Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are really hoping that their team will make the additions necessary to enable manager Rafa Benitez to take the club forward next season.
The Spaniard did a great job in leading the Magpies to a tenth place finish in the Premier League upon their return to the top-flight, with the North East giants accumulating an impressive 44 points from their 38 league matches. But for the club to indeed move to the next level under the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss next term, owner Mike Ashley simply must match Benitez’s ambitions in the transfer market, and thus deliver high quality signings over the summer.
And one man they simply must seek to lure to St James’ Park is midfielder Yaya Toure, who left Manchester City at the expiration of his contract after eight hugely successful years at the club.
And while the £4.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) may well be 35 years of age, his capture this summer would be the sort of signing that would propel the Magpies into European contention next term.
Ultimately, the Ivory Coast international has played an integral part in the success of the Citizens in his eight years at the club, with the midfielder helping the club to the Premier League title in 2012 and indeed in 2014, the latter in which he scored 20 goals to underline his status as one of the most influential midfielders in the division.
And while he maybe didn’t have a big impact this time round in their third Premier League title success, it was little over 12 months ago that Toure reminded us all of his incredible midfield capabilities in netting seven goals in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Yes, his age is likely to be of concern to some of our resident Newcastle fans, but it’s evident from last season that he retains the ability to dominate the midfield, be it breaking up play off the ball or indeed getting on it and seeking to launch attacks – not to mention his marauding runs forward which have become synonymous with his time in England.
In Jonjo Shelvey, Mikel Merino, Isaac Hayden, and Mo Diame, Benitez has a solid quartet of central midfield options, but Toure’s arrival at St James’ Park would improve them greatly, and as such help take the Magpies to the next level next term.
And with the North East heavyweights not too far away from European football this time round, making additions like Toure over the summer is only likely to bridge that gap even further, and indeed make a clear statement of intent to the rest of the division.
And with Toure seemingly open to remaining in England, the Magpies must seek to make an ambitious move for the 35-year-old, as doing so would propel them into European contention next season.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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