Newcastle United supporters have been in high spirits in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team clinch a massive 1-0 win over fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town on Saturday to move up to 12th place in the division.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with their fellow relegation rivals having won two and drawn three of their preceding six league matches, a run which moved them four points clear of the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s meeting. And the Magpies have put even more distance between themselves and danger as an Ayoze Perez strike ten minutes from the end was enough to seal a vital three points for the North East giants, a result which moved them seven points clear of danger.
Subsequently, there have been many buoyant Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side can continue their fine recent run of form between now and the end of the season, and thus preserve their top-flight status.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club and indeed Leicester City with a move for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney.
And while the Scotland international would undoubtedly be a fine addition at the King Power Stadium, he should instead opt to make the move to St James’ Park this summer.
Ultimately, the 27-year-old has again enjoyed a decent season at Craven Cottage having netted four goals and laid on five assists in 28 Championship appearances, adding to his impressive tally of 13 goals and 11 assists in their run to the semi-finals of the play-offs last season.
And with Benitez’s Newcastle struggling for goals in the Premier League this term, having bagged just 31 goals in their 31 league games so far, the playmaker could be exactly what they need to move to the next level next season.
Saturday’s match-winner Perez has often been the man playing in that role just behind the front man this season, but the Spaniard has bagged just three goals and laid on three assists for the Magpies this term to suggest that it’s an area which needs improvement next season.
Yes, the 24-year-old certainly offers a lot off the ball and in more defensive situations, but if the Magpies are seeking to push on next season and challenge for a top ten spot or even a European place, they need genuine quality in those attacking areas – Cairney could fit the bill.
Leicester are well-stocked in the midfield department and as such the 27-year-old may struggle for regular football at the King Power Stadium, whereas there does appear to be a gap in that respective area at St James’ Park.
As such, the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) should forget about a move to Leicester, and instead opt for Benitez’s Newcastle this summer.
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