The Newcastle United supporters have been in buoyant mood in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s impressive form in the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez’s side were staring a relegation battle in the face at the end of the January transfer window, but fast-forward nearly three months and the club have effectively guaranteed their Premier League survival with five fixtures left to spare. Newcastle’s Spanish manager has been the architect of their climb into mid-table – a feat which has surprised even the most optimistic of supporters – and their recent success has got the supporters pondering how they can improve next season.
Considering how easily they have steered clear of relegation following the introduction of Kenedy and Martin Dubravka, it seems fair to say that just a handful of key acquisitions could enable the club to mount a challenge for the Europa League next season, providing they keep hold of Benitez of course.
One position which the club would be wise to strengthen in is attacking-midfield, as Ayoze Perez has been almost unchallenged for a starting berth in the number ten role for the majority of the season. With that being said, Benitez would be wise to target Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish in the summer to give Perez something to think about next season.
If Benitez does indeed make a bid to sign Grealish, then he may have to fight off competition from Leicester City, as The Mirror believe the Foxes are interested in bringing him to the King Power Stadium next season.
However, the fact that Leicester and Aston Villa are local-rivals should give Newcastle the upper hand in trying to secure his signature. Grealish has been criticised in the past for failing to take his career seriously following a handful of infamous events away from the field, but he appears to have matured since he returned from a kidney problem back in November 2017.
The 22-year-old (valued at £4.5 million by Transfermarkt) has looked technically and physically stronger following his return, and the quality of his performances in recent weeks have begun to reflect the true level of his potential.
Under a manager of Benitez’s expertise, Grealish is bound to improve at an exponential rate and finally develop into the player he was widely touted to be when he broke onto the scene as a youngster at Villa, so the club should do everything they can to fend off competition from Leicester and bring him to St James’ Park this summer.
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