The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperate to see a new striker arrive at St James’ Park this summer, but with doubts lingering over Mike Ashley’s willingness to spend money in the transfer market, they may be forced to search for loan deals once again.
Rafa Benitez did brilliantly to steer his side away from a relegation battle last season by masterminding an excellent run of form which carried the Magpies to a 10th place finish. One of the main reasons which was attributed to Newcastle’s success was their activity in the January transfer window which saw them bring Martin Dubravka and Kenedy to the club on short-term loan deals.
The latter’s impact was particularly impressive as the Chelsea employee injected creativity and attacking purpose into a club which had been toothless in the final-third for the majority of the season prior to his arrival. As such, the Magpies faithful lining up our bar are hoping their club will re-sign him this summer on a permanent deal, although they are hardly full of optimism about their chances of completing a transfer.
Regardless of whether they are able to sign Kenedy or not, Benitez should attempt to emulate his success in the transfer market by completing another loan deal this summer for Tottenham’s teenage sensation Reo Griffiths. Tottenham’s academy product is set to turn 18 this month at the end of a season in which he notched a staggering 27 goals from 20 appearances for the U18 squad.
Naturally, taking a step up to the Premier League will not be an easy task for him to embark on next season, but the rate of his progression suggests he could be ready for the step up in class. With Harry Kane ahead of him in the pecking order, Griffiths stands little chance of breaking into the first-team at Spurs next season, so Benitez would be wise to consider making a loan bid for his services.
Newcastle desperately struggled for goal with Dwight Gayle spearheading the attack for the majority of the previous season, whilst Joselu proved to be a thoroughly underwhelming acquisition from Stoke City.
With these points in mind, it’s fair to say Griffiths is certainly worth a gamble this summer despite his lack of experience, and the prospect of regular first-team football could be enough to convince him to swap North London for Tyneside by the end of the transfer window.
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