Regular Cynic and Newcastle United fan Michael Chapman gives his thoughts on Newcastle United’s Inbound Transfers 2016/17.
So far this has been a summer of changes, well needed, under Rafa Benitez. Newcastle United have spent €51.5m on seven players, while also adding right back Jesus Gamez on a free transfer. The average age of the inbound players is 25, just about in the sweet spot for most professional athletes. This is generally an age just after the period when they are ripe for learning and transitioning into potential for peak performance.
If the buys pan out we will have outfield players Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley and Dwight Gayle for several years to come. Not only could they be key to our impending promotion, but also to our future Premier League success.
Newcastle Transfers Summer 2016/2017
At the time of writing there is only one league match from which to gain any knowledge about Rafa Benitez’s tactical plans. If, and it is a big if, the 4-4-1-1 formation holds true, these purchases have created much depth. Something many Newcastle fans have been crying out for the past several seasons.
It does seem like Moussa Sissoko will be sold if anything close to the desired bid is received. Tim Krul could also go if the right price is met, but the most interesting possible sale is Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Serbian target man is rumored to be on the block and it could be a very controversial sale indeed. There is no question he can provide goals but does his attitude and short temper on the pitch negate the positives? Even if Benitez’s tactical plans include only one forward in the starting role Newcastle could still be caught out if an injury occurs to Dwight Gayle.
What do you think of Rafa’s transfer dealings? Is he the man to achieve instant promotion for the Magpies? Let us know on Twitter (@90MinuteCynic) or the comments below.
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*Fees taken from transfermarkt.com
**Stats taken from Squawka.com & WhoScored.com