It’s clear that Newcastle need to strengthen the defense this summer when again hopefully we will be back in the Premier League, just as long as we don’t keep throwing points away like we did last night against Leeds United.
We should be able to do it and maybe a couple of wins in the last four games will do it, but we need 7 points in case Huddersfield can win all of their remaining five games of the season.
But then once we are up everything will turn to strengthening the Newcastle squad this summer and we have been a little shaky in the last seven games with just two wins and 9 points – not good enough.
We need at least a top center-back and a left back brought in to challenge Paul Dummett for the left-back spot.
We have been linked with Hull City’s Harry Maquire and also with Stoke City caption Ryan Shawcross who has both leadership skills and nine seasons in the Premier League with Stoke since joining them from Manchester United in August, 2007, when he was just 19.
What a great signing he’s turned out to be for Stoke and he’s played 376 times for the Potters with 23 goals.
That’s exactly what Rafa will be looking for – leadership at the back and Premier league experience too and it seems that Shawcross fits the bill.
Ryan has just one year left on his contract, but the Mail is reporting today that Stoke are keen to keep him at the club and offer him a new deal.
Obviously Stoke manager Mark Hughes would not be happy if he left in the summer and he had this to say:
“We’re looking to sit down and re-contract him, along with others.” “That would make sense for everybody. Talk of a move is pure speculation.”
Mark hopes that talk of a move is pure speculation.
But Newcastle would be able to top any wage that the Potters could offer him, plus he gets to join a resurgent Newcastle United club under world-class manager Rafa Benitez.
That’s just one of the reasons Rafa will have a huge clear out of fringe players this summer to loosen up the wage bill so we can get better players in.
If we cannot sell them they will go out on loan for next season so we at least the club gets their wages paid for.
We had an article out on that this morning in which we identified 11 players who seem to have no future at the club and 7 others who have questionable futures.
The Mail reports today that Ryan seems to want to leave the club this summer with Brighton, Watford and Leicester City also interested.
Of those four clubs I know which one I would join if I was Ryan.
Of course I’m a bit biased but Newcastle, the only big club of the four, would be a great destination for the 29 year-old.
And it wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle haven’t already let their targets in the summer know we want them at the new revitalized Newcastle United.
What do you think?