It was a season to forget for Newcastle fans last term – we we won’t dwell on it too much, don’t worry.
The priority this season will be to find a way of bouncing straight back to the Premier League at the first time of asking, and that generally comes from picking the right manager and being doing good business in the transfer market.
So by convincing Rafa Bentiez to sign a new deal at St. James’ Park this summer, Newcastle are technically already half way there. It’s just the small matter of picking the right players to ensure they can finish the job.
Today’s transfer market is one in which clubs have to spend over the odds for players they want – that’s the harsh reality of modern football.
So despite Newcastle being a Championship club, they’ll still need to splash the cash this summer, and luckily they have the money to do so. Given their club-record transfer remains the £16m they paid for Michael Owen in August 2005, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Benitez broke that before the transfer window closes.
So here are FIVE players the Magpies could smash their club-record transfer fee for over the coming months…
Newcastle need a goal scorer, and Ighalo is one of the more underrated scorers in the Premier League.
The centre forward netted 15 goals for Watford last season. Ighalo’s market value is £9million, a rather hefty but manageable price for a 27-year-old entering his prime.
However, Newcastle would no doubt have to stump up around £20m to prize him away from Vicarage Road.
When Benitez considered playing winger Moussa Sissoko at left back at one point this season, the gaping hole at the position was made obvious.
Charlie Daniels could fill that void. The left back for Bournemouth is solid defensively and can get into the attack on the flanks.
Long’s rambunctiousness is shown in his style of play— his work rate is endless and aggressive mentality never subsides.
Liverpool were reportedly keen on acquiring him earlier this year for £8million, which validates Long’s talent – he scored 10 goals this season.
However, you’d expect him to go for a lot more than that this summer – if Southampton agree to sell, that is.
Step one of Benitez’ rebuilding project starts in the back, as Newcastle conceded a whopping 65 goals last year.
Coleman’s market value estimates around £12.75million. In order to detach him from Everton, that number will have to increase, potentially cementing Coleman as Newcastle’s most lucrative signing ever.
The Southampton midfielder is unsure of his future at the club, and Benitez should capitalise.
Newcastle’s midfield need bolstering with some additional creative players if they’re to get out of the Championship, and Tadic would be the perfect man.