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Answer to Pellegrini’s woes? – Here is why West Ham must acquire the services of this 27-year-old PL midfield veteran

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West Ham United Opinion: Hammers must look to sign Jonjo Shelvey 

Jonjo Shelvey is a 27-year-old Newcastle United midfielder, who hasn’t been able to showcase his qualities for the team this season due to prolonged periods out injured. Having recently returned, Shelvey has found it hard to cope and is struggling to find first-team football.

Newcastle seem to have moved on from their former midfield duo of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey because of the sudden resurgence of young midfield starlets Issac Hayden and Sean Longstaff, who have both taken the Premier League by storm this season.

Shelvey was a product of the Charlton Athletic academy from whom he was scouted and signed by Liverpool all the way back in 2010 as a 17-year-old. After impressing during a loan spell at Blackpool, he won himself a place in the Liverpool squad. 

He was part of the Reds team that successfully won the English League Cup in 2012 and was a key player at Anfield during his time there. Since then though, his career took him to Swansea before he eventually moved to St.James’ Park back in 2017. 

Since making the switch to Tyneside, Shelvey became a key feature of the Newcastle side and scored multiple important goals for them as well. His record in a Magpies shirt boasts 7 goals and 19 assists from over 100 games. 

As suggested by Northern Echo, Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United side are said to be keen on bringing the 27-year-old to the London Stadium as they are looking to improve their bid for European football next season.

They made multiple sensational signings at the start of the campaign including the big money acquisitions of top players like Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko but their season has been a massive let down.

The constant injury problems being faced by Jack Wilshere added to the fact that Mark Noble is now 31 should be motivation enough for Pellegrini to make a move for the Magpies’ man in the summer as he would add a degree of control to the Newcastle midfield. 

He displays amazing composure whenever he gets on the ball in midfield and is capable of either beating his man or picking out a forward runner. He is also a very good finisher of the ball and his contributions in the early stages of this season certainly cannot be overlooked.

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Shelvey was in fairly decent form in the opening months of the current season but the injury he faced ahead of the holiday period has set his progress back quite a bit.

He has since returned and will obviously be raring to prove a point and that’s why a move to West Ham will certainly be fruitful for the player.

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Here are 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle should look to sign in the summer – including Bournemouth duo

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Newcastle United Opinion: Magpies must sign these 3 vital players 

Newcastle United started the Premier League season with a lot of lofty ambitions and dreams. But as it turned out, the harsh reality of the English game didn’t let them get anywhere near their pre-season targets and this was mainly because of the wave of injuries they suffered along the course of the season.

A variety of their star players including the likes of Jonjo Shelley, Mo Diame, Kenedy and Paul Dummett spent prolonged spells on the sideline which certainly didn’t help Rafa Benitez’s cause and managed to put him under a bit of added pressure as well. 

With most of the season now behind us, a quick look back at their season and it could well be branded a successful one considering the apparent inability they showed to score goals in the first part of the season, despite the presence of Salomon Rondon. 

The winter signing of Paraguayan star Miguel Almiron has certainly been a massive success and considering all of this, it’s quite silly to see that Newcastle haven’t been targeting to reach greater heights. With young players like Ayoze Perez and Christian Atsu to push the team forward, there is a bright future ahead. 

The purchase of a couple of high quality players is definitely going to be necessary considering the toll that the injury wave took on them earlier in the season. According to exclusive reports from the Daily Star, Newcastle managed Rafa Benitez has created a shortlist of three players that he wishes to lure to St.James’ Park at the end of the season. 

Dwight McNeil

As suggested by reports, Rafa has added Burnley’s young sensation Dwight McNeil to wish list of summer signing which already included the names of Bournemouth stars Ryan Fraser and David Brooks. With such a massive overhaul planned at the Toon, Rafa could be taking Newcastle into the next phase of the long history. 

Here are the 3 Premier League stars that Newcastle are looking to sign in the summer: 

Dwight McNeil 

The Burnley youngster has been a sensation since bursting onto the Premier League scene earlier in the season and since then, his stock has been skyrocketing.

Still only 19, the Clarets’ prized possession has been showing off his amazing talents off late and it’s no surprise that the bigger teams have begun to ask questions about the 3-goal star.

David Brooks and Ryan Fraser

Ryan Fraser 

Fraser’s season has been one to behold as it seems like he just keeps going from strength to strength. Yet to miss a game in the league this season, Fraser’s contribution to Eddie Howe’s side have been commendable while his numbers which read 7 goals and 11 assists are the stuff of dreams for a young Scot as well. 

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David Brooks 

Another young talent being nurtured and developed by Eddie Howe at the Vitality Stadium, Brooks has been a revelation since coming to the fore when the Cherries needed him most earlier in the season.

Since making the starting role his own, his performance levels have gone up and his record of 7 goals and 5 assists means that the 21-year-old’s value is on the up as well.

