Five wing wizards Newcastle should consider this summer

Mike Ashley appears to be breaking Mike Ashley tradition and actually spending money.

Rejoice! In this most strange of circumstances, £13m Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic has arrived from Anderlecht to add much needed firepower to the Magpies front line.

With QPR hitman Charlie Austin rumoured to be the next through the door, attention must now turn to brining in a wing wizard to provide them service.

Mitrovic and Austin were both lethal in front of goal for their respective clubs last year, so Newcastle need to bring in players that will complement them.

Other attacking options are Siem De Jong, Ayoze Perez and Pappis Cisse, though none are out and out wingers.

Exciting young talent Rolando Aarons will work on the wings this year no doubt, but more players should be brought in to help. It is a long season and the Toon Army cannot march with such a small army.

Here are FIVE wicked wing wizards to drive the Toon Army barmy this year…


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A move for the Chelsea outcast may seem rather ambitious, having been linked with some of the top teams in Italy.

The Egyptian midfielder impressed while on loan in Serie A last season, showing the dynamism in his game he could not ignite at Chelsea.

Roma and Inter Milan have both been linked with him, but the chance to stay in England may appeal to all parties. The recent TV deal affords even mid-level Premier League sides the chance to pay eye watering sums to their players.

Salah would provide the injection of pace not currently found in the Newcastle front line. Despite a frustrating time in West London, the former FC Basel man is a top player on his day.

His blistering pace and abundance of flair would excite the baying Geordies and work well with their new £13m man.

Nicknamed the ‘Egyptian Messi’, Salah is exactly the sort of player Newcastle should be targeting to shoot them up the league. Perhaps he is not yet the level of Willian and Eden Hazard, but some time cutting his teeth in the Premier League could help him fulfil his potential.

Mitrovic and Salah could be just the double team to shoot the team up the league.



Should a move for Salah not come off, England winger Andros Townsend could be available to prize away from White Hart Lane.

Linked with a move to North East rivals Sunderland, the Spurs man appears to be surplus to requirements in North London.

Townsend can frustrate at club level no doubt, but he is an out and out winger with an eye for goal. His international form is excellent, with a great strike against Italy in a recent friendly.

Newcastle are well stocked in central areas it seems, but Townsend hugging the touch line would be a welcome sight at St. James’.

A winger with blistering pace to counter attack with, to provide a decent cross for a fox in the box like Mitrovic, Cisse and potentially Austin may not be the most ground breaking of tactics, but it could prove to be mightily effective.

His ability to cut inside and shoot from distance could add another dimension to a team who barely had a single one last year. Perhaps not the most nuanced of fancy feet wing men, Townsend’s smash and grab style could suit the Toon to a tee.


Ashley Young

After an excellent season last year, it seems rather strange to include the Manchester United man in this list.

The exiled England international was in danger of becoming a forgotten man at Old Trafford, but a string of excellent performances kept record signing Angel Di Maria out of the side.

However, United’s quest for all things galactico may leave Young out in the cold. Louis van Gaal’s admission that the former Watford man is not in the same class as Neymar seems like a rather obvious statement, but suggests United would be willing to sell.

Linked with a return to former club Aston Villa, Newcastle should go in for Young should he become available. The versatile 30-year-old was excellent against Newcastle last season and scored the winning goal in the dying embers of the game.

Able to operate on the right, left and even as a wing back, Young’s crossing skills would pair nicely with the aerial prowess Mitrovic and perhaps Austin would bring.

His willingness to track back could make him a crowd favourite, and guaranteed first team football may help his chances of making it back into the England camp.


Matthew Phillips

Though it’s QPR team mate Charlie Austin who the club appear to be after, Matt Phillips could also fit nicely into Steve McClaren’s side. He may not be the most glamorous of names, but some excellent performances in a dire Rangers side last year proved there is a player in there somewhere.

As Newcastle enter a new dawn, signing fashionable European names appears to be the flavour of the month. However, this Scotland international enjoyed a great run of form during the second half of the season, with nine goals in eight games.

The Toon Army desperately need reinforcements on the wing and the former Blackpool winger linked well with top target Charlie Austin.

Capable of producing moments out of nothing, a stunning strike against Crystal Palace is a contender as one of the best in Premier League history. A year ago we may find it odd to talk so highly of the man, but under Chris Ramsey he was rejuvenated.

Only Lionel Messi had notched more assists than the QPR man throughout the five top European leagues.

Linked with a move to West Brom, the Magpies could do a lot worse than bringing the QPR man.



Perhaps the least likely of all the options, Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri would be a stellar signing for Steve McClaren.

The Swiss wizard is a top class player, though he is constantly linked with a move away from Milan. The stocky former Bayern star is a Champions League winner, and is the sort of calibre of player Newcastle should be targeting if they are serious about a top eight challenge.

A magician on the ball, Shaqiri was cast aside from Bayern and has wound up playing for Inter. The Italian giants accepted a bid from Stoke for his services, though a move did not come to fruition. Should he be on the market, he is perhaps the best signing Newcastle could possibly make this summer.

Much more of a technician, he does not provide the same natural width as perhaps Townsend or Young, but a lot more creativity. He is probably too talented for the club in their current state, but Inter appear willing to shift the Swiss.

For the good times to roll back at St. James’ Park, Shaqiri is the sort of addition they need.