Newcastle United supporters have been pretty despondent in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side go down 3-0 at home to high-flying Watford on Saturday, in turn suffering their fourth successive Premier League defeat.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Hornets off the back of losses at the hands of Burnley, Bournemouth, and Manchester United, and would have hoped for home comforts against Marco Silva’s side on Saturday. However, it wasn’t to be as goals from Will Hughes and Andre Gray, as well as an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin, sealed a comprehensive victory for Watford at St James’ Park, thus tightening their grip on eighth place in the Premier League table, while at the same time instigating Newcastle’s fall to 14th.
Consequently, there have been many disappointed and deflated Magpies fans in the Tavern in recent days, many of whom are wondering where it has all gone wrong for their side given that Benitez’s men made a solid start to the campaign.
Elsewhere, there has been plenty for our resident Newcastle supporters to get their teeth into, not least a recent report suggesting that the North East giants are lining up a move for Man United outcast Luke Shaw in January.
The 22-year-old has struggled for regular gametime ever since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford, with his two senior appearances this time round adding to his disappointing tally of 19 from last term.
And reports suggest that Benitez is willing to temporarily end the Englishman’s United misery with a loan move in January, which is a move the left-back simply has to make in a bid to resurrect what could be a hugely impressive career.
Ultimately, the defender earned his move to Manchester United back in 2014 because he was absolutely magnificent for Southampton in his stint on the South Coast, and at the time looked set to go on and become England’s next left-back after Ashley Cole.
Whether it was his dynamism going forward or his adeptness defensively, the 22-year-old had it all, but he arguably hasn’t quite recovered from a horrendous leg break back in September 2015, just as he was beginning to nail down the left-back role and showcase his talents under former Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal.
Yet Shaw has since then played just 21 times for United, which isn’t anywhere near enough football to get him back to the level he was producing prior to injury against PSV Eindhoven little over two years ago.
The World Cup in the summer should certainly be an aim for Shaw given that, on his day, he still remains one of England’s best left-backs, as well as the fact that Danny Rose hasn’t quite got going for Tottenham so far this season, but that is only one reason why he has to leave United in January.
And that’s because, regardless of whether there would be a World Cup or not at the end of the current campaign, the 22-year-old has to seek a move away in January, as he’s clearly not going to get gametime at Old Trafford, and with Rose reportedly eyed up by manager Mourinho, he could find himself even further down the pecking order.
And going to Newcastle, where he would almost certainly be a first team regular in a backline that, when everybody is fit, has proven their capabilities at Premier League level so far this season, is exactly what he needs to resurrect his career.
It’s a career that has stagnated at United, for one reason or another, and a fresh start is clearly needed – Newcastle could give the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) that opportunity in the New Year.
And who knows, it’s a move which could help book him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in the summer.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!