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Newcastle United should plot an ambitious swoop to beat Arsenal’s £20m pursuit of this 6-goal PL attacker

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Newcastle United Opinion: Why Ryan Fraser will be a good fit for Newcastle?

According to a report from the Daily Record, Newcastle United are planning to hijack Arsenal’s swoop for Bournemouth star, Ryan Fraser.

The intense interest in Ryan Fraser is not a surprise considering the Scotsman’s fine form this season, scoring six goals and supplying 10 assists in 33 Premier League games. The 25-year-old is currently one of the hottest properties in the Premier League, with Arsenal heavily linked with a £20m move for the Scotland international.

Newcastle United are also interested in Fraser but as they are a club with a tight budget, Rafael Benitez is willing to allow Matt Ritchie head to Bournemouth plus cash in exchange for the diminutive attacker.

If such an offer is made by the Magpies, it remains to be seen what Bournemouth’s stand will be. But ideally, it’ll be a move that could suit all the parties concerned.

Newcastle desperately need more attacking reinforcements in the summer, regardless of the breaking their transfer record for Miguel Almiron in the January transfer window. Almiron has shown flashes of his potential and with time and proper guidance, the Paraguayan can turn out to be a fantastic bit of business.

Kenedy has disappointed this season and will return back to Chelsea following the expiry of his loan at the end of the summer. Ayoze Perez has come good of late for Newcastle but he cannot be relied upon for consistently delivering the goods. The Magpies need a quick, creative and intelligent attacker in their ranks, thus, Benitez would go a good job my making a move for Ryan Fraser.

Fraser has improved leaps and bounds this season, thanks to a wide range of abilities at his disposal. A direct and very rapid winger, the 25-year-old is someone who loves getting into attacking positions, which he has showcased on more than one occasion this season. He has the blistering pace to burn and uses his agility to bamboozle defenders.

The Scottish international is a versatile player who is capable of playing anywhere across the front three, plus as a wing-back if required. He has a good composure on the ball and can split open defences with his incisive passing. Fraser is also threat off the ball and that coupled with his dribbling skills and finishing ability in front of goal make him such an exciting player to watch.

Verdict

Newcastle would certainly do well with a player like Fraser, who can link-up nicely with the likes of Perez and Almiron and cause serious damage to the opposition. The pocket-sized Scotsman’s skills on the ball will bring the St. James’s Park faithful on their feet and the Magpies will massively benefit from his pace and versatility.

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Thus, Benitez should push for the deal to go through in the summer by using Ritchie as a sweetener.

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3 goals, 4 assists – Newcastle would massively solve left-back woes by signing this fiery 29-year-old defender

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Newcastle United Opinion: Why the Magpies should sign Kieran Gibbs?

According to a report from TEAMtalk, Newcastle United want to sign three players from West Brom, including current loanee Salomon Rondon, midfielder Jake Livermore and left-back Kieran Gibbs.

Rondon, 29, has been a hit at Newcastle United, impressing with his hold-up play and work-rate this season. He has managed 9 goals and five assists in 27 Premier League games which is an achievement considering the Magpies’ toothless attack. And while Rafael Benitez is planning to sign the Venezuelan permanently, the likes of Livermore and Gibbs are also summer transfer targets for Newcastle.

Speaking about Kieran Gibbs, the defender stayed loyal to West Brom following relegation to the Championship last summer. This season, he has shown why he has the quality and ability to easily play for one of the teams outside the ‘Big Six’. The 29-year-old has played 32 games in the Championship, scoring three goals and supplying four assists.

Thus, Newcastle United should make a move for Gibbs at the end of the season to solve their left-back woes.

Benitez signed Antonio Barreca in the January transfer window on loan from AS Monaco until the end of the season. Having quickly fallen out of favour at Monaco following a summer switch from Torino, the Newcastle United boss took advantage of bringing Barreca to Tyneside to strengthen his options at left-back.

However, the Italian has remarkably played just four minutes for the Magpies, coming on as a substitute against Tottenham just days after signing for the Premier League club. He hasn’t got a look in the last couple of months and is already a forgotten man at St. James’ Park. Given how Matt Ritchie is performing in a makeshift left-back role, it’s understandable why Barreca hasn’t got the game time he wanted.

But things should change next season if the Magpies are to do well in the Premier League. Ritchie should play in his preferred position and Benitez must bring in a natural left-back to compete with the injury-prone Paul Dummett. Kieran Gibbs should be a fantastic choice, given his experience and style of play.

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Blessed with good pace, energy and crossing ability, Gibbs possesses the quality to play for a Premier League side. The former Arsenal man would add some much-needed quality and experience to the Newcastle backline, whilst bringing competition to Dummett.

Verdict

Given the fact that he has made 170 Premier League appearances, Gibbs should be a superb addition to the Newcastle backline. He has the qualities to thrive in Benitez’s system and make it big at St. James’ Park.

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