Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the rest of the summer transfer window, what with it looking likely that manager Rafa Benitez will stay at the club.
The Spaniard did a wonderful job in leading the Magpies to a tenth place finish in the Premier League this term, little over 12 months on from winning the Championship title. But for the North East giants to reach the next level under the former Chelsea and Liverpool boss next time round, reinforcements will be needed over the summer, but whether he does indeed get the funds from owner Mike Ashley very much remains to be seen.
Nonetheless, the West Ham job, one Benitez was linked with earlier this month, has now been filled by Manuel Pellegrini to suggest that the 54-year-old may well remain at St James’ Park, and one man who could be on his way to the club is Stoke City’s Joe Allen, as per recent reports from The Newcastle Chronicle.
However, given that the central midfield options produced the goods last time round, the Magpies simply must opt against signing the £16.2 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Ultimately, the 28-year-old was part of a Stoke side that lost their Premier League status this season, which itself is of concern to our resident Newcastle fans, especially given that the Wales international only mustered six assists and two goals over the course of the campaign.
Significantly though, Benitez’s options in the middle of the park certainly did the business last season, with Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame, Isaac Hayden, and Mikel Merino between them all playing a key part in keeping the club in the top-flight.
Shelvey’s incredible vision and passing range prompted speculation from many in the Tavern that he should be included in this summer’s England World Cup squad, although that didn’t happen, while Diame’s efforts in the second half of the campaign were in complete contrast to the first, to the point that he was reportedly available for transfer in January.
Add in the solid efforts of Hayden and the early-season performances of Merino, and it’s difficult to see where Allen fits in at St James’ Park. Arguably, Shelvey is just as good a passer of the ball as the 28-year-old, while the Welshman is no better than Diame as an all round midfield option.
And for a reported £20 million, Benitez and the club’s hierarchy could save the money and invest it in a player that would improve and better the first team – Allen’s arrival wouldn’t do that.
As such, the Magpies should turn down the chance to land the Wales star this summer.
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