With Newcastle’s dire form running to four defeats on the bounce, there are more justifications than usual for an overhaul come the January transfer window
The inclusion of the Europa League matches to the fixture list has clearly taken its toll, with the squad struggling to adapt to the “Thursdays & Sundays” routine. And having qualified for the knockout stages of the continental tournament, a few additions are needed to the current crop of players if we are to see drastic improvements.
All things considered, rumours of players such as Sofiane Feghouli being linked to the club should be deemed customary.
The Algerian international, who plays his club football at La Liga side Valencia, is an exciting young talent and is destined for big things given the rate at which he is improving.
Clubs from across Europe have shown interest in the 22 year old following an impressive start to this season, scoring 6 goals in 13 games. Despite an impressive goal return, he is actually renowned for using his passing abilities and creativity to create chances for others.
Now, many of you may be quick to point out that just a few weeks ago, Feghouli stated in the press that he intends to stay at The Mestalla for the long term. However, things have changed since then. For at the time of writing this, Valencia had just sacked their manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, following a hefty 5-2 loss to Real Sociedad which had left them mid-table.
Inevitably, the departure of one manager will lead to the appointment of another. With the changes this will bring to the club, perhaps the attacking midfielder won’t feel as comfortable as he did before. Of course, this isn’t a guarantee, but there have been many occasions in which players lose form or a place in the side with the introduction of a new manager.
What must also be considered is that Valencia are in a difficult financial position, which could mean that they’ll be willing to sell for a reasonable and acceptable price.
It remains to be seen whether Sofiane Feghouli will be a realistic target in a few months time. What I will say is that it’s worth keeping an eye on this young prospect for now. I don’t want to tempt fate, but things can change very quickly in football.