We listed as many transfer targets as we could in a poll of ours we issued yesterday and gave each reader 6 votes to vote which 6 players they want brought in this summer.
So we can see the top six players the fans want – but of course in reality they will have to fill the positions Rafa wants to strengthen this summer.
They are thought to be center-back, left-back, central midfield, winger and two strikers.
Fulham’s 26 year-old John Cairney – top choice
We could not think of too many strikers we have been linked with and think Rafa may surprise us all this summer with the strikers he signs.
But given the (too) many chances we missed this seasons that’s definitely a big area of improvement for the team.
But the fact we created so many chances is a good sign – that’s the hard part – putting the chances away is much easier.
The top player fans want is Fulham’s 26 year-old John Cairney who is supposed to be the number one target of Newcastle’s this summer – maybe that was an influence?
This lad can improve a lot under Rafa and he’s said to be ambitious to prove himself in the Premier League.
We are almost sure he’s been asked already if he would be interested in signing for us this summer and he would be a fantastic signing for just £10M
Second in the voting is Ryan Shawcross – so he’s the top center-back according to the fans – he would be a fabulous signing for us and add stability and experience at the back.
Then it’s a fight between Shawcross Lascelles and Clark as to who are the starting two in central defense next season?
Andros Townsend is the next in line and he will fill the winger position – surely this lad will return to Newcastle given the fans have forgiven him for leaving?
He can be great again under Rafa’s tutelage and while he seems happy enough at Crystal Palace lately – maybe that’s because he knows Newcastle will sign him this summer.
He’s a lucky lad if that happens – but Rafa wants him back – he’s made no secret of that – he rates Andros highly.
Next up is 16 year-old Ryan Sessegnon of Fulham who made the PFA Championship Team of the Season – but how much would he cost?
Probably far too much – but he’s the left-back fans want to challenge Paul Dummett next season – but we think some of the top six English clubs could make a move for him this summer.
Maybe I am underestimating the draw of Newcastle United under the great Rafa Benitez?
That could be true.
Fifth in the voting is perhaps a world super-star of the future – Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht – a fabulous young creative midfielder and what a player this lad already is – at just 19 years old.
Again – as with Sessegnon – how much would this lad cost – maybe too much for Newcastle?
If we do sign this lad I’d have to seriously watch my blood pressure.
And the sixth player on the list is center-back Michael Keane of Burnley – the former young Manchester United center-back.
He’s proved this season at Burnley that’s he’s a Premier League class center-back and he’s just 24 years-old and still learning.
Maybe Shawcross and Keane would come at about the same price – and it could depend on the best deal Newcastle can get for each player as to who arrives.
It will be interesting to see the caliber of players Rafa Benitez brings in this summer – we hope he shocks us all by the class he can attract.
That would be great!
Here are the results.