Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the remainder of the summer transfer window, what with it looking increasingly likely that manager Rafa Benitez will indeed remain at the club.
The Spaniard did a wonderful job in leading the North East heavyweights to a tenth place finish upon their return to the Premier League this term, having won the Championship title little over 12 months ago. But for the club to move to the next level again next term, it’s clear that reinforcements are needed over the summer, but very unclear as to whether owner Mike Ashley will indeed give Benitez the funds to take the Magpies back to their former glories.
And one man several of our resident Newcastle fans want to see at the club again next season is winger Kenedy, who impressed greatly during his loan stint at St James’ Park during this campaign.
However, with the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain also thought to be keen on the 22-year-old, Newcastle might miss out on Kenedy’s signature, and if that were to be the case, £7.2 million-rated target Adama Traore (as per Transfermarkt) would be the ideal alternative.
Ultimately, the 22-year-old was able to translate his immense talent into direct contributions for Championship side Middlesbrough this season, scoring five goals and laying on ten assists to help Tony Pulis’ men finish in the play-off positions.
And this won’t come as much of a surprise to those who saw him turn out for the Teessiders in the Premier League last term, with the Spain Under-21 international regularly threatening for Aitor Karanka’s side with his incredible pace and directness, but was ultimately unable to turn it into goals and assists.
But being able to do just that last season in the Championship suggests that Traore is slowly becoming the player his potential suggests he can be, and at the tender age of 22, he could go on to become a quality top-flight player.
And in a Newcastle side which struggled greatly for creativity in the final third this season, he could seriously flourish.
Kenedy’s arrival in January gave the whole club a boost, and when he took to the field, he gave the front line some much-needed impetus – impetus that will be sorely missed were he not to return come August.
Yet Traore’s arrival would give them that spark needed, with the 22-year-old able to get at defences with his immense pace, and if he can replicate this season’s form again next time round, he could be a huge asset to the Magpies in their quest to re-establish themselves as a top ten club once again.
So while Kenedy’s signature should be the one they seek the most this summer, if they can’t get a deal done for the Brazilian, Traore would be the ideal alternative.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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