Talk of a takeover is on Toon tongues here in the Transfer Tavern, much to the delight of the punters clad in black and white. Indeed, the tide is turning on Tyneside and Rafa Benitez’s rebuild looks like gathering pace after a difficult summer window.
Obviously, the mere idea of big money from the Middle East arriving at St. James’ Park is enough to have many people drawing up ridiculous transfer shortlists largely seen on footballing video games. That just won’t be the case for Newcastle and neither should it be.
As Benitez tries to re-establish the Magpies in the Premier League, he and his staff should look to use any potential funds wisely. With that in mind, Manchester United’s Michael Carrick should be of interest to those at St. James’ Park right now.
A boyhood Newcastle fan, Carrick would be an ideal signing for the club. Though the 36-year-old wouldn’t start every week, his stoic presence in midfield would help further develop both Jonjo Shelvey and Mikel Merino, as well give the fans something to shout about.
Both Shelvey and Merino are talented deep-lying midfielders, though are prone to the odd rash mistake and the absence of either seriously impacts upon the balance of Newcastle’s team. Mo Diame’s inclusion in the starting XI away at Burnley only showed just how light Benitez remains in the middle of the park, making Carrick an ideal option to bring in.
He’s not thought to fancy a move away in January, though using the momentum created by any takeover as something to tempt one of England’s finest ever midfielders home for one campaign while his boyhood side attempt to restore former glories would be an excellent move next summer.
Make it happen, Rafa.