle have been linked with are James McCarthy of Everton, Fulham’s Tom Cairney and recently with Swansea City’s very impressive Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Sigurdsson is supposed to be available for just £15M but that could be a low ball figures and some good clubs will no doubt be keen on signing him this summer.
The Icelandic International has already made it known he want to play in the future for a bigger club than Swansea so Rafa’s Newcastle in the Premier League could potentially be a big draw.
James McCarthy of Everton and Ireland
James McCarthy has shown he can play in the Premier League with nine successive Premier League seasons when he’s appeared for Wigan and Everton and he’s played in 224 total PL games with 13 goals.
James could cost as much as £20M in the summer, but he seems to have no future with the Blues under Ronald Koeman and will want to move on from Merseyside.
The reports in January were that he was keen to join Rafa on Tyneside.
Tom Cairney of Fulham and Scotland
And finally Benitez has seen enough of Fulham’s Tom Cairney to know he could become a much better player at Newcastle if we can get back to the Premier League.
While he is unproven at the top level, we have seen the Newcastle manager improve so many Newcastle players this season and he could do the same with Cairney.
Tom became a full Scottish International in this two week International break and it seems that bigger and better things await this gifted central midfielder – hopefully at Newcastle.
It may cost close to £50M to get these three creative players, but they would be worth it and would vastly improve the Newcastle side.
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