Signing Lewis Travis will strengthen Newcastle for the relegation battle
Newcastle have had a very treacherous season so far and even though results and performances haven’t completely gone in their favour so far, Rafa Benitez will be confident that he can guide them to another year of safety.
They currently find themselves at 17th place, having won just 5 of their 23 games this campaign. While they are just one point ahead of 18th-placed Cardiff, their saving grace is that they can climb all the way up to 14th by getting just one point if other results were to go in their favour.
The most worrying part for Benitez though must be the fact that they have only managed to score 19 goals all campaign even with top strikers like Joselu, Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto still available in their ranks.
Despite having Ayoze Perez, Kenedy and Jonjo Shelvey, who are all players capable of pitching in with goals, their performances this season have been boring and quite static.
There is clearly something missing in this Newcastle attack and even though they have the striker and wingers for the job, it just seems like the midfield is unable to handle the pressure of having to do both the defensive and attacking work.
Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff have been playing this position in recent weeks. Still only 23 and 21 respectively, depending on just two players to anchor the midfield of a side who are facing the prospect of a late-season relegation scrap is probably not a very good idea.
Newcastle must jump at the possibility of signing another player to provide cover in this position. Tracking Lewis Travis as a possible addition to the squad makes sense for Rafael Benitez.
Travis is a box-to-box midfield player who does most of his work a good 20 yards away from the edge of the opposition box. He is a very good passer of the ball in the middle of the park and will certainly help Newcastle control games better.
His sharpness and clarity of mind allow him to keep his composure when under pressure and he possesses a keen eye for threaded passes, which makes him a massive attacking threat as well.
While he doesn’t get into the box very often, he also has a rocket of a shot from long range. Also, he was originally a right-back who was converted into a defensive midfielder, so the option of playing him at right-back will still be available to Rafa.
He is a versatile player who could fit in well at St.James’ Park and given their current concerns with the squad, this will be a very shrewd piece of business.