Newcastle United agreed to sell Ayoze Perez, but they better not sell other top talent on the roster during this transfer window.
Newcastle United are currently the most chaotic team in the Premier League. Several league rivals are looking to utilize the instability and lack of direction at St. James’ Park to steal the most talented players on the roster. Mike Ashley recently accepted a bid worth £30M for Ayoze Perez which saw the Spaniard move to Leicester City.
Several other players are on the radars of other clubs, but now is the time for the club’s top officials to buy players, not sell them. There are multiple players who are disappointed about Rafa Benitez’s departure, but the Toon should, without any doubt, reject any offers that come in for the following three players: Fabian Schar, Martin Dubravka and Sean Longstaff.
Newcastle United were fortunate to land this gem after triggering a ridiculously low release clause (£3M) to bring Fabian Schar over from relegated side Deportivo La Coruna. Schar has been a top player and, in my opinion, he deserves to be the captain of this squad. His confrontational style of defending, quick pace and ability to score multiple goals has attracted the attention of AC Milan in the Serie A.
The Italian giants can offer the Swiss international more money, a more luxurious setting and they will be competing in the Europa League this season. Newcastle United must prevent the departure of Schar at all costs as he is a key pillar on the back-line. Not only is he the best defender on the team, he is one of the best overall players on the roster.
Martin Dubravka is another player the Magpies must hold on to. Earlier this week I wrote an editorial confidently expressing my opinion that Dubravka will stay on Tyneside, however, I said the same thing about Rafa Benitez, so my opinion seems to cause bad luck. Sorry. In this case, though, Dubravka knows he is irreplaceable between the posts at St. James’ Park and that role would not be guaranteed on other teams, especially elite clubs. Dubravka has been linked with teams like Juventus and Manchester United, but the Magpies need to forget profit margins for once and think of maintaining stability in goal.
Now I am well aware that Newcastle United have already rejected Manchester United when the two teams held high level talks a week ago, but elite clubs do not understand what no means. In other words, if the Red Devils are determined to secure the services of Longstaff in midfield they will be persistent with improved offers along the way. Longstaff is a rare Newcastle United academy product and he has a bright future ahead of him.
Often described as the next Michael Carrick and future England international, Longstaff is a promising talent who can serve the Magpies as a reliable leader with further development. For that reason, Greedy Mike must tame his old habits of making a large profit off of young players and tie Longstaff down for several years.