The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping that Mike Ashley can sell the club to a super-rich investor this summer in order to finance multiple acquisitions during the transfer window.
Newcastle United may have lost their last three fixtures, but they can be forgiven for their lapse in form due to their remarkable run which preceded their hat-trick of defeats as they silenced their critics by securing their Premier League safety with plenty of time to spare. The form which Rafa Benitez’s have displayed since the arrival of Kenedy and Martin Dubravka suggests that the club are capable of establishing themselves as a solid mid-table side in the seasons to come, providing Benitez remains at the helm of course.
With further acquisitions during the transfer window, Newcastle should be able to stear clear of a relegation battle next season and, according to The Sun, the club are already lining up players to pursue this summer. According to the report, Stoke City’s relegation from the Premier League has intensified Newcastle’s interest in signing Joe Allen this summer, although they face competition from West Ham United, Swansea City, Wolves and Sevilla for his signature.
Stoke’s relegation will certainly lower his asking price to tempting levels, but a natural consequence of that fact is that competition will certainly be rife this summer. However, considering Newcastle are relatively short of quality options in midfield and have the potential to push for the Europa League next season, it’s likely that Allen could be enticed by a move to St James’ Park.
Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey have formed a formidable midfield partnership in recent months, but beyond the aforementioned pairing the Magpies are short of proven Premier League talent. One of Newcastle’s back-up midfield players, namely Mikel Merino has struggled to emulate his impressive early season form since the turn of the year, whilst Isaac Hayden has played nothing more than a bit-part role since mid-November.
Evidently, there is plenty of room for improvement in midfield, so Benitez would be foolish not to sign Allen this summer. The Welsh international possess the engine, the technical ability and the determination to thrive at the top level despite the fact he been a regular starter within a relegated outfit this season.
Allen has been a standout bright spark within a dark season for Paul Lambert’s side and he thoroughly deserves to immediately return to the Premier League this summer. Considering Newcastle’s lack of depth in midfield, they should do everything they can to beat West Ham and a host of other clubs to his signature.
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