Well it’s that time of year again. New Manager, New Coaches and hopefully new Players. We have been promised some big spending but I suspect that 2 £15 players will be the limit with a few cheaper options. The question is who? But in order to determine that we need to determine how we are going to play. 1 striker or 2? Wing Backs? Three at the back? Well we need an all new back four just about so I’ll go 4-4-1-1.
So starting at the front we need a CF to lead the Line, and Charlie Austin at £15m has been linked, So has Andy Carroll at considerably less. I don’t see Bamford or Berhino as leading the line. Bas Dost is 6′ 5” which is good, and at £7m a cheaper option. We already have Cisse, but I want three options. So I would look at Robert Beric from Rapid Vienna only 23 Slovenian and with 27 goals from 33 starts last season, a snip at £2m.
Behind our CF we need a creative second striker. We have DeJong, Vuckic & Perez. In this SS / Attacking Midfield role. That’s 2 sicknotes and a kid. So I would cast a look at Nikolaos Karelis who is 23 and plays as a second striker for Panathinaikos. He would cost about £2.5m and he scored 13 goals last season. Juanmi from Malaga is only 22 would cost £6m but only scored 8.
Also in attacking roles I want wingers. We have Cabella and Marveaux. Maybe McLaren can get a tune out of those two, and we have young Aarons coming through. But this is where we need to spend. On the LW I’d buy Shkelzen Gashi from FC Basel at 26 and £5m he is not cheap, but 26 goals from 39 last season is not to be sniffed at. On the RW I want Domenico Berardi. Now this is my big buy. He’s only 20, left footed right winger, playing for Sassuolo (on loan from Juve) in Italy Serie A he knocked in 15 gaols and 13 assists. A snip at £15m. I’ll take that.
CM we have Tiote & Sissoko who if on their day are actually an excellent pairing. However, we may lose one or both of them which leaves Colback and Abeid which whilst OK does need some support. I’m not convinced that Anita & Bigi provide that. Possibly Leroy Fer & Will Hughes who McLaren will know, but at about £8m each do we need to spend? For me only if we sell in this area first.
Full backs we have Dummett & Haidara on the left and Janmaat on the right. Now I know Micah Richards has been mentioned, but Kieron Tripper at Burnley and Andy Robertson from Hull both had decent seasons and £8m for the pair might be better value than Richards wages.
Which of course leaves CB I think that given that the only one who may make the grade is Lescalles, and he is not the finished article, then we can look at Steven Caulker at QPR and James Chester at Hull. But I like the look of Stefan Mitovic at Frieburg. At £3m he is about the same prices as James Chester whilst Steven Caulker is being talked of at £15m.
So, there are 3 £15m players there, Austin, Calker & Berardi. I’ll happily settle for 2 of those. Then there are another 6 players for a total of £20m Beric, Karelis, Gashi, Tripper, Robertson & Mitrovic. Then if we need some others due to players moving on then there are a few options in there. Now I’m not suggesting for 1 minute that I’m a better scout than Carr, or that the stats that I have accessed for these players means that they are the right players for us, but is shows what is out there. We could have a complete new team. But then Spurs tried that when they sold Bale. And this is Newcastle. Will Ashley put his money where his mouth is?
Darlow, Jaanmat, Aaulker, Mitrovic, Robertson, Fer, Hughes, Berardi, DeJong, Gashi, Austin
Who do you want?