Newcastle fans will be encouraged with the latest reports emerging surrounding the ownership of their club.
Mike Ashley was in attendance at St. James Park for the first time in 18 months last week and was met with a wave of criticism from the Magpies. The majority of fans are keen to see Ashley finally leave the club and could be granted their wish sooner rather than later according to the latest reports. Sky News suggest that former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive, Peter Kenyon, is interested in buying the club and seeking potential business partners to secure an investment.
Kenyon remains a credible figure in the football industry following his spells at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. His arrival could be great news for Rafael Benitez who hasn’t been given the funds to strengthen his playing squad significantly. If the takeover is finalised, the Spaniard may have greater room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.
One man he should be keeping a close eye on is Udinese winger – Rodrigo De Paul. Valued at £5.4m by Transfermarkt, the Argentine was tipped for a bright future after joining Valencia from Racing Club back in 2014. He was linked with a move to Liverpool but was eventually sold to Udinese in 2016 following various loan spells.
De Paul has finally found his feet in Italy and has developed into a key player for his side. He made 39 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring eight goals and notching four assists. His marvellous form has carried over into the new campaign with De Paul already scoring on four occasions. The youngster’s performances have not gone unnoticed as he earned a call-up to Argentina’s senior side for the first time.
The 24-year-old could be the perfect addition to the Newcastle side who have struggled in the final third this season. Salomon Rondon has cut an isolated figure in the attack, and De Paul could be the man to bring him into the fold. Averaging an impressive 2.9 key passes per game this season, the Argentine is the final piece of the puzzle for Benitez (WhoScored).
Bringing De Paul to St. James Park in January could be the catalyst for a revival in the New Year.
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