Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much relishing the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with it looking likely that manager Rafa Benitez will remain at the club.
There were some concerns among our resident Magpies fans that the Spaniard could leave St James’ Park this summer when the West Ham job came up earlier this month, and while the former Chelsea and Real Madrid chief was linked with the role, Manuel Pellegrini got that gig to the delight of Newcastle fans up and down the country. As such, Benitez looks set to remain the Magpies boss heading into the 2018/19 season, a campaign in which he will be hoping to take the club on again after their tenth place finish in the Premier League this term.
As such, there are many optimistic Newcastle fans in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports linking their side with a move for Stoke City’s Joe Allen this summer.
And while the midfielder may well be a useful addition to Benitez’s squad, they should forget about him as there is only one Wales international they should seek to sign during the close season, namely Sheffield United wonderkid David Brooks.
Ultimately, given the sterling efforts of the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame this term, alongside notable contributions from fellow central midfielders Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden, it’s difficult to see where Allen fits in in Benitez’s starting eleven.
The combination of Shelvey and Diame was brilliant in the second half of the campaign, and while Allen brings a measure of control on the ball and is very adept in possession, he arguably doesn’t offer any more than the aforementioned duo.
As such, it wouldn’t be worth Newcastle’s while to spend a reported £20 million on the 28-year-old’s services, and while Brooks wouldn’t necessarily be a player for the immediate present, there is no doubt that he is one for the future.
Ultimately, the 20-year-old has come of age at Championship side Sheffield United this season with three goals and five assists in 30 appearances for Chris Wilder’s team, which included key goals in victories over Leeds United and Burton Albion.
And with three caps already for the Wales side at senior level, Brooks’ career is very much on an upward trajectory, to the point whereby several top-flight sides, including Newcastle, have been linked with the youngster in the last 12 months or so.
And with the Magpies seeking to re-establish themselves among England’s elite once again in the coming years under Benitez, a young player in the calibre of Brooks should be exactly what they are after.
As an attacking midfielder, the Welshman would provide competition to Ayoze Perez for the number ten position in Benitez’s side, while he also led the line for the Blades this term to suggest that he could do a job up top – his potential is undoubted.
So while he wouldn’t necessarily be a signing for the present, it would be a big statement of intent from Newcastle to land the Welsh starlet this summer to thus help set them up for a bright future in the years to come.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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