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‘These are three Newcastle United signings I would make’

1 month ago
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With the transfer window officially opening on the 10th of June (although other clubs have already made some summer signings, which will be formally registered by the Premier League when the window opens) we now need to prepare ourselves for pandemonium of rumours, offers being allegedly submitted and then the genuine bids being accepted or rejected.

This particular window for Newcastle United fans is bound to be an exciting one, with it being the first summer window in which our new owners oversee proceedings.

It appears that undoubtedly that there will be a lot of movement in and out at St James Park, with an overhaul needed in order for the team to take the next step…potentially even pushing for a European spot next season.

Therefore, I have outlined three ideal Newcastle United signings I would love to see us make in the coming weeks / months to help us progress up the table after a strong finish to last season.

Now these may not be the absolutely most realistic, as I have tried to look more towards the idealistic side, also trying to stray away from the obvious names such as Lucas Paqueta etc.

These are three Newcastle United signings I would make this summer…if possible

Moussa Diaby

Moussa Diaby is a young French winger, aged 22, currently applying his trade out in Germany for Bayern Leverkusen, and doing so admirably. This past year was unquestionably his best so far, an impressive 13 goals and 12 assists in the Bundesliga alone.

He possesses lightning speed, breezing past opponents with ease, his dangerous skill complementing his natural abilities.

You may argue that at Newcastle United we own players who have that ability already, but one thing he holds over what we currently have is regular end product, shown through his goal involvements this year. Plus the number of overall chances created for teammates (56 this season).

He’s had experience in European football, playing Champions League and Europa League for Bayer Leverkusen, has already ben capped for his national team five times. All very impressive for a man of his age.

He’d certainly be an improvement on what we have at the club, giving competition to Allan Saint-Maximin also.

However, it’s obvious that Leverkusen would demand a very significant fee for their starlet, with reported valuations being upwards of £60 million, but a fee I feel would be entirely worth it for a man of his talent and potential.

Gianluca Scamacca

This out and out number nine has burst onto the scene this year for Sassuolo in Italy, with his strength and somewhat unnatural agility for a man of his height (6’5).

His presence alone makes him a danger to defences around the world, so this amalgamated with his finishing qualities makes him a more than decent option for the magpies.

This season he scored 16 goals in Serie A (25 starts, 11 sub appearances) for a mediocre Sassuolo side, scoring with both feet and his head of course.

The fact he is two footed is a massive part of his game, as it means defenders can never be too sure where he will turn to. With ability in the air, natural instinct and eye for goal, it means he can act as a target man for crosses from Kieran Trippier for example, which will be much to the Englishman’s delight.

He’s also got age on his side, only being 23 so there’s certainly more to come from this guy and I don’t see a reason why we shouldn’t take the plunge, as his arrogance and determination makes him seem like the perfect number nine to lead the toon line.

Again, there’s interest in this man, meaning the price tag will only go up, not helped by clubs being very aware of our serious wealth, a fee of around 35 to 40 million pounds would be expected I think.

Florian Grillitsch

Florian Grillitsch is a more defensively minded player than the two suggested targets above, playing a number six role for Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

A big bonus on this one is that he would cost absolutely nothing to bring in, as his contract is due to expire at the end of June, with the Austrian international showing no interest in renewing his contract, instead reported to be exploring options for a new challenge abroad. So where better than in the North-East of England?

As aforementioned, he sits in a deep role as Jonjo Shelvey currently does, but with Shelvey ageing and the need for back up in that area necessary, a man who would be free of charge is a no-brainer to me. He has great ability to break the lines and create a firm link between defence and midfield, allowing his sides to transition well and start counter-attacks efficiently.

With him happy to sit and allow others to progress up the pitch, providing cover to the defence, it would give more freedom to the likes of Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton.

As per usual, there is demand over the player, with reports of Arsenal being interested, but it wouldn’t be the first time we beat them to a signature…

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