The Newcastle United supporters have been delighted by their side’s progress in the Premier League in recent weeks, and recent reports in the British media have given them further reason to be optimistic.
Rafa Benitez’ side have slowly played their way out of trouble in recent weeks with a handful of excellent performances and results to match in the Premier League. Considering how little the club have spent on transfers this season, it’s a great credit to the current crop of players and Benitez that they have managed to steer clear of safety with 6 games to spare.
Although they have not spent heavily on players so far this season, the next campaign could potentially be spearheaded by a financially stable investor who unlike Mike Ashley, is willing to back Benitez in the transfer market. Whether a deal for the club will be concluded for the club remains to be seen, but regardless of the ownership situation, Newcastle are interested in signing Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand (valued at £18 million by Transfermarkt) this summer according to The Sun.
According to the report, Newcastle will face competition from Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton for Bertrand’s signature, so luring him to the North-East will be no easy task for the Magpies. Newcastle’s interest in Bertrand suggests that the club are eager to make significant improvements to their squad this summer and, much to the dismay of the Toon Army lining up our bar, his arrival would almost certainly spell the end of Paul Dummett’s career on Tyneside.
Barring a couple of loan spells with St Mirren and Gateshead, Dummett has spent the entirety of his career with the club, but if Bertrand takes his place in the starting eleven he may eventually have to prioritise his career over feelings of sentiment towards his boyhood club. Dummett has done everything his manager could possibly have asked of him this season; he has been consistently solid and determined to fight for his club.
It’s easy to see why Dummett is a firm fan-favourite on Tyneside, but if Bertrand eventually arrives at St James’ Park then his position in the first-team will undoubtedly come under threat, to the point where he may be forced to leave the club in search of a regular starting berth.
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