Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been using the last couple of days to look back at their side’s ultimately successful season to date, and indeed look forward to what could be in store for their team between now and the summer.
Rafa Benitez’s men reached the 40-point mark courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Arsenal a few weeks back, thus all but ensuring their Premier League safety in their first season back in the top-flight following promotion from the Championship last term. And the Magpies will now focus on finishing the campaign as strongly as possible to take momentum into the 2018/19 season, a season in which many of our resident Newcastle fans are hopeful that Benitez can take their club to the next level, and perhaps challenge for the European places.
Subsequently, there are many optimistic and positive Magpies supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are very much looking forward to the future under the Spaniard, although they are sincerely hoping that he gets the backing he deserves in the transfer market.
In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Newcastle fans to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Bournemouth’s Joshua King this summer.
And given the Magpies’ problems in the attacking third of the pitch this season, landing the £7.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) could well be the difference between a European challenge and mid-table mediocrity for the North East giants next season.
Ultimately, Benitez’s side have done magnificently to avoid the drop in their first campaign back in the top-flight, especially given they haven’t really had a recognised goal-scorer throughout the season.
Their tally of 35 goals in 34 Premier League games is not the worst return in the division, but it is the joint-lowest total of any team currently in the top ten in the table (alongside Burnley).
Thus, it’s evident that signing a more prolific forward with a proven record in the top tier could take Benitez’s side that extra few places in the division next season, thus very much in contention for European football.
And Bournemouth’s King could be that man.
The 26-year-old maybe hasn’t quite been at his best for Eddie Howe’s side this term, but he has still managed six goals in 30 league appearances for the Cherries, a tally which would place him second behind Ayoze Perez in Newcastle’s goal-scoring chart.
And with a mightily impressive 16 goals for the South Coast club last time out, and six goals the campaign before, the Norway international has clearly proven his credentials in the Premier League, and as such would be a welcome addition at St James’ Park to bolster an ultimately underperforming Magpies front line.
And with the North East giants even now not far away from the European places, what with seventh set to earn a place in Europa League qualifying again this term, bringing in a goal-scorer like King is exactly what Newcastle need to challenge for those places next season.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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