If we are promoted this season then Rafa Benitez will want to improve the squad across the board to get ready for what promises to be an exciting season back in the Premier League with the world-class manager – who seems to have been born to manage a club like Newcastle United.
The 56 year-old has done an excellent job this season in what is a difficult task and with only six games to go four more wins will definitely have us automatically promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Rafa hasn’t really received the kudos he deserves for what he’s done for Newcastle in the last year, but when we are promoted the roof will come off St. James’ Park and Newcastle fans around the world will celebrate big time.
It will be great!
Charlie Taylor – free agent in the summer?
Two of the defenders we have been linked with are 23 year-old Charlie Taylor of Leeds United who is a very good left-back and will become a free agent this summer.
We have also been linked with the fast improving center-back Harry Maguire of Hull City, who seems to be on the verge of the England team after having an excellent season.
Harry is rated at around £12M and reports seem to suggest Newcastle are the favorites to sign the 6ft 2ins tall defender.
We were linked with Leeds United left-back Charlie Taylor last summer and this summer he could be a very decent buy for Newcastle, although other top clubs will be after the free agent.
Charlie made his debut for Leeds at 17 back in August, 2011 – as a second half substitute against Bradford City in the League Cup.
He was born in York and came through the Leeds Youth Academy and he’s had loan spells at Bradford City, York City, Inverness CT and Fleetwood Town to get first team experience when he was younger.
Charlie has now played 97 times for Leeds with 3 goals and has been in excellent form again this season and could be a bargain buy for the Magpies.
He was the Leeds Player of the Season last term making 43 total appearances.
Harry Maguire – 24 year-old Hull center-back
Newcastle were first linked with Hull center-back Harry Maguire in February when the Sun reported Newcastle were leading the chase for Hull City defender.
Harry has been playing very well this season and when we have watched him he’s looked a strong defender and he has leadership abilities too, which is important.
Maguire can play in a back four or a back three and it’s almost certain Rafa will bring in a top center-back this summer.
We expect Chancel Mbemba will leave Newcastle after two years on Tyneside, even though he had a decent game last night in the great 1-0 win over Burton Albion at home.
Maguire played 166 times with 12 goals (in the Championship and League One) for Sheffield United before moving to the Tigers in 2014 for a fee of £2.5M.
He’s played 70 times with two goals for Hull since then and made 31 appearances for the Tigers this term.
Maguire is reported to want to leave the Tigers in the summer and if you believe the press reports, Newcastle are favorites to sign the player and he wants to join Rafa on Tyneside.
Certainly Charlie Taylor at left-back and Harry Maguire at center-back would most definitely improve the Newcastle squad and just £12M for the two of them.
What do you think?