With the takeover just waiting for Premier League approval, I thought we could start looking towards the future. With a new, ambitious owner looking to fire us back up the Premier League table, the first few signings will be essential in sending a message of intent.
We have been rumoured with a multitude of players in recent weeks, with Griezmann, Cavani, and Vidal just a few which have filled the headlines.
I think the following 3 players would be acute acquisitions for our new owners, strengthening our squad in areas we are desperate for.
The first signing we just need to make is Jetro Willems. I think it would be hard to find a Newcastle United fan who disagrees with this point.
The Dutchman slotted in seamlessly at left back for the Magpies following his loan switch from Frankfurt. He adds an excellent attacking option to our play, combining brilliantly with Allan Saint-Maximin down the left for Newcastle.
Throughout his loan spell, he accumulated 2 goals and 2 assists in the Premier League. There were notable goals against both Liverpool and Manchester City, while he also set up Matty Longstaff for his strike against Manchester United.
The only drawback of Willems appears to be his injury record. He is currently on the sidelines with a Cruciate Ligament Rupture suffered against Chelsea, while during his time at PSV, he picked up 8 injuries during a 5 year period. These injuries caused the Dutchman to miss a total 63 games.
With this in mind I still think the deal would be a no brainer and a great addition to our squad. The player has publicly stated he wants to join Newcastle and appears to have great chemistry with his squadmates already. Available for around £11 million, I would make Jetro Willems our first signing of the new era.
The second signing I think we should complete, would be Colombian international, James Rodriguez.
With a new owner overlooking things at St James Park, there will be new objectives, probably a new manager, and therefore more than likely, a new playing style.
We have been accustomed to seeing Newcastle playing with a five man backline, limiting our presence in midfield. I believe in the future though, we may see a shift back to a 4 man defence, utilizing the extra player in a number 10 role.
James Rodriguez would be a brilliant fit for this role, as we saw during the 2014 World Cup, in which he won the Golden Boot. This tournament was likely the highlight of his career so far, with the Colombian not being able to pin down a regular starting role in Madrid.
His loan spell to Bayern Munich allowed him to rediscover some form, scoring 14 goals in 43 matches while lifting two German titles. The German club however opted against signing the attacking midfielder permanently and so he returned to Madrid at the end of the 2018/19 season.
Rodriguez’s contract is set to expire on 30th June 2021, which could urge Real Madrid to offload the 28 year old, before a year passes allowing the Colombian to leave on a free. I believe he can add that sense of excitement, experience and attacking prowess to a Newcastle frontline that has lacked firepower in the current campaign.
The final signing I would like us to make is none other than current Premier League hitman, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
This would truly send out a marker, not just to the Premier League teams, but also to world football. The Gabon international has previously been linked to Newcastle during his time at Saint Etienne.
We could not get our man back in 2013, with the striker instead making the switch to Borussia Dortmund, before making the move to the Premier League with Arsenal.
Since joining the Gunners in 2018, he has managed to net 49 goals in 75 games! He is currently ranked second in the Premier League top scorer charts with 17 goals, scoring one every 136 minutes he has been on the pitch.
The striker possess the aura of a natural goalscorer, that we have not seen in black and white for a long time now. You get the feeling each time he is on the pitch that a goal could happen at any moment. He possess the pace to get in behind defences, has the aerial ability to pose a threat in the box, and excellent composure when it comes to finishing chances.
The 30 year old again remains in contract until June 2021. Arsenal could therefore be forced to let go of their star striker, and if Newcastle can profit of this situation we could have a deadly striker with Premier League experience leading our frontline over the next few years.
Who would be your first Newcastle United signings of the new era?
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