It is going to be a huge summer of change at Newcastle United, and PIF are set to target multiple new signings in a bid to make Eddie Howe’s squad stronger.
A return to Europe could be on the cards, with Newcastle well placed to qualify for either the Champions League or the Europa League. A top four finish would be a dream, but even entering UEFA’s secondary competition would be a real achievement.
While the level of spending might change depending on which competition Newcastle qualify for, there is a clear desire from the club to bring in reinforcements.
Newcastle want as many as five new signings this summer
According to 90min, Newcastle are already making plans for the summer transfer window. They have reportedly identified multiple positions that they want to strengthen in.
The report states that the Magpies are looking to make at least five signings ahead of next season. Howe reportedly wants two attackers, a centre-back, a full-back and a centre-midfielder.
Based on that, it sounds like Newcastle are looking to strengthen throughout the entire squad. The only position that will seemingly be untouched is goalkeeper.
Five new faces will make Newcastle even stronger
It’s hard to argue with the need to strengthen in the positions mentioned above.
Attack is a big one, as we have been struggling for goals as of late. Howe needs more options, and will be looking to increase the competition for places in forward positions.
A centre-back for the future would be a wise investment, especially if Jamaal Lascelles leaves the club this summer. We need someone who can be with the club long-term and eventually take Fabian Schar’s place in the starting XI.
If we are going to sign a full-back, it should be someone who can play on the left. Dan Burn has done well but is limited, while Matt Targett has struggled with injury. A top level player on the left to match Kieran Trippier’s ability on the right would be very welcome, with rumours of Kieran Tierney proving to be very exciting.
Then we come to a centre-midfielder, which is arguably the position most in need of improving. One was targeted during January, but Newcastle failed to bring anyone in. We need someone who can play in a deeper role, as that will allow Bruno Guimaraes to operate higher up the pitch.
Who we do sign may depend on whether or not we are a Champions League club. Finishing in the top four will make us a much more attractive option going into next season.
Regardless, we need more depth. Our squad has been stretched this season, and that will only continue if, or when, we qualify for Europe.