Welcome back to my blog, and today we are taking a small break from my FIFA World Cup series to review 5 signings the Magpies can sign to break into the top 6. I was browsing Youtube recently, and chanced upon a Sky Sports on this topic, which you can watch using the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnqPV8oHULo&t=608s
While I felt they did a decent job, I couldn’t help but feel I should try my hand at a similar article and see if I could build a better side for the Magpies. Now that all of you get the context, let’s dive into the article.
First off, I will use the same base for my side, with the exception of one player. Thogden and Zac both agreed upon keeping Joelinton in the side, but I think Newcastle can do better. Genuinely. Joelinton has been pretty amazing since turning into a box-to-box midfielder, but i still feel that to truly become a top 6 side, Newcastle require better players.
OK,now into the signings. For the CB position, Thogden suggested Borna Sosa. While he is a top player, I feel one player who would thrive at CB for Newcastle is Nathan Ake. The Dutchman has already played under Eddie Howe for Bournemouth, and he is a top ball-playing CB who could be enticed to St James park by the promise of being a guaranteed starter as well as a reunion with the manager who made his career. He and Botman would have insane chemistry as well, given that both are young Dutch CBs. Another alternative is Antonio Silva from Benfica. The young Portuguese has already been linked to top sides in Europe, but I feel Newcastle could steal him for 50 million or so. Promise him a starting spot, a fat wage and a promising sporting project, and I think he could realistically join Newcastle.
Next: Left-back. Newcastle already have Matt Targett and Dan Burn for that position, but I think signing Robin Gosens could be game changing. The German international has been decent for Inter Milan, but could have his head turned by the prospect of playing in the PL. He mainly plays as a LWB however, so another option could be Raphael Guerreiro. The Portuguese left-back has been an underrated part of Dortmund for years now, and he will definitely be a handy player to have in your side. Offer him the chance to play in the PL and a fat wage and he would join Newcastle in a heartbeat.
Now, the DM to replace Joelinton. I have nothing against the man, I just think Howe should get someone better to replace him. I actually have multiple suggestions, but my main one is Declan Rice. I know you may think I’ve lost my marbles, but I genuinely think this is possible. Rice’s contract is expiring soon, so Newcastle can swoop in with a 60m bid or so, offer him a massive wage hike as well as the prospect of a top sporting project (or even the captaincy), and he may be interested in a move. Another option is Palhinha. Fulham are probably going to get relegated within the next two years or so, and Newcastle can rescue the former Sporting Lisbon talent from the Championship. Wilfred Ndidi is my last suggestion. The Nigerian DM is enjoying his time at Leicester, but I’m pretty sure he would be interested in a move if Newcastle finish higher in the table than the Foxes (which is looking more and more likely). He is a top class player to have, and would be perfect with Guimaraes, allowing the Brazilian to attack more and be a number 8.
Onto my suggestion for the number 10. I agree with the two of them, who picked Maddison for the side. He is a top player, and could become a world beater at Newcastle. Fully approve of that transfer. He has been unlucky in not being picked for England, given his form, and really should move to a top team soon if he wants to reach the next level. However, another player I really love is Eberechi Eze. The young talent has been superb for Palace, and I feel Eddie Howe could take him to the next level and make him a consistent goal contributor. The former QPR starlet has a bright future ahead of him, and becoming a top player for Newcastle United could be part of it. Another suggestion I have is signing Leandro Trossard. The versatile Belgian can play striker, CAM, left-wing and even left wing-back, and he has been spectacular for Brighton this season. It’s a surprise he doesn’t play for a bigger team, and a move to Newcastle may be perfect for his career. He can be a handy backup for Saint-Maximin or Isak, or can even replace Almiron or play as a CAM. Either way, the Belgian would be perfect for Newcastle, and they would provide him a platform to shine.
For the position of right-wing, I agree to a certain extent with Mudryk, but I feel it may be a tad unrealistic as of now. The Ukrainian will probably move to someone like Real Madrid, City, PSG or Arsenal, probably not Newcastle. So while I could see him joining Newcastle, I feel Ferran Torres would be a top signing. The former City winger has been semi-decent for Barca, not really doing as much as Fati or Dembele, which is why I feel he could move to Newcastle. He may not be the most highly-rated player as of now, but the 22 year old definitely has magic in his feet and could do a job for Newcastle. Another alternative is Leon Bailey from Villa. Bailey has already proven he can do it in the CL and a top 4 side, and despite his injury issues, remains a top player. Signing him from Villa would not be a bad idea, and he could be enticed by their far more appealing sporting project and potentially European football next season.
In the end, this is my final line-up; Nick Pope in goal, Trippier, Botman, Ake/Silva and Guerreiro as the backline, a midfield of Guimaraes, Rice and Maddison, and finally a front three of Torres, Isak and Saint-Maximin. I genuinely feel this side could compete for a top 4 spot, and with a few quality bench players, may even win a FA Cup within the next 3 years or so.
That’s all for this article, and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Do look out for my FIFA WC articles coming soon, and till my next article, adios!