Newcastle United kick off the 2018/19 season, having had a successful summer in the transfer market, buying Kenedy for a club record fee, loaning Marcus Rashford for the season, and filling the problematic number 10 spot after quickly breaking that new transfer record with exciting signing…
I’m not saying this is going to happen, in fact at this moment in time I have pretty much zero hope that it will come to pass, but that doesn’t stop me at least dreaming.
The thing is, this level of investment and progression shouldn’t be seen as unachievable and I’m sure Rafa Benitez sees this as more than just a vague possibility.
The Marcus Rashford link has come via The Mail suggesting he could go out on loan and claiming that Leicester, Everton and Newcastle United have all registered their interest.
Loans between Premier League clubs have sadly become an ever greater presence in the English top tier, with the richer clubs stockpiling ever greater numbers of the promising young players, then loaning most of them out to both further develop them and help pay their wages.
Newcastle have rarely gone down this route, Mike Ashley not seeing the value in paying out big wages and sizeable loan fee, then helping increase the value of an asset for another club.
When Newcastle didn’t buy a single player in summer 2013, Ashley was then forced to allow the year long Loic Remy loan which worked out spectacularly well.
Christian Atsu was a lower level loan deal which has worked to an extent, the player doing ok in the Championship then contributing to a degree last season in the Premier League after a permanent move.
The Kenedy loan deal in January though, showed just how much a loan signing in the attacking positions could change the whole mood of the team.
If, and it is a big IF, Man Utd were to loan out Marcus Rashford, they wouldn’t let anybody else in the top six have him, so why shouldn’t Newcastle be a contender?
Just look at how well Everton did with Lukaku, when loaning him from Chelsea, then when buying the striker, plus when they sold him for massive money.
Leicester’s main man is Jamie Vardy , Everton spent £27m on Cenk Tosun only five months ago, whereas it would be easy for Newcastle to make Rashford their main man up front.
With Lukaku the central striker, when Marcus Rashford does get a game it is pretty much always in a wide position.
He is clearly desperate to play through the middle and show what he can do as the main forward at a club, in his first three seasons he has scored five, five and seven goals in the Premier League. He clearly has the potential to score 20+ goals if given the chance, his performance and goal the other day for England backs that up.
As for Newcastle United, it will be criminal if we don’t make a strong play to buy Kenedy this summer, a bid of £15m+ would surely tempt Chelsea where the winger stands no chance of ever getting regular football.
Then if Rafa Benitez was similarly backed to bring in a new number 10 of similar quality to Rashford and Kenedy, everybody would be bouncing.
In today’s market, around £40m for this trio to enable them to line up for Newcastle next season would be a real bargain, especially if Mitrovic went out for the best part of £20m or so to subsidise it.
With those three signings giving the added flair and goals, it would then complement Matt Ritchie in completing the attacking quartet, his workrate and willingness to track back meaning his lack of real pace or ability to beat a man wouldn’t be such a negative.
With Diame and Shelvey sitting in the midfield I think you are getting the picture…
A bit like Kenedy arriving in January, Newcastle are desperate this summer for injections of real quality in a number of positions, with the defence needing less immediate attention it allows the vast majority of any budget to go on creativity and goalscoring.
Rafa Benitez is pragmatic and would be happy to do whatever it takes to progress, including a mixture of buys and loans.
All he needs is the green light from the fat controller, then he can get to work.