Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to improve upon an encouraging tenth place finish last term.
Rafa Benitez’s men deserve great credit for securing a top half finish upon their return to the top-flight last season, that all after winning the Championship title just 12 months earlier. But if the Magpies are to build upon that tenth place and perhaps return to their former glories, reinforcements are essential this summer, but whether Benitez does indeed get the funds required from owner Mike Ashley remains to be seen.
Nonetheless, there are many optimistic and expectant Magpies supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be interested in recent reports linking their club with a move to re-sign Andros Townsend.
And while the Crystal Palace forward would likely be a useful addition at St James’ Park, they should instead do all they can to bring £9 million-rated Kenedy (as per Transfermarkt) back to the North East as opposed to the England winger.
Ultimately, it didn’t take long for Townsend to abandon ship back in the summer of 2017 following Newcastle’s relegation from the Premier League, this all despite netting four goals and two assists in their unsuccessful bid to remain in the top-flight.
Thus, several of our resident Newcastle supporters are unconvinced about the winger’s loyalty and commitment to the cause, yet they saw plenty to like from Kenedy’s spell in the North East last term to hope that he returns to the club for the upcoming campaign.
The 22-year-old made the move to St James’ back in January and went on to make a big impact with two goals and two assists in 13 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, helping them to a mightily impressive tenth place finish.
And while the Brazilian star actually contributed less than Townsend did during his short stint at Newcastle, the influence Kenedy had on Benitez’s side was clear for all to see, with the Magpies a significantly more threatening outfit going forward once he arrived from Chelsea.
And if the North East giants are serious about making gains this season and perhaps knocking on the door of the European places, they have to show genuine ambition in the transfer window.
And with Kenedy four years younger and having made a greater impact than Townsend, it’s a no brainer which one they must target this summer.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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