We had assumed the players we tried to get in during the transfer window and for whatever reason were not successful, will still be top targets in the summer.
That seems to be playing out with Newcastle said to be keen to bring in players like James McCarthy, Tom Cairney, Nicholas Pepe and Gabriel Pires this summer.
There hasn’t been too much said about Andros Townsend, who was the one that Rafa was expecting to be signed on the very last day of the January transfer window, but he wasn’t and the manager was not happy.
There’s a great relationship between Rafa Benitez and Andros Townsend
Rafa really rates him
We assume Newcastle can still invoke the £13M release clause in his contract and one reason Mike Ashley did not want to bring him in on loan in January was that Palace wanted a £2M loan fee and then Newcastle could sign him in the summer for the £13M release clause.
It seems that Ashley wasn’t willing to pay that extra £2M for him in January, so we would have thought Andros would be one of the very first players we would sign – and he could still be.
With big Sam Allardyce surprisingly resigning from Crystal Palace yesterday and it’s looking like his days as a manager may be over as a manager.
Sam wants to concentrate more on family life and it could be a good time for Newcastle to move in for the winger who played great for us in the last several games of our Premier League season.
Sam mentioned what a number of older folk start to think as they get older in his statement to the press yesterday – here’s some of it:
“I have no ambitions to take another job.” “I want to be able to savor life while I am still relatively young, and when I am still relatively healthy enough to do all the things I want to do.”
“Like travel, spend more time with my family and grandchildren without the huge pressure that comes with being a football manager.”
“This is the right time for me. I simply want to be able to enjoy all the things you cannot really enjoy with the 24/7 demands of managing any football club, let alone one in the Premier League.”
Those are good words from big Sam and Sunderland fans will not be happy to read them ……
Even though Andros left us in our time of need, fans would welcome him back to the club and he tweeted this yesterday on his Twitter account regarding the Sam Allardyce shock news.
— Andros Townsend (@andros_townsend) May 23, 2017
Some of our fans then took the opportunity to respond on Twitter and say it’s time for him to return to Newcastle – good thinking!
But he already knows he’s still very much wanted on Tyneside, so we assume he’s on his way back to Newcastle this summer?
He would be an excellent signing for us – again.
What do you think?