It’s fair to say that yesterday’s Team of the Season saw several worthy inclusions miss out, as the quality of the Championship hits an all time high this year.
In light of this we’ve picked FIVE players who, despite missing out on yesterday’s TOTS, could be potential players Newcastle look to sign over the summer:
The Fulham midfielder was a surprise absentee from yesterday’s Team of the Season, bagging and impressive 9 goals and 10 assists this term. The Scotsman ran the show in Fulham’s 3-1 win at St.James’ this month, showing Newcastle would be wise to renew their interest in the 26 year-old this summer.
2. Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday)
The diminutive Italian is a player i’ve liked for a while now, having scored 26 goals and laying on 11 assists across the past two Championship seasons for Sheffield Wednesday. Able to operate out wide, up top or in the hole, Forestieri is a sparky player with incredible work rate and match winning ability. One of the Championship’s best players & someone more than capable of mixing it in the top flight.
With 19 goals so far for relegation threatened Bristol City, to say the 19 year-old striker (on-loan from Chelsea) has risen to the occasion would be an understatement. From what i’ve seen, the 6ft 4 striker not only has an undoubted instinct for goals, but a turn of pace, neat feet for a big man and an impressive maturity to his game for a player so young. It’s unlikely Chelsea would sell such a prospect, but it could be worth taking a look at for Newcastle.
4. Helder Costa (Wolves)
The Portuguese winger has been a real shining light in a poor season for Wolves, weighing in with an impressive 11 goals and 8 assists in all competitions. Wolves only recently signed the 23 year-old, ex-Benfica man for £13m in January, however, his ability to beat a man and wand of a left foot mean he is destined for bigger things than Wolves look likely to achieve. He’d no doubt be a superb addition to the Newcastle side should we get promoted. We’d face stiff competition and a hefty fee, mind!
Like Tammy Abraham, Izzy Brown is an England U-21 prospect owned by Chelsea. The attacking midfielder has caused Newcastle problems twice this season, during loan spells this season with Rotherham and Huddersfield. The 20 year-old, who has 7 goals and 5 assists this season, looks confident with the ball at his feet and a strong runner with the ball, possessing tight dribbling and a good energy to his game. Given the lack of opportunities Brown may be handed at Chelsea, Benitez could look turn to his old club to secure a deal for the capable young talent.