Three Options Rafa Benitez Could Target In January With Limited Financial Resources
Newcastle United are currently in a bit of a sticky situation. Ever since Mike Ashley put the club up for sale, there has been a lot of talk about a proposed takeover but it might not happen in time for Rafa Benitez to spend big in the January window. He will have more funds over the summer but this time, the manager may have to use limited financial resources to strengthen his team.
The Magpies have made a strong start to the new Premier League season and have exceeded expectations with Rafa Benitez in charge. They are in a decent place right now but they are an ambitious club and if they are to fuel their aspirations of climbing the league table, Newcastle will need new recruits.
As of now, the team seems solid in terms of their defence and midfield but their attack is in shambles. The likes of Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic have failed to live up to their billing, leaving the Magpies short of pace up front. This issue came glaringly to the fore in their recent match against Manchester United where the club looked threatening at times without being able to do anything substantial. Hence, here is a look at 3 players who Newcastle could target with limited funds in January.
Cenk Tosun – Besiktas
Linked with Newcastle before, Tosun seems to be the ideal man for the club. He continues to impress for Besiktas and Turkey and is scoring goals on a regular basis. His power up front is exactly what Benitez needs in order to re-ignite some life into his team’s otherwise dull attack. Moreover, he is also adept at setting up chances for his teammates, which will be an attractive proposition for Newcastle.
Danny Ings – Liverpool
Ings continues to be an unused talent at Liverpool and a switch to a more dynamic environment is what he needs in order to kickstart his career. The Liverpool striker has had a tough time dealing with injuries but is back to full fitness and even scored in a U23 match earlier this month. Jurgen Klopp is in no need of attackers up front and Newcastle should make a move for this diamond in the rough.
Andy Carroll – West Ham United
The £9m rated Carroll continues to have a strained relationship with the fans and he has been far from his best for West Ham this season. That could be attributed to the manager’s inefficiency to bring the best out of the player but under Benitez’s watchful eye, he is likely to do a lot better at Newcastle. Moreover, a return to the Magpies will benefit both parties since his style will fit the manager’s ‘one man up front’ idea.