Newcastle United will be desperate to climb away from the relegation zone by producing a positive run of results, with the second half of the season being of great importance.
The Magpies’ biggest downfall throughout the current campaign has been their lack of consistency, as they often follow up a positive result with a negative one.
Indeed, one thing that’s currently halting the club’s progress is injuries, so reinforcements could prove crucial as the season progresses. Newcastle United have been linked with a number of players this month, but it’s obvious that the vast majority of the players aren’t going to rock up at St James’ Park.
With that being said, in an ideal world where injuries aren’t a problem and Mike Ashley funds a number of signings, this is what Newcastle United’s XI would look like…
THE NEWCASTLE UNITED XI BENITEZ SHOULD HAVE BUILT
Martin Dubravka has been a special find for Newcastle United as he continues to deliver in-between the sticks.
The likes of Jamaal Lascelles, Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar would arguably form the Magpies’ strongest defensive line. Indeed, the latter managed to find the back of the net on twice against Cardiff City, while Fernandez and Lascelles have the quality to keep things tight alongside him.
However, one player who Newcastle United should have secured the services of is Nicolas Tagliafico. The Magpies were reportedly (per the Mirror) interested in signing the Argentine, but there has been no mention of him in recent times. He would have been perfect in the left wing-back role, having produced a number of goals and assists this season, and he has experience on the international stage and in Europe, which would come in handy.
Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-yueng have been very impressive in the middle of midfield for the Magpies this season, providing a nice balance of attack and defence as accomplished passers of the ball.
Newcastle were reportedly interested in bringing Leeds United striker Kemar Roofe to St James’ Park in the January transfer window, but he looks like staying in the Championship to help the Whites challenge for promotion as things have gone silent.
Salomon Rondon has been simply sensational at the pinnacle of the attack for the Magpies this season, but playing Roofe alongside him would have provided the perfect balance of pace and strength, and they’re both deadly finishers.
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