Speaking on the Talksport breakfast show yesterday, Newcastle United legend Mick Quinn announced four players which he would like to see Newcastle United sign this summer.
Following our promotion back to the Premier League, Newcastle have a big job on their hands this summer, with it being widely accepted that several first team additions will be required if we are to compete in the top flight next season.
The former Newcastle forward offered his transfer suggestions on Alan Brazil’s breakfast show yesterday, recommending the following four players to the United boss this summer:
“You might not be able to buy them but you would be able to loan them – Iheanacho from Manchester City – he has pace and scores every time he comes on.”
“Then you have Batshuayi at Chelsea – there are two players with pace up front.”
“Then I would also like to see Joe Hart in goal and Michael Carrick – for the experience.”
Starting with Iheanacho and Batshuayi, Mick makes a valid point. These are not players i’d expect us to be able to sign outright, but as he alludes to, both would be very handy loan signings for Newcastle next season. The pair have had limited game time with Manchester City and Chelsea respectively and could be on the look out for new opportunities this summer.
The comes Joe Hart, who I believe to be an unrealistic and slightly unnecessary suggestion. Let’s face it, the England no.1 is likely to have bigger and better options made available to him this summer as he looks set to leave Manchester City. Also, whilst he would undoubtedly be the best keeper in our ranks, goalkeeper isn’t an area we need to invest in, with Benitez having a plethora of stoppers to choose from this summer as it is (Elliot, Darlow, Krul, Sels and Woodman all on our books).
Finally, Michael Carrick – a player with Geordie roots who has been tipped for a return to the North-East for a number of years now. He turns 36 this summer and whilst he still looks capable of cutting it at Premier League level, the midfielder has recently suggested he may retire should Manchester United fail to offer him a new contract. It looked likely at one stage and his experience would be invaluable, but I don’t see this one happening now.