Is this round of Newcastle United takeover gossip the real deal? It’s starting to seem that way, but one can never tell when Mike Ashley is involved…
Newcastle United are the hot topic around the Premier League at the moment. News of a possible takeover have come and gone multiple times over the last few seasons, but reports from across England are hinting that the Magpies could have a new owner soon.
A few months ago, I wrote an article about Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the club’s new transfer budget if he ran the show. Now that there is a higher probability of Prince Salman taking over, there are three things I would like to see happen at Newcastle United if Mike Ashley does sell.
One major thing the Toon Army has been deprived of for far too long is the pursuit of success. Newcastle United have experienced two relegations and too many relegation battles with Ashley in charge.
Fans are desperate to see their side fight for a spot among the top six and make a deep run in the FA Cup. Prince Salman is capable of raising the ceiling and tapping into the club’s potential to reach new heights. Let’s just hope it happens. I am only in my late-20s, but I don’t know how many more relegation battles this soul can handle.
I am certain that all of you will agree with me when I say that attacking football has been missing on Tyneside since the partnership of Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba broke up. Since earning promotion three seasons ago, Newcastle United have been one of the lowest scoring teams in the top flight.
Personally, I am sick of hearing fans from other clubs say that the Magpies are the most difficult team to watch. Their ultra-defensive style of play in most games is hard on the eyes. While defensive stability is critical for avoiding relegation, offensive efficiency is the key to knocking on the door of the top six.
Somewhat related to the point above, in order to enjoy entertaining football at St. James’ Park, the club’s new owner must make sensible signings. It is easy to splash the cash and make some big name signings, but that means nothing if there is no chemistry on the pitch. The squad has some talented players who are worth building around, so a complete renovation is not necessary.
Build around players like Allan Saint-Maximin, Isaac Hayden and Miguel Almiron by adding some notable strikers up top, and beef up the bench with some experienced players. With the right style of play and a better front-line, the Magpies are, in my opinion, only two or three players away from being a regular top eight side.