The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are feeling confident about their chances of staying in the Premier League this season, but they believe their club will face another battle to avoid relegation next season if they fail to make adequate improvements this summer.
Rafa Benitez has done brilliantly to get his side into the position they currently find themselves in with extremely limited resources. In this day and age, clubs throughout the Premier League spend big money year on year to ensure they remain competitive in the top-flight, but Benitez has hardly been afford the luxury of a transfer war chest this season.
Away from the field, speculation regarding Mike Ashley’s future and a potential takeover has gone quiet in the media. It seems perfectly plausible that the lack of noise emerging from the Newcastle hierarchy relates to their precarious league position; if they stay in the Premier League then an external investor will be inclined to complete a formal takeover, but relegation would certainly deter interest from plenty of potential new owners.
Based on the somewhat debatable premise that Newcastle will survive this season, the club should be looking ahead to the summer window to identify a handful of quality players who can push them into mid-table and beyond next season. An avenue that’s certainly worth pursuing with potential transfers is focusing on Premier League players who are in danger of being relegated this season, as they should be available at a reduced price in the summer.
With that being said, Newcastle should consider a move for Crystal Palace’s tricky winger Andros Townsend (valued at £10.8 million by Transfermarkt), as The Eagles are in great danger of dropping into The Championship this season. Townsend actually left Newcastle for Palace in 2017 after just 6 months with the club, but that should not prevent the club from making a bid for his services.
Since leaving Tyneside, Townsend has slowly improved and finally begun to live up to his potential in South London, and his performances for his new club suggest he has too much quality to play his trade in the second-tier of English football.
Townsend would inject pace and flair into a side which has been glaringly devoid of attacking inspiration all season long, so Benitez should do everything he can to solve this problem by bringing the England international back to the North-East if Palace fail to beat the drop this season.