The Independent is reporting today that Rafa Benitez wants a complete overhaul of the Newcastle squad and while that’s not really surprising, the fact they say he wants Stoke City center-back Ryan Shawcross is.
The Chronicle last week reported that Rafa wanted six new players brought into the squad who could immediately play in the first team and he will also need to get rid of a number of players who have no future at the club.
It seems odd that Newcastle want Shawcross who turns 30 in October, but there again he has massive Premier League experience having played the last nine seasons with Stoke City in the Premier League amassing over 270 Premier League appearances for them.
Ryan Shawcross – 29 year-old Stoke center-back
Newcastle do need a top center-back brought in this summer with Chancel Mbemba likely to leave the club.
The world-class manager will be targeting players who have shown they are good enough to play well in the Premier League.
We thought that maybe Ryan would become a free agent this summer, which was why Rafa was interested in him, but his contract at Stoke still has another 14 months to run.
We’re sure Mike Ashley would like to have younger players come into the Newcastle squad in the summer, but we do expect Mike to back Rafa 100%.
So it will be interesting to see if Rafa will still have a free hand in the transfer market this summer.
For the sake of Newcastle United and for the owner of the club, Mike Ashley – he should have.
What do you think?