Newcastle United fans here in the Tavern are playing the waiting game, as Rafa Benitez still looks to force some transfer movement this January window.
The Magpies are in desperate need of a reshuffle with players underperforming, and additions required in desperate times as relegation troubles continue to cast a shadow over St. James’ Park.
And, the Toon Army will be hopeful that they can keep hold of one of their most promising youngster’s. As according to reports in the Daily Star, Newcastle U23 star Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is looking to Rafa Benitez to provide reassurance on his future at the club.
For someone that was given the title of the ‘non-league Riyad Mahrez’ he had high expectations when he arrived on Tyneside, after skills and trickery had shown glimpses of the Algerian being produced in his performances for former side Lewes.
But, after only making two appearances a year ago in the FA Cup for the Magpies under Rafa Benitez, the 22-year-old is hoping that an ongoing row in the U23 side isn’t going to cause implications to his future at the club. For any ambitious player like El-Mhanni that just wants to make a name for himself in the footballing world, it’s clear to see that being gifted a lifeline with the Magpies would go a long way to securing a happy future for the winger.
But, Leicester City, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff City are all monitoring the progress of the winger, who has just this season left on his contract with the option of an extension.
The 22-year-old is a special talent, but going by the recent speculation surrounding controversial comments supposedly made by Peter Beardsley, you struggle to see a happy future for him on Tyneside.
However, a move to another club could be something that would benefit the winger, with a fresh start in a new side that will provide the foundations for El-Mhanni to grow.
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