After a rough and ragged season, Newcastle United have finally secured Premier League football next season. Few fans would have thought that such an achievement would be met with so much relief, and that in itself is a sign that fresh faces are needed. So, what better way to do that than to nick players off the relegated trio on potentially cut-fee deals? In no particular order, here are five who could change the Magpies' fortunes next season.
Arouna Kone (Wigan Athletic)
This lad has had an excellent first season in the Premier League, managing 11 goals – three more than Papiss Cisse. However, the 29 year old does more than just put the ball in the back of the net. The Ivorian is incredible skilful and brilliant at bringing midfielders into the attack. If the asking price was low, I certainly wouldn’t mind seeing an approach.
Adam le Fondre (Reading)
Having been playing League 2 football for Rotherham United in August 2011, it’s easy to forger how well the 26 year old has done to adapt to the huge increase in demands which the Premier League requires. In fact, the striker has established himself as a substitute extraordinaire, breaking a Premier League record with 7 of his 11 goals being scored after having come on from the bench. He’s certainly proven himself good enough for this division, and could prove effective if the team need a player to take advantage of tired legs in latter stages of games.
Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic)
Despite being 30 years of age, it would be foolish to say that it’s time for the Scotsman to start plying his trade in lower leagues. Maloney has been an indispensable figure for the Latics over the past two seasons, and could fit in well at St. James Park. The ex-Celtic man operates predominantly off the striker, ensuring that the front man is rarely isolated or overwhelmed by the defence. Given that support for Cisse has been an issue all season, this could be the man to solve that problem.
James McCarthy (Wigan Athletic)
Another Latics player, this time their promising centre-mid who has attracted the eye of many with his tenacity, passing ability and selfless commitment to the cause. Though sides such as Spurs are after him, and though the asking price is rumoured to be £10m, McCarthy would be a worthy competitor for Tiote’s position in the starting XI, which is what the Ivorian might need to hit form once more.
Loic Remy (QPR)
Perhaps this one speaks for itself. Do we sign a clearly fantastic player at the expense of our dignity after the way he treated the club? Certainly, this is one worth a debate or two.
Comments Welcome. Are there any other players who you think we should pluck from the mire?