Newcastle United To Complete Full Team Of New Signings
After completing medicals yesterday, [intlink id=”45738″ type=”post”]Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles from Forest[/intlink] are due to be unveiled shortly as United’s latest new signings.
However, reports this morning claim that Newcastle are intending to make two more signings before the window closes, which would make it a full team of new players purchased in this window.
So this is how a (new signings) starting eleven could look if Mike Ashley really goes for it;
Daryl Janmaat, Jamaal Lascelles, VACANCY, Jack Colback
Remy Cabella, Siem De Jong
Facundo Ferreyra, VACANCY, Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez
Of the nine signings (including the Forest pair) so far, it has been a mixture of;
Future Promise – Lascelles, Darlow, Perez, Ferreyra
Squad Players – Colback, Riviere
International/Star Quality – Janmaat, De Jong, Cabella
The team line-up above, highlights a few things.
Of the players who will be available next season, Janmaat is the only defender.
What’s more, the layout of the team above shows clearly that even when it comes to midfielders, only Colback is in any way a defensive player. This is all good news for the many fans desperate to see potential goals and creativity added to the barren squad that played out the second half of last season.
However, to me there are still two glaring vacancies at Newcastle United and if these were filled then even the most avid of doubters would have to begin thinking some positivity for the new campaign.
The pre-season has shown United desperately need a quality centre-back, even in the matches where clean sheets have been kept the back four looks as rocky as last year, the Malaga match pointing to massive problems when Newcastle start playing against quality in a competitive situation.
The other desperate need, in my opinion is a real quality striker. Perez is a roll of the dice for the future, Riviere has no great goals record and only scored ten goals once in a league season, while Ferreyra is only on loan and so far has never played in a top league.
They can all make contributions but just how much better would it be if they were playing in and around a striker who already looks the real deal.
It is heartening to see Newcastle again linked with Alexandre Lacazette, already having played for France with a couple of substitute appearances, the striker scored 22 goals in all competition for Lyon last season and is a player on the up.
Get Lacazette and a quality centre-back through the door, then who knows what Newcastle United could achieve this coming season.
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