Rafa wants to improve the playing standards at all levels at Newcastle, and that means bringing in some good young players during the summer who can play initially for the U23 side.
That’s especially true this summer with Rafa having allowed 18 players in the U23 squad to leave the club.
One player Newcastle have been watching according to the Chronicle is Tottenham’s 19-year-old attacking midfielder Marcus Edwards who Mauricio Pochettino has already described as a mini-Messi.
Edwards has played for all the England Youth sides from U16 through U20, and he is a skillful and creative player who usually plays on the right wing.
Marcus has played 48 times for England Youth sides and scored 15 goals.
19-year-old Marcus Edwards – a mini-Messi
However, in January he went on loan to Norwich City, but after playing only 6 minutes for the club. the loan move was cut short and he returned to Tottenham.
The Telegraph reported that he was late for most of the training sessions and also late for team meetings – and that doesn’t go down well at any club – and they questioned his attitude and mentality.
Discipline is needed in football and Newcastle had the case of Nile Ranger who was also shoddy with his time-keeping.
The result was that Ranger’s lack of discipline, commitment and effort have cost him what could have been an excellent career in football.
If Marcus Edwards has those same tendencies, then that could also prove challenging and difficult to overcome.
Edwards wants to get first-team football next season and is willing to go out on loan, but Rafa Benitez wouldn’t take him if he doesn’t turn up on time for training sessions.
However, if Rafa thinks he can motivate the player and bring the best out of him, then Edwards could be a surprise signing for us this summer – on loan.
Marcus would seem to be a young player we could sign on loan with an option to buy next year.
There could be flaws in the character of the 19-year-old and you cannot be successful in any job if you don’t have the necessary discipline and fortitude to overcome problems that will always come up.
If Rafa does sign him on loan for Newcastle, he will want to have an option to buy in the loan contract.
That’s in case he makes Marcus into a (very) good player at Newcastle, much like he did with Kenedy, but his price then went up.
Marcus certainly has the creativity and skill we need in the Newcastle team, but he may prove too much of a risk for Mr. Benitez.
What do you think?