Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern are optimistic about their chances for next season – our punters reckon they can challenge for Europe next year.
The Magpies ended the season in tenth place, extremely respectable given the lack of funds available to Rafael Benitez. With a few key signings, Newcastle could definitely challenge for a European spot next year. Therefore, owner Mike Ashley needs to back the Spaniard in the transfer market.
The former Liverpool boss is desperate to strengthen his back line in the transfer window. Adding a quality option at left-backs should be a priority. Benitez must rekindle his interest in Manchester United defender – Luke Shaw.
Back in January, he attempted to sign the former Southampton man on loan, but Jose Mourinho was unwilling to sanction his departure with a few months left in the season. However, he seems destined to leave the club after slipping down the pecking order. His fitness and injuries have been a real problem during his Old Trafford career.
Valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, St. James Park could be the perfect place to kickstart his career. Shaw was one of the most promising youngsters in England prior to his move to the Red Devils and is still a quality defender. With just one year remaining on his deal, Newcastle could secure his services at a great price.
Shaw has returned to pre-season training early to work with United’s fitness coach to get in shape. If he can put his fitness issues behind him, Benitez could help him finally fulfil his potential.
Newcaslte fans, thoughts?