With the new dawn on the toon, new owners, financially invested “money managers” and self-proclaimed deep pockets, it’s not crazy to believe that Newcastle will attempt to overhaul its gaming staff in the next transfer windows.
A lot of people talk about who the club could or should buy but let’s not forget the Newcastle United players who are already here.
Instead of making a wish list for the Football Manager cheat mode, we’re going to look at Newcastle United players who could take a spot on the team for many seasons to come.
Allan Saint-Maximin is one of the most exciting players in the league and arguably the most exciting outside of the Big Six.
It’s no surprise Allan will be staying for a while now. He made public in the transfer window in the summer of 2021 that he would continue if the club continued to show no ambitions. Well, that is no longer the case in Newcastle, it is clear that he is not the finished item and that his potential as a player excites a lot of fans. However, his injury record remains a cause for concern.
With a competent manager and investment in training grounds, medical facilities and better use of sports science, Not only will Allan become a better player, but we should hopefully see a decrease in his injuries as well.
Dubravka has to go down as one of the best transfers of the Mike Ashley era.
Not known to anyone who is not very interested in Slovak football unless your name is Benitez.
Dubravka has been a solid player for Newcastle and was named Player of the Year 2018 by the North East Football Writers Association. In 2019, Dubravka was ranked 20th best player in the Premier League by FourFourTwo, ranking higher than Alisson of Liverpool and De Gea of Manchester United.
Yes, he has had his injury problems lately but he has proven that he is good enough for the league and with other positions on the pitch in much worse shape it is safe to say that a new goalkeeper is not a priority .
In my opinion, Newcastle’s survival last season was largely thanks to Joe Willock.
Scoring seven games in a row is not an easy task. In fact, Joe is the youngest player in Premier League history to have done this! The only other man who can do this in black and white is Alan Shearer himself.
At just 22 years old, he has a long and potentially great career ahead of him.
Miguel Almiron quickly became a fan favorite, partly because he was the player who finally broke Michael Owen’s 14-year transfer record, but mainly because he just kept going.
Newcastle United is a club that cares deeply about players who give everything they have in a game.
Newcastle United players like Jonas Gutierrez, who may not be the most talented but one of the most dedicated and relentless.
With offensive midfielders being a high priority, especially those who would upgrade Miguel, the resources Newcastle have would be much better suited to bolster other positions on the pitch.
This is probably the most controversial choice on the list as Jamaal has its critics. But listen to me …
Sitting at Milburn on March 10, 2018, I watched Kenedy score an incredible early brace and a Matt Ritchie branded volley. We confidently beat Southampton that day and despite the goals and fame, it was a brilliant performance by Lascelles that caught the eye.
After the game, the crowd walked down the street to party with a pint too much and the crowd started chanting, “Southgate has his number, he’s taking it to Russia!”
Jamaal Lascelles is a good center-back, less conspicuous and not as quick as some, but solid and vocal. His ability to speak out and not take prisoners in the locker room, especially when Newcastle went down, earned him the armband under Benitez.
This ability to evoke a player who doesn’t claim their weight regardless of their name, salary, or experience will be vital and will raise expectations of new “big money” entrants.
In addition to a good ball-playing center-back, Jamaal could be instrumental in transitioning from Mike Ashley’s budget ball to the dizzying heights of real world-class football.