F365’s summer transfer guide: Newcastle to Southampton

Date published: Thursday 30th May 2019 9:39

This is part four. Arsenal to Burnley is here, Chelsea to Leicester can be found here and Liverpool to Manchester United is here.

 

Newcastle United

What do they need?
Whether they are shopping with £60m or £260m, what they need is clear: A full-back on either side (ending the season as Matt Ritchie and Javier Manquillo as your wing-backs is never ideal, however excellent your centre-halves), some new blood in central midfield and a couple of strikers. Rafa Benitez, the players and the fans all want one of those strikers to be Salomon Rondon, but the club may well balk at the £16m price tag for a 30-year-old. They will want younger for less. The need is certainly pressing in midfield, where Sean Longstaff looks promising but the supporting cast of Mo Diame (likely to leave this summer), Issac Hayden (also likely to leave this summer) and Ki Sung-Yeung is hardly inspirational.

What will they get?
Rondon, eventually, you would think. He will likely be joined by 22-year-old Club Brugge striker Wesley. Spanish Under-20 international Marc Cucurella is one of about a zillion left-backs linked, while Reece James is one of the more intriguing options at right-back. Midfield names mentioned include Aaron Mooy and Danny Drinkwater, while Juan Mata is the intriguing name if Newcastle fancy some much-lacking star quality. And if the takeover goes through, they’ll start with Kylian Mbappe, though everybody knows that any decent takeover splurge starts with Shaun Wright-Phillips.

What’s been said:
“In terms of how we spend our money moving forward we would envisage spending it on quality rather than quantity – players that can really make the difference and improve the team. We’d then look to supplement this with loans etc” – Managing director Lee Charnley, April 2019.

 

Norwich City

What do they need?
First priority has to be a striker to compete with/supplement Teemu Pukki, who managed to start 43 of 46 Championship games last season but surely cannot be expected to deliver that level of work rate (or goals) in the Premier League. Then there’s a new goalkeeper and a defensive midfielder, but the priority for Norwich this summer has to be keeping hold of Max Aarons and Ben Godfrey for at least one season to give them a fighting chance of survival.

What will they get?
Norwich are not prepared to match Sheffield Wednesday’s £7m asking price for Jordan Rhodes, so could turn to Dwight Gayle instead. Any other signings are likely to be cheapish players from the Championship or lower – Rotherham midfielder Semi Ajayi and Brentford defender Yoann Barbet have both been mentioned – as Norwich have made it clear they will spend no more than £20m this summer.

What’s been said:
“We have come out of a financial hole, because we have been fortunate enough to get promoted to the Premier League, so what we have to do is make sure we don’t put ourselves back in that place, get relegated, and then we are at the point I was two years ago.We have to make sure we learn from those mistakes. If that ends up with relegation and we have to go again, then that’s life. We could spend £100m and still get relegated. It is an unforgiving league and we will be favourites to go down from day one. We just have to ignore the noise” – Sporting Director Stuart Webber, April 2019.

 

Sheffield United

What do they need?
Squad depth, basically, but new specifically new strikers. Right now, their only attacking options are Billy Sharp (33) and David McGoldrick (31). Which brings us to youth – this is an old squad, with on-loan players Dean Henderson and Kieran Dowell the only players under the age of 25 to log significant minutes last season. They could look very slow in the Premier League. So two new strikers, at least one centre-half, a left-back and a couple of central midfielders should do it. All for about £35m.

What will they get?
British players – manager Chris Wilder has underlined the importance of buying British and the club are an anomaly in that they have no players born outside of Britain and Ireland in their squad. So signings are likely to be from the Championship, with Fernando Forestieri, Britt Assombalonga and Neal Maupay mentioned. They might not be British but they have all been here an awful long time. Goalkeeper Dean Henderson is likely to come from Manchester United for another loan spell while one intriguing link is Phil Jagielka, who could return to Bramall Lane after 12 years to offer some leadership after the exit of Paul Coutts.

What’s been said:
“We’ve seen what’s happened to other clubs.  That’s the last thing I would ever do – put the club’s future in danger with a boom and bust scenario, where people get hurt. That won’t be happening at all. I think the approach will be a sensible and pragmatic one. We will still try to get value for money, but we will still try to improve. We’ve tried to improve year on year. Obviously this is a bigger step than we’ve taken before, but that still has to be that approach” – Chris Wilder, May 2019.

 

Southampton

What do they need?
To get rid of a whole load of overpaid under-performing players – a long list features Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt, Sofiane Boufal, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Fraser Forster, Guido Carrillo, Shane Long, Charlie Austin – and bring in a four or five players who can be moulded by Ralph Hasenhuttl. The Saints need at least one centre-half to supplement Jan Bednarek and Jannik Westergaard, a right-back to replace Cedric and at least two attacking players. The goalkeeping and midfield positions are well stocked but there needs to be an injection of quality elsewhere. Southampton had more shots than Arsenal last season, for God’s sake.

What will they get?
Aleksandar Mitrovic is one intriguing name, and you can certainly imagine him arriving along with somebody unproven at this level like Che Adams or Harry Wilson. There have been wingers linked – Ademola Lookman, Yannick Bolasie among them – but Adam Lallana is one name that stands out. He ticks a lot of boxes in terms of guile and also the pressing game Hasenhuttl will want to instill after a full pre-season. Central defender wise, we would expect something closer to Tyrone Mings than Gary Cahill. This will be a fascinating summer.

What’s been said:
“We need more quality next season. We must create more quality but maybe also get quality in from new players. That is what we are looking for in the summer for sure. It will be a difficult summer for sure because we have our limits with transfer fees and things like that but we must be clear that we have to make a few new players in the team” – Ralph Hasenhuttl, May 2019.

 

Sarah Winterburn

 

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