Rafa Benitez has once again secured Premier League football for Newcastle next season, something he should be heavily rewarded for this summer. Whether he is or not is another question. Eugh.
Indeed, with his contract situation still far from settled, the Magpies’ top brass must prove their admiration for the Spaniard by giving him exactly what he needs during the upcoming transfer window. That’s obvious. To everyone but those who make the decisions on Tyneside.
Right now, it’s touch and go as to whether he will extend his stay at St. James’ Park but by making substantial promises, there is no reason why he wouldn’t.
Mike Ashley himself surely now realises what a brilliant manager Newcastle have and should consequently understand the need to support him financially.
One signing the Magpies were linked (via TEAMtalk over the course of the summer) and then again by Football Insider this week was Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck and he is a player Benitez would surely be happy with because he’s a goalscorer and Mike Ashley might be equally as delighted with because he is on a free.
A match made in heaven, right? A free, experienced goalscorer.
Well, reports in the summer did suggest the club were even prepared to take on his sizeable £100kp/w salary and, while we wouldn’t blame any Toon fan for being cynical on that front, the signing of Miguel Almiron in January could well have opened the floodgates.
Welbeck, (who is valued at £13.5 million on Transfermarkt) has been very unlucky this season, having been kept on the sideline for the majority of the campaign.
After making quite a strong start to the campaign, it all quickly unravelled for the former Manchester United ace, hence why he is unlikely to secure another deal at the Emirates. Newcastle should be one of a number of teams to re-assert their interest in the former England international, given that he is still 28-years-old and therefore has plenty of time to get back to his best.
Welbeck was set for a strong campaign in terms of figures, because in the 14 games he managed to play, he scored five times for the Gunners. Those are pretty decent stats and bringing him to Tyneside would be a serious power play for Newcastle United. Alongside the likes of Ayoze Perez and the aforementioned Almiron, those in black and white deserve a striker of his stature.
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