The Newcastle United fans have been thoroughly pleased by the performances of both Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame in recent weeks, but they are convinced that Rafa Benitez will need to bolster his options in midfield in order to push the club into the safety of mid-table obscurity next season.
During the first-half of the campaign, Diame was struggling to break into Newcastle’s first team due to competition from Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden, but since the end of 2017 he has slowly become a first-team regular and an integral part of the club’s survival mission. On the other hand, Jonjo Shelvey has been more or less an ever-present at the heart of Newcastle’s midfield aside from the matches he has missed through suspension this season.
Together, Shelvey and Diame have formed a formidable partnership in recent weeks which has formed the backbone of a side who now look destined to retain their top-flight status this season. However, Benitez’s options in midfield are fairly limited, as Merino has struggled to emulate his positive early season form in recent weeks, whilst Hayden appears to be a level below what is required to succeed in the top-flight.
With that to consider, Benitez should be in the market for a new centre-midfielder in the summer, and one man who should certainly be on his radar is Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Winks (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt). The 21-year-old Winks is one of England’s most up and coming talents, and although his form has been below-par of late, he has shown plenty of potential in the not too distant past to suggest he is destined for an extremely bright future in English football.
There is no doubt that Pochettino will be categorically opposed to the idea of selling Winks, but he could be much more open to the prospect of allowing him to leave on loan in the summer. And if Spurs are indeed willing to entertain loan offers for Winks’ services, then Benitez should make a bid to bring him to St James’ Park.
Winks would inject creativity, energy and determination into a midfield which has often been culpable of lacking all three of those qualities this season, and his experience playing alongside quality players at Tottenham would ensure a smooth and quick settling period on Tyneside. His arrival would ease the burden on Diame and Shelvey and allow Benitez the opportunity to rotate his midfield options on a more regular basis, so Newcastle should do everything they can to bring him to the North-East this summer.