Newcastle United

Benitez must sign this £31.5m-rated flop to prove he is better than old rival Jose Mourinho

The Toon Army have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late, now that their side seem to have turned a corner with regards to their Premier League form.

Newcastle United seem to have overcome a slump in recent weeks after picking up 2 victories and a draw in their last 4 league matches. Their only defeat in this period arrived at home to league-leaders Manchester City shortly before the turn of the year. Their next four fixtures in the league could make or break their season, as they face relegation rivals Swansea City and Crystal Pace as well as ties against Burnley and Manchester City.

The month of January is always a defining month of the season, as clubs across the English top-flight search far and wide for players who are both fairly priced and of a desirable quality – finding a player who matches this description can often be an impossible task.

With that being said, Rafa Benitez would be wise to consider bringing a player on loan to St James’ Park this month, rather than paying over the odds to sign a player on a permanent contract.

And Benitez might not have to look beyond the Premier League for a sensational loan move this month, as Manchester United’s Henrik Mhkitaryan’s limited number of appearances this season suggests Mourinho will allow him to leave this month.

The Armenian midfielder couldn’t buy a starting berth in Mourinho’s first-team eleven for love nor money at this moment in time, so a loan move appears logical for all parties concerned.

Mkhitaryan – rated at £31.50m on Transfermarkt – has fallen desperately below the standard that was expected of him when he made his move to Manchester from Borussia Dortmund, and many people have blamed Mourinho for his inability to help him rediscover the form he demonstrated in Germany.

Therefore, by signing Mkhitaryan on a temporary loan deal, Benitez will improve Newcastle’s chances of beating the drop this season, and also give himself the opportunity to score a personal point on Mourinho by getting the best out of the Armenian ace – a feat that the United manager has failed to accomplish so far.

Thoughts? 

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