Mick Quinn has came up with the names of four players who Newcastle United could realistically sign this summer and who would significantly strengthen the team/squad.
Whilst every man and his dog is throwing names into the air, the consensus amongst most Newcastle fans would be that at least some signings already proven in the Premier League would be ideal.
That is the route Mick Quinn has gone down, coming up with four interesting names that could be feasible.
Mick Quinn speaking on Talksport:
“You might not be able to buy them but you would be able to loan them – Iheanacho from Manchester City – he has pace and scores every time he comes on.
“Then you have Batshuayi at Chelsea – there are two players with pace up front.
“Then I would also like to see Joe Hart in goal and Michael Carrick – for the experience.”
Dealing with the last name first, Michael Carrick has said on a number of occasions that the chance of him ever playing for Newcastle is in the past.
However, until concrete interest is shown, you never know how any player will react. Carrick turns 36 in July but in his 17 Premier League starts and three off the bench, he always seems to still make Manchester United a better team when he plays.
As for Joe Hart, after a year on loan at Torino, it is difficult to see him becoming first choice at Manchester City again. He is undoubtedly capable of being a top quality Premier League goalkeeper again and with the World Cup in Russia to aim at, will surely want regular first team football, preferably in England.
Now 30 years old, it is no age for a keeper, and whilst Newcastle have some good goalkeepers, it is hard to argue that any of them are top class.
Things looked bright for Iheanacho last season, aged 19 he made 26 Premier League appearances for Manchester City and scored 8 league goals in seven starts and another 19 off the bench.
However, with Man City yet again spending massively last summer, the now 20 year old Nigerian international finds himself behind both Sergio Aguero and new favourite Gabriel Jesus. Rather than progressing, Iheanacho has only made five Premier League starts this time, as well as 14 off the bench, scoring four league goals.
With Man City very likely to buy again this summer, it could make sense all round for Iheanacho to go out on loan for a year.
Likewise, Michy Batshuayi.
The Belgian striker is the latest to be swallowed up by Chelsea and rarely to be seen again.
Despite paying almost £35m last summer, the 23 year old hasn’t made a single Premier League start. A succession of very brief sub appearances have seen him score a solitary league goal, although he has scored for goals in seven FA/League Cup appearances.
He scored 23 goals in 45 starts (plus 5 off the bench) in his final (2015/16) season at Marseille and there were claims in the French media that Newcastle tried to buy him in the January 2016 window as they desperately fought relegation.
However, Marseille were said to have instantly knocked this back, as they were confident of getting far more money if waiting until the end of that season, which turned out to be the case.
Like a number of other players, Batshuayi will have one eye on the World Cup in Russia and desperately needs first team football next season, especially with Chelsea tipped to go out and buy the best striker they can possibly get this summer, as they prepare for Champions League football and defending their imminent Premier League crown. So even if Diego Costa does end up in China, opportunities for Batshuayi would almost certainly be very limited.