Newcastle’s transfer ins and outs have been announced, with Joelinton and Shelvey set to be released, but Allan Saint-Maximin set to remain.
NEWCASTLE have emerged as the country’s most ambitious club, and they can expect to be sitting at the top table in no time.
Although the Toon’s much-needed roster revamp will be gradual, the new owners will be planning ahead.
SunSport evaluates who should be kept and who should be shown the exit door.
The 24-year-old Frenchman is under contract until 2026, but he warned Newcastle in May that they must match his ambition… well, how about £320 billion?
And, as evidenced by two goals and three assists in seven games this season, there is now substance to go along with the tricks and thrilling dashes.
Saint-Maximin is already a Toon Army hero, and if he’s still on Tyneside when the Magpies expect to compete for titles, he’ll be an icon. It’s probably a good time to request a raise! He’ll be hoping that the new owners’ notion of taking a decade to compete is merely them not wanting to promise the world on day one.
The striker turned down Aston Villa’s offer to wear the historic No9 shirt in front of the Toon Army, and he has the goals to play a major part if he remains fit.
For the time being, Alan Shearer’s record of 148 Premier League goals for the Magpies appears secure, but with 14 already, Wilson should be able to catch second-placed Peter Beardsley’s 46 in no time.
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Hours after completing the acquisition, new joint-owner Amanda Staveley mentioned local midfielder Sean Longstaff, but that area needs a full rebuild, and Willock is the most likely last man standing.
At the age of 21 years and 276 days, the £20 million summer transfer from Arsenal saved Steve Bruce’s side last season by becoming the youngest player to score in seven straight games.
Any residual qualms about abandoning the Gunners of his youth have vanished. Newcastle is the place to be, and Willock might play an important role.
The Brazilian’s six goals have cost £6.6 million each after 76 games. Before the takeover, the £40 million flop was not the answer, and he isn’t now.
If there is a player in there, he has only displayed it in passing — and never in front of goal.
Bruce has used him frequently, but rarely on the left flank, where he flourished at Hoffenheim. That, however, is not an excuse.
The Galacticos are on their way, and Joelinton has had his chance to stop them.
The feisty Scot, who has been a devoted servant since his arrival from Bournemouth in 2016, will be well aware that the writing is on the wall.
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