5 World Cup Stars That Pardew Should Sign
Every major football tournament precipitates a frenzied summer of player trading and this forthcoming transfer window will be no exception. Ahead of a vital season, Newcastle United need to spend more wisely than ever.
Here are five current World Cup stars who stand a chance of improving things at St James’s Park.
25 year old Valencia scored all three of Ecuador’s goals at the World Cup and the Pachuca striker would have stood a chance of a tilt at the Golden Boot had he received better support from his team mates.
The striker’s record with his Mexican employers is a prolific one and after signing in January this year, Valencia has 18 goals in 23 league games for Pachuca. A return of seven strikes in 12 full internationals suggests that he can cut it in a more competitive environment and while the Ecuadorian looks to be an ideal replacement for Loic Remy, the Magpies will face competition from Spurs, Everton and possibly more.
The highly underrated Algerians were always likely to trouble the bigger nations at the World Cup and ahead of their final group match against Russia, the so-called minnows are one point away from a place in the next round.
Among this impressive squad is 26 year old striker Slimani who, unlike many of his international team mates, has already begun a career in European football. Eight goals in 26 games for Sporting Lisbon may not be anything to get excited about but his opening strike in the defeat of South Korea showed pace, aggression, determination and a clinical finish – qualities that will be much in demand for the campaign that lies ahead.
It’s no surprise to see at least three Frenchmen linked with the club although Montpelier’s Cabella is the only one of the trio to be present at the World Cup. Ironically, the 24 year old replaced another alleged target, Clement Grenier, who withdrew through injury ahead of the tournament.
Cabella is an attacking midfielder who has a healthy scoring ratio of better than one goal every four games for his French club side. That’s the type of contribution that Yohan Cabaye used to provide and although he’s yet to be given his chance at Brazil 2014, his absence from the field of play could be good news for Newcastle as it should keep the transfer fee down.
19 year old Origi is the latest in a long line of promising Belgian youngsters, set to follow the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke into the big leagues. Currently with Lille, the striker / winger has just two goals in 44 appearances at club level but his winning strike for Belgium against Russia suggests that the teenager has immense potential.
Liverpool and Spurs are said to be chasing his signature but whereas the player is likely to spend more time on the bench at Anfield or White Hart Lane, Newcastle can offer him the game time he needs at this stage of his career.
Hopefully, Alan Pardew won’t have to replace Tim Krul this summer but if the Dutchman moves on, Stoke’s Begovic would be a perfect replacement. The Bosnian could do little as a fragile defence saw his country on the first flight back from Brazil but the stopper has been a consistent performer for the Potters.
It seems that the 27 year old has been linked with a move away from Stoke ever since he arrived at the Britannia in 2010 but while the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool continue to keep their distance, he could now be tempted by a team such as Newcastle. Stoke have Jack Butland in reserve, ready to take over, so this deal could certainly make sense.
Newcastle are being talked of in some quarters as a value bet for relegation at 8.00 with Betfair. Ten teams have shorter odds for 2014-15 but it’s clear that some shrewd purchases need to be made this summer in order to improve on the woeful end to the previous campaign.
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