Newcastle United supporters have been making a lot of noise in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team beat Arsenal 2-1 at St James’ Park on Sunday to all but preserve their Premier League status.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Gunners off the back of three successive victories over Leicester City, Huddersfield Town, and Southampton, a run which moved them ten points clear of safety ahead of last weekend’s round of fixtures. And the Magpies are now well clear of danger as goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie following Alexandre Lacazette’s opener secured all three points for the North East giants, thus consolidating their tenth place position in the Premier League table.
Subsequently, there have been many thrilled Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are pretty certain that their team will indeed by playing in the top-flight next term, given they are 13 points clear with just five games remaining.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports suggesting that Spurs may replace Mousa Dembele with either Andre Gomes or Bryan Cristante this summer.
And these reports could well throw into doubt the future of Tottenham star Harry Winks, a situation Newcastle must seek to exploit by targeting the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) this summer.
Ultimately, the England international has struggled for regular minutes under manager Mauricio Pochettino this season, with just nine Premier League starts to show for his efforts so far, and only nine more in other competitions.
Yes, injury has played a part in his recent struggles, but on the whole it’s clear that the 22-year-old isn’t first choice at Tottenham in the central midfield ranks, what with Dembele, Eric Dier, Victor Wanyama, and even possibly Moussa Sissoko ahead of him in the pecking order.
And with Gomes and Cristante both linked as possible Dembele replacements, Winks’ prospects don’t look much better in the immediate future, which is why Newcastle simply must seek to bolster their own midfield ranks with the 22-year-old this summer.
Winks made a fine start to the season for Spurs to the point that he earned his England debut against Lithuania back in October, producing an excellent display that night to further underline his credentials – he may well have earned a World Cup spot this summer were it not for injury.
Regardless, it’s clear that the Englishman would add a significant amount to Benitez’s midfield at Newcastle, with the 22-year-old able to slot in and perform adequately in a more defensive role, and indeed get forward and help launch attacks.
And if the Magpies are seeking to push on next season under Benitez, they need more quality in several areas of the pitch, not least a central midfield department that often holds the key a team’s chances in the Premier League.
And with recent reports suggesting that Spurs are eyeing a replacement for Dembele as opposed to promoting Winks, Newcastle should seek to take advantage and make a move for the 22-year-old this summer.
Newcastle fans… what do you think? Let us know!
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