Valentino Lazaro (what a name!) turns 24 today, and of the three players we have had on loan since January, he has looked the best player.
He has provided some real speed, skill, and class down the right-wing, and as he played more games, he was producing some good crosses into the middle and scored a goal too.
That was in the 3–2 win over West Bromwich Albion to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
Whether we can play that game now remains hugely uncertain.
You can never really tell, but Valentino from his comments seemed to love life at Newcastle, and he will have other offers this summer.
He is also popular with the Geordie fans.
Newcastle have an option to buy Lazaro for £20M, so he’s not cheap – but we think he would be good value.
He has played 28 times for Austria with 3 goals, and he’s played for all the Austrian Youth sides starting at U16.
We’d love to see him signed this summer – he is still young and can improve, and he’s also a better player in his position than we have at the moment.
That’s what Steve Bruce wants, and maybe three or four top players brought in this summer can help improve the side immensely.
That’s the hope anyway.
What do you think?