Go for it Rafa – 2 Bargain signings Newcastle should complete before January deadline

Rafael Benitez

2 Bargain Signings Newcastle Should Complete Before Deadline Day

It’s no secret at all that Newcastle United need some new players next week, whether they get any at all though remains to be seen given the current lies and mistruths spouted by those in charge of the club currently. If Rafa Benitez is allowed to sign anyone in the end, they’ll need to be cheap and so it would be no surprise to see only loan players such as Chelsea’s Kenedy coming through the door.

If there is any money though, it may be spent on the midfield, as Mikel Merino, either through lack of experience or niggling injuries, is not a player that Rafa can confidently expect to play every game and create the number of chances needed to keep Newcastle up.

Jonjo Shelvey is equally unreliable for all sorts of reasons and so it would be no surprise for a creative midfielder to be sought. Isaac Hayden too is inexperienced at this level and so a better holding midfielder would also be a great bonus for the club. Here are two such players Rafa go could for:

Lewis Holtby (Hamburg)

Former Tottenham man Holtby has been on Rafa’s radar for some time and could be available for as little as £5million.

As well as creating the sort of chances as yet not provided by Shelvey and Merino, he could also play further forward and could bridge the gap between the striker and the midfield, which Rafa has always wanted at Newcastle but never got. The ‘Gerrard’ type of role has never been filled at St. James’ Park and perhaps Holtby could play in a similar style.

Dani Garcia (Eibar)

It is hoped that the relationship is good between Newcastle and Eibar having worked together last summer on the transfer of French centre-back Florian Lejeune. Garcia is another talented player at the Spanish club, a defensive midfielder, and one who could yet be sold.

Garcia has more than held his own when playing against the better and more talented players in La Liga this term and remains undervalued by most in the game, given his passive style and the fact that he is not playing for one of Spain’s superpowers.

He would be an excellent addition for Newcastle though and he is someone who could make all the difference when judgement day comes in May.

Written by Gary Christie

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