Newcastle United’s impending £300 million Saudi-backed takeover has had fans talking about potential big name signings arriving at St James’ Park.
The likes of Edinson Cavani, Antoine Griezmann, and even Harry Kane have been mentioned as potential targets for the Magpies.
Undoubtedly, the influx of money will precipitate a similar influx of top talent, with Newcastle’s newfound wealth able to attract such figures.
However, if the history of Chelsea and Manchester City after their own respective takeovers is anything to go by, somebody already at the club could emerge as a star amid it all.
John Terry and Vincent Kompany were both at Chelsea and City before Roman Abramovich and the Abu Dhabi Group, respectively, took control.
Frank Lampard, might be an even more apt example. The talented young midfielder had not yet shown his best in a Chelsea shirt before the Stamford Bridge club became the Russian oligarch’s play-thing.
But the added competition and increased quality of his team-mates saw Lampard become a regular 20-goal a season midfielder and eventually etch his name into Chelsea’s history books as their greatest ever goalscorer.
At Newcastle, Matty and Sean Longstaff have the capability to emulate Lampard’s post-takeover success, should they commit their long-term future to the club.
Other than that, the likes of Jamaal Lascelles and Allan Saint-Maximin will be hopeful of remaining first-team regulars amid the expected new wave of expensive talent.
One of these names may very well go on to become the club’s very own Lampard, Terry, or Kompany.