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Bargain Newcastle United signings in the summer – What’s on offer

1 month ago
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With the takeover uncertainty, it appears that when it comes to potential Newcastle United signings, we’ll be once again sniffing around the bargain bins for free transfers (Hendrick, Fraser and Gillespie all out of contract when signed in summer 2020) to bulk out our squad this coming summer.

So what potential bargain Newcastle United signings does that leave us with?

Who’s out of contract and who would we actually be able to get, who could realistically improve this Newcastle squad?

I’ve had a look at this list (via Transfermakt.co.uk) of those out of contract in June 2021 and have picked out a few in each area of the pitch who could at least offer something.

Note: I’ve left out goalkeepers as we have solid options there, with Dubravka an undisputed starter, Darlow a fine backup, and Woodman as a very impressive young talent. Also missing will be those who would never move be moving to Mike Ashley’s NUFC in a month of Sundays (sorry if you were expecting to see Aguero below.)

Defenders

Kyle Bartley

Not exactly an exciting addition but one we have already been linked with.

Wouldn’t challenge for a starting berth but with a few ending contracts of our own in this position, a new three CB system, and a worrying ability to always have a few injury crises at the back, wouldn’t be a terrible idea to shore things up a little. I’d certainly prefer a younger and more promising option but only working with what’s likely available.

Patrick Van Aanholt

Another player who has been solid, if not spectacular, in the past few seasons.

Could do worse than grab a player with that much experience, just to add some depth to the squad. Rumours that Leeds are also looking at him to replace their own out of contract Ezgjan Alioski, who is widely believed to be joining Galatasaray come the summer.

Midfielders

John Lundstram

Sheffield United have been confirmed as going down for a while now and clubs will be circling looking for a bargain.

Lundstram, who was a revelation in the Blades’ first season, has apparently had a falling out with the club due to contract issues and as such has been reduced to a bit part player, which has somewhat added to the woes of the club this season.

Eight goal involvements (five goals and three assists) from midfield (and occasionally wing back) is nothing to be sniffed at, and if we could get a player like that for a nominal fee, I would count that as a win. Anything to get rid of Jeff.

Jeffrey Schlupp

Another left sided Palace player, Schlupp is a bit of a versatility player.

I’ve seen him at left mid, left back, left wing back and I’m sure he’s played centrally a few times too. Given the lack of funds we’re meant to be dealing with, having a player that can play in a few positions could be seen as an asset. Plus if we can strengthen our bench while weakening another lower/mid table rival, all the better.

Strikers

Really slim pickings here, you’ve either got players who are never going to sign up for Mike Ashley’s NUFC (Aguero, Cavani, Giroud), or players who would be no better than what we already have (Benteke, Robson-Kanu). Only two decent options here…

Danny Welbeck

Obviously not a starter over WIlson and ASM, but over the past couple of seasons with Watford and Brighton, he’s shown he can still chip in with a few goals here and there.

I think given our current back-up options he might be worth a punt, depending on how much he’s going to demand in wages.

Josh King

Signed by Everton on a short-term deal, he’s not really kicked on after making the jump back to the Premier League (not really given much of a chance either, no PL starts for Everton and named on bench 13 times, only 131 minutes as a sub).

But again, he was good in bursts at Bournemouth for a few seasons, reminds me a little of Perez’ form for us, good for five games, anonymous for 10, rinse and repeat.

As long as you’re not relying on him to be your main striker, I again think he’s a better option than what we currently have sitting on our bench.

Not the most glamorous of options listed above but I think if we could get a few of those (Bartley, Lundstram and King would be my choices) and maybe scrape some cash from behind the sofa for a loan or two (or heaven forbid, an actual buy) we could go into the 21/22 season with a better looking squad than this season.

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