Newcastle United and their new owners showed during the January transfer window just how capable they are when it comes to securing deals for players to join the Tyneside club.
Having lost a considerable number of Premier League games from the start of the season to the opening of the winter market, the Magpies unsurprisingly brought in some new faces to help them upgrade what was a rather leaky defence.
Now that the Toon comfortably secured their place in the top flight for next season, their focus can turn to the summer transfer window and where they can add further upgrades to their squad.
One man who has recently been linked with a move to St James’ Park and who could be a big improvement on current Toon midfielder Sean Longstaff in particular is Nabil Fekir.
Since then, he has gone on to make 118 appearances for the La Liga side across all competitions, finding the net 22 times and providing 23 assists along the way.
To compare his recent La Liga campaign with Longstaff’s latest Premier League season at Newcastle, the Frenchman racked up more goals, assists, shots and crosses and even won more tackles than the Magpies ace.
This highlights just how impressive an all-around midfield option the £36m-rated talent could be for Howe.
Having ended the recent La Liga campaign as the fourth-highest rated player in the entire division, with a higher performance rating that the likes of Casemiro, Sergio Busquets, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos according to WhoScored, this further highlights how much of a star Fekir has been.
While it may be difficult for PIF and Newcastle to persuade Betis to sell their midfield maestro, it could be a transfer which blows the roof off St James’ Park if it materialises, coming as a real statement of intent from the Tyneside club ahead of their first full season under Saudi ownership.