Our friends over at The Chronicle put together this nice video of potential targets for Newcastle United during the summer break. I will play spoiler and give you the names, but you will have to watch the video to get player statistics.
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Dwight Gayle – Striker
The Chronicle has two surveys they are running. One deals with picking Gayle or Adam Armstrong, and the other whether a Gayle signing is wanted by the fan base. Dwight is grossly losing the former, and a bit under warm in the latter. Gayle started in only eight matches while seeing game action in sixteen total. He did maximize that time scoring three times on 22 shots, and in fairness he did deal with injuries throughout the campaign. Whether he’ll improve his status for Newcastle is unknown, and dropping down a league to maintain a similar position would be odd so he would probably want to be assured of a starting slot.
Alvaro Arbeloa – Right Back
Playing for Real Madrid this past season Arbeloa was in action for only nine matches, including Champions play. The 33-year-old defender may be a mature piece in Rafa’s rebuild as he and Benitez do have a history. The Newcastle coach brought Alvaro to Liverpool back in 2007, and Rafa coached him at Madrid last summer. If Arbeloa is looking to reignite his career, he could see considerable playing time at the much needed right back position. He has also seen time at left back.
Patrick Bamford – Striker
Bamford failed to make an impact in the Premier League this past season after a successful 2014/15 Championship campaign where he netted 17 goals. He was initially signed to the Premier by Chelsea, but could not find a home there. Do we want a player who could shine for clubs like Norwich and Crystal Palace? Reports say confidence is one of his best qualities, but one person I spoke to expressed his confidence as something closer to an attitude problem. It is possible, at age 22, he was not ready for the Premier League. We saw Mitrovic struggle as well. Bamford is also being targeted by Aston Villa. Bamford’ price tag is reportedly high at £10million.
Victor Anichebe – Striker
The recently released forward from West Bromwich Albion may just be a name in the mix. Having scored just six goals in 55 Premier League matches for The Baggies over three season is not a strong resume. In a seven-year stint with Everton he logged 18 goals over 131 matches. He has a physique that would give Newcastle a more prominent physical presence, but his history of injuries is a negative. It is also being reported his price tag may be too high when considering how he has performed. This one seems like a name for the mill.
Lee Tomlin - Attacking Midfield
According to The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder Newcastle have little interest in Tomlin. While his £2.5million fee is reasonable, but one source claims his present club, Bristol City, will sign him. His value may be in his ability to play striker, on the wing and as an attacking midfielder. He is, however, another player who could not make in impact in the Premier as Bournemouth loaned him out during the winter transfer window. After his move back to Championship he scored six goals in 18 appearances.