There is an article in the Sun linking another goalkeeper to Newcastle. It was only a few weeks ago that we were linked with Kevin Trapp of PSG who spent this past season on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Walter Benitez– Excellent young Argentinian goalkeeper
Walter Benitez, no relation to Rafa, has had an outstanding season for OGC Nice in Ligue 1. He has saved 81 per cent of all shots on target which leads all goalkeepers in the big five European leagues.
Benitez joined Nice on a free transfer in the summer of 2016 from Argentinian club Quilmes Atletico. While he didn’t play much his first season, he has been their number one for the past two seasons making 70 appearances over that span.
With Rob Elliot likely to leave this summer, Newcastle could be looking at bringing in a new keeper to push number one Martin Dubravka. Backups Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman featured sparingly this past season with only four appearances between them.
Both Darlow and Woodman have just one year remaining on their contracts. While we like both of these keepers, we only rate Darlow as a very dependable back up. We also would like to see Freddie Woodman loaned out for a full season to see how he performs.
We felt he looked a bit shaky in his three FA Cup appearances this season. While we would like to see him signed to a new contract, a full season on loan would be beneficial for the youngster.
Benitez, who was left out of the Argentinian Copa America squad, had this to say about that and the links to premier league clubs:
“I like the Premier League. It’s a very important league and I would like to play there one day.”
“I don’t think that moving to England is the only way for me to be in the Argentinian team, because the main thing is my performances.”
“But to play in the Premier League would probably be good for my chances in the national team.”
“I have recently signed with Wasserman football agency, so I feel like my career is heading in the right direction”
According to the report, both Crystal Palace and Wolves are interested in the young shot-stopper. We would like to see another keeper brought in to push Dubravka as that would leave three quality keepers for next season if Elliot were to leave and Woodman went out on loan.
Competition for places is vital to get the best out of individual players. This was very apparent in central midfield and central defense at Newcastle last season.
Players like Fabian Schar, Isaac Hayden, and Sean Longstaff had to wait their turn to get into the side. However, once they did they cemented their place.
If Newcastle can get this type of squad depth in other areas of the pitch as well, they could be a force to reckon with.