Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team edge past Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday to move ten points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their encounter with the 2016 league champions off the back of vital victories over Southampton and Huddersfield Town, results which propelled them up to 12th place in the division. And the Magpies moved into the top half of the table for the first time since October on Saturday as goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez secured all three points at the King Power Stadium, yet Claude Puel’s side did give them something to think about late on through Jamie Vardy, although it was too little too late for the Foxes.
As such, there have been many thrilled Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom believe that their side have now done enough to preserve their top-flight status, what with Benitez’s men ten points clear of danger with just six matches remaining.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to discuss, not least recent reports suggesting that Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, and Tottenham are interested in moving for Kenedy this summer.
Thus, Newcastle may struggle to get a deal done for the 22-year-old, and as such they must target Leicester’s £13.5 million-rated winger Demarai Gray (as per Transfermarkt) were a deal for Kenedy fail to materialise.
Ultimately, 21-year-old Gray hasn’t quite played as regularly as he would have liked since making the move to the King Power Stadium back in January 2016, even if he does have a Premier League winner’s medal to show for his efforts.
The winger may well have appeared 93 times for the Foxes in the last two years or so, but of his 71 Premier League appearances for the club, just 23 have come from the start, with his difficulties highlighted in recent times having started just three of their last 11 league matches.
Yet it’s evident from his 13 starts this season that the England Under-21 international has huge talent and indeed potential as a winger, with his man-of-the-match display in their 2-0 success over Everton back in October indicative of what Gray can do if given the chance.
Yes, he hasn’t quite been as consistent as is needed in recent times, but he did make an impact off the bench in setting up Jamie Vardy for the winner at Brighton a few weeks back to further underline his credentials.
Ultimately, there is no doubt that the 21-year-old has an immense amount of talent, and in a Newcastle side which will need reinforcements in the attacking department this summer, he could certainly flourish.
His pace and trickery down the flanks has caused some Premier League defences no end of problems in recent times, and while the Magpies will undoubtedly be frustrated if they can’t land Kenedy this summer, Gray would be a fine alternative.
Clearly, one senses that the Leicester man needs a sustained run of games to really start hitting his full potential, and were Newcastle fail to land Kenedy this summer, that could well happen at St James’ Park.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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