This season’s transfer window is among the most important in Newcastle United’s history. Despite being relegated the club remains odds on to come back up from the Championship at the first attempt, but a lot hinges on the business that gets done over the next few weeks.
Rafa Benitez has been very open in stating that we don’t need to sell any players in order to bring in new ones. Regardless, some of the first team squad will inevitably make way this summer – following his team selections as we slid towards relegation it’s fairly obvious who does and doesn’t feature in his plans.
Given the eight extra games that the team will take part in next season the need for boosting areas of the squad is fairly apparent. So who could we call on with experience of playing in the Championship? Here are five potential transfer candidates who could do a job.
The Derby central midfielder has recently come back from a cruciate ligament injury sustained on the first day of the season and, although only 21, had featured regularly for three full seasons before the 2015/16 campaign. He made his debut for England’s U21 team when only 17 and definitely has the potential to develop further – so his next move will be crucial. Hughes signing for Newcastle will very much be dependent on how many midfielders leave though, as it’s an area in which the club are pretty strong right now. He’s also been linked with moves to Premier League clubs already, and may fancy taking the direct route. Very technically gifted with a good eye for a pass, he could be an attractive proposition to add the creativity that has been lacking in the middle of the park.
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