This Could Well Be First Player Signed By Rafa This Summer

We were first linked with Hull center-back Harry Maguire back in February and at that time the Sun reported that Newcastle were in the lead to sign the 24 year-old Hull City center-back.

And today in the Chronicle there’s another report we are interested in the 6ft 2ins central defender.

Harry has been playing so well this season that he is very close to an England call-up after he played once for the England U21 side back in 2012.

Harry Maguire of Hull City

There will be no moves made in the transfer market until promotion is assured, but the news in February was that as soon as promotion is achieved Newcastle will make a move for Maguire.

Maguire is rated at £12M and he’s also a leader and those are some of the qualities Rafa will be looking for in the summer, in addition to wanting players with Premier League experience.

Maguire is a strong and resolute defender who can play in a back four or a back three, which Rafa may want to employ more next season.

We fully expect Rafa to bring in one top center-back this summer with the chances being very high that Chancel Mbemba will be leaving Newcastle after only two years on Tyneside.

That will be a disappointment to a number of Geordie fans who rate Mbemba highly, but he hasn’t played much at all for Rafa this term.

From 2010 Maguire played 166 times with 12 goals in both the Championship and League One for Sheffield United before he moved to Hull City in the summer of 2014 for £2.5M.

Since he’s been at Hull City he’s played 68 times with one goal and this season he’s made 30 appearances for the Tigers and is a regular starter for the side.

Maguire is said to be keen to leave the Tigers in the summer after he has been looking for new and improved terms.

Harry Maguire could very well be the first signing this summer, even though there will be other Premier League clubs interested in signing him.

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5 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1


    I can only suggest if you can not handle being both top of the league and top scorers maybe you could find another team to be miserable with.

  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    were you at the game ????

  • giimps

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #3

    Looking like Rafa is wanting a team of English speaking players so theres less of a chance they misunderstand his instructions, and all understand their roles within the formation.
    We just need to make sure theyre either better or more experienced specialists in a position rather than the Gouffran or Anita types who, while being ok will never be good enough in the top league to cement a position (or at least i hope not) there are others too who i could add into that group but that debate has been done to death lately.
    Anyhoo, all my own opinion ,i do like both Anita and Gouffran for what they have brought this season, good steady legs but next season is a different kettle of fish ,should we go up (hopefully after yesterdays events)

  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Kimbo – It wasn’t pretty yesterday but sometimes ‘the ends justifies the means’. Wigan surprised me they played some good football with some nice through balls – they were no pushovers!

  • giimps

    Apr 2, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Kimbo ,like quite a few supporters have probably stuck with Newcastle through thin and thinner and dont really know how to accept winning as the ultimate aim (which i can understand) everybody would love their teams to be attacking free flowing and winning games by 4 or 5 like the teams of yesteryear.
    What most dont realise (or if they do they dont take into consideration) is that the mechanics of football have changed, most teams in the top few divisions have more than one player that can cause damage, the influx of cheaper foreign imports from the continent and africa means that there is better quality opposition than there was in yesteryear.
    In other words to win a game now, unless your team is packed with superstars who can all do their respective jobs with verve and ability, you have to either go all guns blazing and attack attack ,leaving yourself to counterattacks or play it safe, control the ball, and rely on counterattacking or set plays, Rafa has the players to do the second option in this league but wont be able to do this with these same player next season as they arent all up to it……..i guess what im saying is , wait till next season ,see where we are and who weve bought and how they play once (hopefully ) in the premier league…….im pretty sure rafa has built this team with the sole objective of getting promoted, once were there, we will have more options for attacking expansive free flowing footballers as they are normally the ones in the top leagues……..IMHO


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