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5 Newcastle United players who will survive the takeover

3 days ago
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With the new dawn upon the Toon, new owners, financially invested “asset managers” and self-proclaimed deep pockets, it’s not crazy to think Newcastle will be looking to overhaul the playing staff over the next few transfer windows.

Many people are talking about who the club could or should be buying but let’s not forget the Newcastle United players that are already here.

Instead of creating some Football Manager cheat mode wish list, we’re going to look at Newcastle United players that could stake a place in the team for many seasons to come.

Allan Saint-Maximin

Allan Saint-Maximin is one of the most exciting players in the league and arguably the most exciting outside of the ‘big’ six.

It’s no surprise that Allan will remain for a while now. He made it public in the 2021 Summer transfer window that he would be looking at moving on if the club continued to show no ambition. Well, that’s no longer the case at Newcastle, it’s clear he isn’t the finished article and his potential as a player is what excites a lot of fans. However, his injury record continues to be a concern.

With a competent manager and investment into the training ground, medical facilities and better use of sports science, not only will Allan become a better player, but we should also hopefully see a drop in terms of his injuries.

Martin Dubravka

Dubravka has to go down as one of the best transfers of the Mike Ashley era.

Not a known entity to anyone without a keen interest in Slovakian football, unless your name is Benitez.

Dubravka has been a solid player for Newcastle, named 2018 Player of the Year by the North East Football Writers Association. In 2019 FourFourTwo ranked Dubravka as the twentieth best player of the Premier League, ranking higher than Liverpool’s Alisson and Manchester United’s De Gea.

Yes, he’s had his injury issues in recent times, but he’s proven he’s good enough for the league and with other positions on the pitch in a much worse state, it’s safe to say a new goalkeeper is not a priority.

Joe Willock

In my opinion, Newcastle’s survival last season was owed in no small part to Joe Willock.

Scoring in seven consecutive games is no easy feat. Joe is in fact the youngest player in Premier League history to do it! The only other man to achieve this in black and white is Alan Shearer himself.

At just 22 he’s got a long and potentially great career ahead of him.

Miguel Almiron

Miguel Almiron quickly made himself a fan favourite, partly by being the player to finally break Michael Owen’s transfer record that stood for 14 years, but mostly because he just does not stop running.

Newcastle United is a club that holds players, who give everything they have in a game, very close to their hearts.

Newcastle United players like Jonas Gutierrez, who may not have been the most talented, but was one of the most dedicated and relentless.

With attacking midfielders coming at a premium, especially those that would be an upgrade on Miguel, the funds Newcastle have would be much better suited to strengthening other positions on the pitch.

Jamaal Lascelles

This is probably the most controversial choice on the list, as Jamaal has his critics., but hear me out…

On the 10th of March, 2018, I was sat in the Milburn, watching Kenedy score an incredible early brace and a Matt Ritchie trademark volley. We comfortably beat Southampton that day, and despite the goals and glory, it was a brilliant performance from Lascelles that caught the eye.

After the game, walking down the street to celebrate with one too many pints, the crowd started to sing: “Southgate’s got his number, he’s taking him to Russia!”

Jamaal Lascelles is a good centre back, less flashy and not as quick as some, but solid and vocal. His ability to speak up and not take any prisoners in the changing room, especially when Newcastle went down, is what earnt him the armband under Benitez.

That ability to call out a player not pulling their weight, regardless of their name, wages or experience will be vital and setting out expectations with new “big money” arrivals.

Next to a good ball playing centre back, Jamaal could be vital in the transition from Mike Ashley’s budget ball, to the dizzy heights of actual top level football.

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