After browsing Facebook last night, I came across a question from the Chronicle, asking fans “If you could sign one realistic target for Newcastle United this summer, who would it be?”.
The responses were interesting, with several players cropping up on more than one occasion – Salomon Rondon, Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney, Liverpool’s Harry Wilson and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser to name a few.
Here’s some of the names mentioned after sifting through the 250+ fan responses:
“Lewis Cook from Bournemouth. Young and exciting midfield player. Plus Kieran Tierney from Celtic.”
“Origi and Rondon.”
“Barnes from Leicester and Grealish!”
“Lookman on loan and Rondon. Also try for Mouniè (Huddersfield) as he’d be cheap, didn’t have a good season but he’s 24. Under the right guidance he could be good for us. Get rid of Joselu and Gayle to free up funds. Bring Sørensen up.”
“Ryan Babel and Jack Grealish, plus of course Rondon.”
“Do like Wolves and find Portuguese bargains. Wouldn’t mind Sálvio from Benfica, Argentinian international, or Fedsja Servia – defensive midfielder”
“Wanyama from Spurs, Wilson from Liverpool Mata on a free and Rondon on a Permanent.”
“Rondon, Welbeck, Jack Grealish and Harry Arter.”
“Tierney, Joelinton, Ryan Sessegnon, Schurrle, James McCarthy, Ryan Fraser. To name a few!!”
“Odriozola form Madrid as a loan”
“Will Hughes or Fabian Delph.”
“I would love to see Jack Grealish, Jack Harrison or Hernandez from Leeds. And Ryan Fraser – but I think he will end up at somewhere like Spurs.”
“James Forrest from Celtic.”
“Loftus-cheek if he was fully fit.”
“Think James Ward Prowse would be a cracking signing. Pretty unlikely, but he is box to box and could fit into this counter attacking side well”
“Rondon, Tierney, Jack Buckland, Jarrod Bowen, Pascal Gross, Welbeck. Ryan Babel.”
“Harry Wilson. Nathan Redmond.”
“Tierney and Lewis Cook.”
“Ryan Frazer or Mata”
“Juan Mata, Daniel Sturridge and Ryan Fraser.”
Unfortunately, a few of these seemed ‘unrealistic’ if a takeover didn’t come off. After all, the likes of Villa’s Jack Grealish, Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Leicester’s Harvey Barnes would no doubt demand big bucks.
Juan Mata seemed a popular one, no doubt fuelled by the Sun’s ‘exclusive’ last week claiming Rafa wanted Ashley to sign him on a free this summer.
At full-back, Celtic’s Kieran Tierney was mentioned several times – and I can see why given he looks too good for the SPL, all action and seems likely to be available at an affordable price.
The likes of Fraser (Bournemouth) and Wilson (Liverpool) were mentioned – two players who have also been linked in recent weeks – however both would command fees of £25m plus in this day and age.
It’s a totally hypothetical conversation right now given Rafa’s future and a potential takeover appear to be hanging in the balance, but it’s always interesting to see fans responses when asked to name a ‘realistic’ signing.