All three players joined the club in January and Lee Ryder’s latest piece on the transfer front claims the trio have all ‘expressed an interest’ in staying on a full-time basis, which is good news if true.
Disappointingly, however, the same piece suggests Newcastle look set to pursue a permanent move for Danny Rose instead of fan favourite Jetro Willems, stating ‘fitness issues’ could end the Dutchman’s hopes of returning.
In my opinion, Rose may be a decent buy for the £5m fee mooted, but Jetro Willems looked a much better option and may only cost a fraction more at £9m. It’s also worth noting he’s shown real intent to stay here too, where as we don’t know the full extent of Rose’s plans.
It could yet be that Rose costs more, however, with The Chronicle stating in today’s piece that Spurs quoted us £20m back in January. Lee Ryder says Newcastle hope to negotiate a cut-price fee, however Tottenham would have to reduce their demands by more than HALF if he’s to cost less than Willems?
Hopefully the club realise in time that two left-backs are needed and we sign both, but Ryder’s piece suggests we’ve decided against Willems after that devastating ACL injury and will instead ‘push on for the permanent signing of Rose in that area‘.
Valentino Lazaro has looked much better as a right-winger and impressed massively when he came off the bench against Bournemouth the other day. We are believed to have an option to sign him for £20m, so he may have to put in a few performances of similar ilk in order to convince the board to part with the cash – providing Bruce gives him the minutes!
As for Bentaleb, he’s been a bit of a mixed bag since arriving. His playing style isn’t always eye-catching so he won’t always earn the plaudits, but he also put in a very solid display against Bournemouth in his first start since Project Restart.
Neither player has completely flunked it since their arrival like an Islam Slimani or Seydou Doubmia, so they have from now until the end of the season to build on some impressive displays at Bournemouth and convince the board and supporters that we should sign all three!
A potential takeover could mean some of the above plans change, of course, however we must also accept that the club must press on with transfer plans until they’re told otherwise.