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These are quality potential Newcastle signings – Every position covered

12 months ago
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It’s called the close season but in actual fact, it is more like silly season, especially at SJP. So I thought I would take silly season to the next level by making a realistic list of potential names I think it would do no harm in looking at this summer.

Of course I don’t have the huge database, or knowledge, or experience that Rafa has, but I reckon I would give Lee Charnley a good run for his money though.

If fans can’t talk about which players they would like us to sign, then really, what is the point?

I have tried my best to be as realistic as possible – although a truly realistic list of players we could sign this summer would feature about 5 young loan signings, but where is the fun in that?

The only position I have omitted is the goalkeeper, with Dubravka, Elliot, Darlow and Woodman in that department, I think we are just fine.

Right-Backs

Ryan Fredericks:

I have spoken to a few Fulham fans over the past year who have been keen to stress that although he isn’t as young, Fredericks has arguably been the outstanding full-back at Fulham over Sessegnon. Having seem him play quite a few times he has always looked half-decent, and perhaps has more of a presence about him compared to Yedlin, though it is strongly rumoured that West Ham are set to sign Fredericks.

Kevin Mbabu:

Anyone? I am not going to pretend to have seen anything of Mbabu since he left SJP but if recent reports are true, he could be heading back to the Premier League after impressing in Switzerland. I think he was well liked on Tyneside and many were upset to see him go. I would have him back.

Centre-Backs

Rob Holding or Callum Chambers:

Given the fact that Emery has just came in at Arsenal, I would expect at least one of these young English defenders to be on their way out of the Emirates this summer. I would take either of them. Both versatile, both half-decent, and could certainly provide proper competition to Lejeune at a decent price.

Pontus Jansson:

Somewhat of a stalwart at Leeds and a really good centre-half every time I have seen him play (albeit at Championship level). Still at a decent age too, my only worry is that Leeds would want a fortune (£15-20 million) for someone who is probably their best player.

Ben Gibson:

I am by no means someone who jumped on the Ben Gibson bandwagon during Boro’s most recent season in the PL. However, there is no denying that he is a good central defender who has proved that he can compete at this level. Having come so close this season, he may feel that this summer might be his last chance at a proper move to the PL, so could he be persuaded to go?

Unrealistic target:

David Luiz:

I admit its never going to happen, but if he did want to stay in the PL, I would love to see him in a Newcastle shirt.

Left-Back

Robbie Brady:

Versatile player who can play left-back, left midfield, and centre midfield. I actually think he is a ‘Rafa’ type of player too. Similar to Matt Ritchie in many respects that although he may lack quality in terms of getting past a man at times, he is half-decent and will run all day for you. Set-piece taker too.

Fabian Delph:

Another player who can compete with Dummett at left-back and has the bonus of being extra versatile. If he was available for £10-12 million, I think most teams outside of the top 6 would see him as a no-brainer.

Kieran Tierney:

Player with a massive future. I think the only thing keeping him at Celtic right now is the prospect of winning ’10 in a row’ and going down as a legend. Will undoubtedly be playing in the PL at some point and would be a big upgrade on Dummett if it were possible.

Centre Midfield

Joe Allen:

Saw in the Chronicle that he would be available for £20 million. I certainly wouldn’t pay that much for him but for anywhere in between £10-15 I think he could be a decent buy in the middle of the park.

James McCarthy:

I think it is well documented that Rafa is a big fan of his and so am I. Could definitely be a good partner alongside Shelvey.

Frenkie De Jong:

A big name back in Holland. I know we haven’t had our best luck with ‘De Jongs’ but this is a young player (21) with a big future. More likely that he will go to a better team though.

Slightly unrealistic target:

William Carvalho:

Guaranteed to move on this summer due to the turmoil at Sporting, linked with West Ham and Everton in the past, so no reason why we can’t have a go?

Right Wing

Xherdan Shaqiri:

For the right money, I think is a no brainer. On the other hand, is he the type of player that in the past we would have been glad to be rid of? Who knows. Worth the risk? Yes.

Malcolm:

Been around at Bordeaux for a while now and has been linked with every big team in Europe at some point. Will likely end up at a middle ranking club – could it be us?

Josh Murphy:

You may laugh! We were linked with him last summer too, and for a cheap price, he could do half a job. Who were the last brothers to play for Newcastle? I can think of the Robledos, De Jongs, Ameobis, Withes, Caldwells, … is there more?

Left Wing

Anthony Knockaert:

Shown himself to be more than good enough at this level last season. No disrespect to Brighton but I think he would jump at the opportunity to make the jump to a club like Newcastle.

Marcus Coco:

You may have never heard of him but as a keen follower of French football I think this is a guy will be playing at a decent level in the next few years. Playing regularly at Guingamp and probably wouldn’t cost a bomb.

Ryan Sessegnon:

I would pay £25 million for him, plus Mitrovic.

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No.10

Jack Grealish:

Big player at Aston Villa since January. Has been linked with a £25 million move to Leicester. Definitely don’t think he is worth that much though.

Mikel Oyarzabal:

A young player who has been at Sociedad for a while. If Rafa is to venture into the Spanish market, I would be surprised if he wasn’t high up on the list. Played a lot of senior football over the past few years and has already played for the Spanish senior side.

Ruben Loftus Cheek:

My pick for a number 10. Likely to leave Chelsea, and if we have £15 million to spend on a number 10 then I don’t think we could go much wrong with this guy.

Striker

Jay Rodriguez:

Had a decent season at West Brom, and I think he is just the type of player who fit into this side. Consistent and reliable, also knows where the goal is. Scored seven goals in a pretty horrific West Brom team.

Kevin Gameiro:

I first saw Kevin Gameiro playing for Lorient at Saint Etienne in 2010. The only reason being, Lyon weren’t playing at home that weekend and Saint Etienne is only a 30 minute drive. Gameiro was the best player on the pitch, he scored the winner and I have followed him ever since – 31 years old now after spells at Atletico, Sevilla and PSG, would be much better than Torres.

Unrealistic target;

Mario Balotelli:

Still scoring goals at Nice… just a thought.

(Jonathan did an earlier article suggesting seven potential loan signings – read it HERE)

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