Here we are at the start of another transfer season. While right now Rafa is on everyone’s mind, this squad could be greatly improved with a few key signings.
Rafa Benitez – New contract is top priority
We will look at what areas of the pitch that need strengthening. We’ll do this under the assumption that most of the squad stays intact.
Recruitment at both wingback positions will be vital in this window. Matt Ritchie has slotted in beautifully on the left but there is little in terms of cover or competition.
With Newcastle almost certain to not trigger Antonio Barecca’s option to buy, a left wingback is a crucial area for recruitment. Wasn’t that the case last season as well?
The other side of the pitch is also lacking at wingback. While we like DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo has been a bit better lately, this position needs an upgrade.
Another midfielder is also necessary. Isaac Hayden is likely to leave but his tweet yesterday left the door open. Ki Sung-yeung is 30 and may not get a contract beyond next season. Mohamed Diame is looking more likely to be leaving on a free.
Even if Hayden does stay, another midfielder should be brought in. A young player like Thiago Maia would be a great signing. He would bring something extra and would have time to adapt to the Premier League if bought this summer.
We would also like to see a versatile attacker who could push both Almiron and Ayoze Perez. Maybe someone like Nikola Vlasic.
While we have yet to see much of Yoshinori Muto, his lack of time on the pitch is concerning. He did score a beautiful goal in the gut punch at Man United. Kenedy will be leaving so his place will need to be filled.
Lastly, we need a striker in addition to Rondon. We are hoping Rondon will come on a permanent but that seems to be a sticking point between Rafa and Ashley. We are going to be optimistic about Salomon.
Joselu is just not good enough. While he gives his all and is sound technically, he is just not a finisher.
A younger Rondon type player who can learn from the Venezuelan would be perfect. A player who can win then hold the ball and put also put in the back of the net.
This position is so key to the way Newcastle play.
These are the positions we think need strengthening.
What do you think?