Newcastle United fans here in the Tavern are hoping that Rafa Benitez can take their club to the next level, with aims of securing a European spot. Although, the Spaniard will need to try his best to keep some of the club’s current stars at St James’ Park amid transfer links.
The Magpies struggled for consistency last time out as they flirted with the possibility of relegation at times, but Rafa Benitez’s side managed to enjoy a strong finish to the campaign which helped them avoid relegation.
Although, he will need to make a number of changes this summer with plenty of fresh faces possibly being drafted in. But, this will of course mean that a number of the club’s current stars could be on the move as they continue to attract interest from bigger clubs.
With that being said, surely Benitez is fearful this Newcastle duo will leave St James’ Park soon…
The Scottish international has been one of the standout performers for Newcastle United in seasons gone by as he continues to produce assists and goals for the Magpies.
But, he is attracting interest from Championship side Stoke City and they are rumoured to be preparing a £15 million bid for the winger, which could force Benitez into accepting the funds.
Many of our local northerners believe that Ritchie is the heart and soul of the Newcastle United midfield and will be dearly missed if he ends up departing.
Jamaal Lascelles is arguably Newcastle United’s most iconic figure on the field as the club captain, but not even his future is secure as he continues to be linked with a move to a number of top English clubs.
Losing the Englishman would be a huge blow for the Magpies as he is their leader on the field and one of the most promising defenders in English football. So, if he does end up leaving at some point this summer then Newcastle United could find themselves back in a relegation battle once again next season.