How July could be a productive month for Newcastle United
Newcastle United made an impressive return to the Premier League under manager Rafa Benitez as the club finished 10th in the league. The Magpies didn’t make the best of starts to their season but certainly ended it in stylish fashion, with the club winning 3-0 against Chelsea at St. James’ Park.
The former Liverpool manager will now be aiming to take his Newcastle team to new heights next season. The club have retained their spot in the Premier League and now it’s time to move forward. Rafa Benitez should be looking to cement Newcastle United’s mid-table finish. Here’s how a perfect July could do the Magpies a world of good.
Holding onto Matt Ritchie and Jamaal Lascelles
If Benitez wants to maintain the team’s momentum next season, he’s going to have to hold onto his best players. Matt Ritchie is reportedly a subject of interest from Championship team Stoke City, who were relegated from the Premier League this season.
He was an integral part of the Magpies squad last season and a constant threat going forward. Benitez should certainly hold onto the former Bournemouth midfielder. Ritchie is versatile and possesses the ability to play in a number of positions across the field.
He provides Benitez with depth and the option for the manager to deploy him according to the requirement. Ritchie is surely one of Benitez’s best players in the squad and it’s absolutely vital that Newcastle hold onto him.
Benitez must also make sure he holds onto captain Jamaal Lascelles, whose impressive performances last season have led to heavy attraction. West Ham United are reportedly interested in the centre-back, as Manuel Pellegrini molds his squad. Lascelles was one of the Magpies’ most consistent players this past season. He was a commander at the back and also chipped in with a number of important goals. He is another player Benitez can’t afford to let go.
Snapping Up Ki-Sung Yeung and striking another loan deal for Kenedy
Newcastle United signed Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-Yeung on a free transfer and it was a much-needed one. The Magpies looked toothless going forward and needed additions in the area. Ki is a classy midfielder on the ball and a brilliant footballer. He has an excellent work ethic. The signing will certainly prove to be a massive one of the Magpies.
After Chelsea loanee Kenedy impressed for Newcastle United last season, the club have once again signed the player back on loan. He was a menace going forward and linked up well with his other teammates. Both the moves will prove massive for Newcastle United next season.