Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are relishing the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with it looking very likely that manager Rafa Benitez will remain at the North East heavyweights.
The Spaniard did a sensational job in inspiring the Magpies to a tenth place finish upon their return to the Premier League this season, this all despite spending very little in the transfer market. And many of our resident Newcastle fans were concerned when the West Ham job came up last month given Benitez’s obvious frustration with the club’s transfer policy, so when Manuel Pellegrini was announced as the new Hammers chief, there was jubilant scenes among our resident Magpies supporters in the Tavern.
And many are now turning their attentions towards the transfer window, although they are likely to be somewhat frustrated by recent reports suggesting that a deal to take Ryan Fredericks to West Ham is nearing completion.
Thus, with a move for the Fulham star now unlikely, the Magpies must turn their attentions towards luring £675,000-rated star James Tavernier (as per Transfermarkt) back to the North East.
The 26-year-old, now of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers, made the move to St James’ Park back in 2008 but only went on to earn ten senior appearances for the club prior to his exit in 2014, with several loan spells disrupting his time in the North East.
However, since leaving the Magpies four years ago, the right back has gone from strength to strength, most notably since moving to Rangers back in 2015, for whom he has shone and comfortably become one of the best full backs in the Scottish Premiership.
Tavernier has scored an impressive 26 goals and laid on 39 assists in 140 appearances for the Gers, which are figures most attacking players would be proud of, let alone a right back.
Thus, it’s clear that the 26-year-old has incredible attacking pedigree, much like Fulham’s Fredericks, and as such would arguably be an upgrade on current Newcastle right back DeAndre Yedlin.
Ultimately, the United States international performed solidly for the Magpies this time round, but there were also many unconvincing moments as well, while his tally of just two assists in 34 Premier League appearances underlines his lack of quality in the final third.
And for a full back in the modern game, being able to contribute in the final third and create goal-scoring opportunities is slowly but surely becoming a requirement – Tavernier has that in his locker.
And if Newcastle are to seek the next level next time round, the full back areas do appear to need strengthening, with it arguable that they, alongside the striking department, need reinforcing above all other areas of the squad this summer.
And Tavernier’s arrival would certainly do just that, so while they are likely to be disappointed at missing out on Fredericks, the Rangers ace is an ideal alternative, and one they should seek to bring back to St James’ Park.
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