Newcastle United fans here in the Tavern are looking forward to next season, as they have their eyes set firmly on securing a European spot.
The Magpies didn’t enjoy the best of campaigns as they flirted with the possibility of relegation at times, with many of our local northerners now feeling extremely relieved. Although, supporters will be hoping that the club can tie Rafa Benitez down to a new deal after all that he has achieved thus far.
However, the Spaniard will need to make a number of changes this summer after a rather sloppy campaign, as plenty of other clubs will be looking to strengthen before the start of next season.
So, the Magpies will need to bring in a central defender and a central midfielder to help ensure consistency next season, with Jamaal Lascelles being linked with a move away and the likes of Mohamed Diame and Mikel Merino struggling to produce quality at times.
With that in mind, Newcastle must complete these TWO transfer deals before the end of June…
Alfie Mawson has established himself as one of the most accomplished defenders in the whole of English football and he has even enjoyed his first call up to the England national team.
Indeed, with a key figure like Jamaal Lascelles possibly departing this summer, bringing Alfie Mawson to the club would provide the Magpies with a defender that has shown more promise than Lascelles.
The opportunity to work under Benitez and to be a part of his ambitious regime would be an attractive proposition for the Swansea City defender, so a move to St James’ Park may be in the offing if Mike Ashley can stump up the cash that’s required to secure his services.
Joe Allen was Stoke City’s standout performer in what was a terrible campaign for the Potters as they suffered relegation to the Championship. Although, the Welshman will inevitably be heading for the exits this summer, with a Premier League club like Newcastle possibly snapping him up.
The 28-year-old is a tenacious and hard-working midfielder who will add a sense of calmness and quality to a rather frantic Newcastle midfield.
And, having seen the Magpies struggle for creativity this season, Benitez would absolutely love to have Allen in his starting XI as he often makes runs forward to contribute in the final third, while providing a wealth of experience in the middle of the park.
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