Newcastle United are on the verge of one of the most successful seasons in the club’s history, currently sat fourth in the Premier League table and a favourite to qualify for Champions League football next season.
However, there is always room to improve the current squad and heavy investment is expected in the upcoming summer window to make this success as sustainable as possible.
This article will look at where Newcastle United can strengthen further before the start of next season.
Fan favourite Dan Burn has proved more than capable of filling in at left-back on a consistent basis, but Eddie Howe’s side could certianly benefit from a progressive talent on the left-hand side.
Valencia’s Jose Gaya has been one of La Liga’s top full-backs for numerous years now and has consistenly been linked with a move to the Premier League with the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur linked in the past.
The 27-year-old has a wealth of experience behind him, making 317 appearances for the Spanish side as well as 19 caps for Spain’s first-team, scoring three goals.
Gaya is currently valued at around £35million according to transfermarkt but with Valencia currently sat in the relegation zone in La Liga, that price tag could ultimately be cut in half.
With a full-back pairing of Kieran Trippier and Gaya, Howe would have a wealth of creative flexbility from the flanks as well as two more than capable defenders alongside the two centre-backs.
With the increasing age profile of the likes of Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles, Newcastle could turn to Marc Guehi as a long-term partner to Sven Botman.
The Crystal Palace defender has become one of the most promising defenders in English football since his £20million move from Chelsea in 2021.
Now valued at around £35million, the centre-back has played in 30 of Palace’s 31 games this season forming a formidable partnership with Joachim Andersen at the heart of defence.
The 22-year-old has also made three appearances for England and has reportedly caught the eye of numerous top clubs such as Arsenal and Bayern Munich in the past year.
Guehi is a brilliant ball playing centre-back, but also has a relentless style of defending that would be a hit with the Newcastle United supporters.
The likes of Sean Longstaff and Joe Willock have had brilliant seasons for the Magpies, but I can’t help but feel Leicester City’s James Maddison would add a whole new dynamic to Eddie Howe’s setup.
The 26-year-old has been one of the league’s best players despite his side currently sitting 19th in the table with relegation to the Championship more likely than ever for the Foxes.
Despite this, Maddison has scored nine goals and assisted six in 24 appearances in the Premier League this season causing him to be heavily linked with a move to the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City as well as a move to Tyneside.
With Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes providing the legs behind him, Maddison could take Newcastle United’s attacking displays to a whole new level, creating more chances for Alexander Isak and Callum Wilson than ever before.
The Leicester captain is currently valued at £50million, but if Leicester were to be relegated from the Premier League his price tag could drop.