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Current Championship leaders Newcastle are bound to make an immediate return to the topflight next season following their drop to the second tier last term, and the extent to which they prepare for life in the Premier League would go a long way in determining if they are able to avoid relegation again.
It would be expected of Benitez’s side to make a decent finish on the table in the topflight next term, with the club owner Mike Ashley willing to splash the cash in the summer transfer window just to make Newcastle great again.
Players that can make their dreams come true would come for a price, though, and while they won’t be making groundbreaking transfers, the right players are expected to be bought, and here are 3 who would be perfect summer arrivals to help lead Newcastle to safety and a commendable finish on the Premier League campaign log.
Benitez was keen on bringing the side’s former winger back in the January transfer window, and while Palace weren’t willing to let him go on loan, a permanent deal could still be struck in summer for the 25-year-old winger.
Townsend’s impressive form under Benitez in the Premier League last term saw him warm his way into the hearts of Newcastle faithful, and they would welcome a return despite their initial disappointments.
Benitez is optimistic he can bring out the best in Townsend once again despite a dip in form with the Eagles, and that he isn’t a key part at Selhurst Park as they battle relegation also means he wouldn’t hesitate to switch to the Saint James’ Park, where he can be assured of regular and first team football.
Of all Newcastle’s wingers, Richie remains the only one that has consistently impressed all along the campaign, with the likes of Atsu and Gouffran below par.
With a quality like Townsend on board, Benitez can be assured of having 2 great wingers available for his starting XI.