After a good start from Newcastle, there are a few areas that need to be strengthened. I’ll be looking at three positions.
1. Left back
An injury to Paul Dummett on the first day of the season and the departure of Lazaar on loan further highlights how badly the squad needs a left back. Dummett has never been spectacular in the first place and many fans called for him to be replaced last season. A modern Premier League fullback is always looking to bomb forward to aid in attacks and hit teams on the counter, Dummett, on the other hand, rarely leaves his own half in open play.
Suggested replacement: Kieran Tierney
This may be a bit of a long shot as a few big clubs are already interested but he would be a real coup. The Scotsman is only 20 and could play for another 10 years. He is great going forward which is absolutely key.
2. Attacking midfield
With Diame being poor in his limited minutes and Perez being very inconsistent with his poor performances, an attacking mid is desperately needed. Having someone to link up with the striker is key as that connection isn’t quite happening.
Suggested replacement: Jonathan Viera
The AM from Las Palmas is 27 so the club would be buying a player right in his prime. Last season, he got seven assists (Perez six, Diame three), created 81 chances (Perez 43, Diame 30) and completed 74 key passes (Perez 37 and Diame 27) in around the same amount of games (stats from Squawka). This shows that the Spaniard is a clear upgrade on both players.
Goals have been a bit of an issue so far with Joselu missing several easy chances, Gayle looking completely off the pace and Mitrovic not being given a chance, goals are needed from somewhere.
Suggested replacement: Jonas
Jonas is getting old (33 to be exact) but having an experienced striker isn’t a bad thing. In his 88 games for Benfica, he’s netted 74 goals which is a very clinical record. He’s scored 10+ goals in every season since 2011/12 in Spain and Portugal.
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