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Jonjo Shelvey proves England credentials by overshadowing poor Ross Barkley

Newcastle United fans feel their midfield maestro should be on his way to the World Cup this summer.

Mathew Coull



Jonjo Shelvey has often been the talk of Newcastle United this season.

The talented midfielder has had a brilliant campaign which has perhaps not always been recognised by his peers.

However, fans at St James’ Park are in absolutely no doubt regarding just how good he is.

The midfielder has been heralded by the Newcastle faithful throughout the season and for many, it will be a travesty if he does not go to the World Cup this summer.

Perhaps his excellent standard of play was never clearer on display when compared to the performance of another mercurially talented young England star on the opposing team today.

The player in question was Ross Barkley.

The Chelsea man looked a shadow of his best self in a drab performance against Newcastle on the final day of the Premier League season.

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Instead, it was Shelvey who looked the more accomplished midfielder. He ran the show for Newcastle throughout proceedings as they put Chelsea to the sword in a 3-0 triumph. It capped off a brilliant campaign for the Magpies, who finished 10th after being tipped for relegation by many at the start of the season.

Shelvey has been pivotal to that success and watching him run the show whilst Barkley, a £15 million January signing for Chelsea, toiled really hammered home his excellence.

But it still looks unlikely that Shelvey will head to the World Cup with England this summer. As good as he has been, question marks always seem to overshadow the midfield maestro and for Gareth Southgate to take him to Russia would represent a massive turnaround from the England boss.

But if Shelvey continues to perform in this manner next season than it will become impossible to ignore him for much longer. If Barkley was worth £15 million in January, and much more than that a year ago, then who knows how much someone would pay to take Shelvey away from Newcastle.

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Liverpool should use Alberto Moreno in Jamaal Lascelles pursuit

The Spaniard is struggling for first-team football at Liverpool.

Mathew Coull



Liverpool have had an excellent season, making it to the Champions League final and finishing in the Premier League top four. But the building for next season is also set to get underway soon and Liverpool still want to further improve their backline. A new centre-back is set to be targeted and The Independent believe that Jamaal Lascelles could be the man Liverpool turn to, with James Tarkowski of Burnley also mentioned.

Lascelles would obviously be a top option. The Newcastle captain has been an inspiration for the club this campaign and many were surprised he did not make it into Gareth Southgate’s plans for the World Cup.

(during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St. James Park on April 15, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

But he will not come cheap and after Liverpool spent big on Virgil Van Dijk in January the Tyneside club will be pushing the price up.

However, could Liverpool have a secret weapon in the form of Alberto Moreno?

Back in 2015 Rafa Benitez very nearly signed Moreno. The deal with Liverpool was done but, with Alvaro Arbeloa sticking around, Benitez decided Moreno was no longer needed and the deal was pulled off the table.

That was whilst manager at Real Madrid. Moreno would be an excellent option to further improve Newcastle and provide some competition to Paul Dummett in the left-back position.

(during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Liverpool and FC Porto at Anfield on March 6, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Liverpool paid Sevilla around £12 million, as reported by The Telegraph, to sign Moreno back in 2014 but he has struggled for consistency since his arrival at Anfield. This season he has been replaced by Andrew Robertson, after spending most of last season behind James Milner in the pecking order.

Throwing Moreno into any deal would have to see Newcastle decrease the fee they might ask for to let their captain go this summer. Newcastle would be getting their hands on a 25-year-old Spanish international and a handsome sum of money, whilst Liverpool would get their defensive target.

It would be a fine piece of business for both clubs.

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Newcastle United

Fernando Torres’ arrival as a free agent at Newcastle United would suit all parties

Josh Kerr



Fernando Torres
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According to reports this week from Spanish outlet Marca, Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is open to the idea of Fernando Torres joining him on Tyneside next season.

The 34-year-old striker recently played his last game for Atletico Madrid, scoring twice for his boyhood club in the team’s 2-2 draw against Eibar in the final round of La Liga fixtures.

He also ended his final season at his boyhood club with a trophy as he lifted the Europa League after Los Colchoneros beat Marseille 3-0 in the final.

El Nino has proven he can score goals both in the Premier League and La Liga, arguably the two best leagues in the world, and the Magpies should jump at the chance to have him in their squad.

Newcastle are crying out for a prolific goalscorer after Islam Slimani’s loan move from Leicester proved to be a disaster, and the arrival of Joselu was one of the most disappointing transfers of the season.

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ayoze Perez was the club’s top-scorer with 10 goals, despite being a centre-forward rather than an out-and-out goalscorer.

At 34, Torres is by no means a long-term option but, as a free transfer, the Spanish forward is definitely worth the gamble.

It was Benitez, after all, that got the form out of Torres that saw him as one of the world’s most formidable strikers.

The former Merseyside hero scored 72 goals in 116 games for Benitez at Liverpool and he may be tempted into a reunion.

Age is but a number, even in the Premier League, and Newcastle fans should look no further than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was able to set England alight in his first season at 35.

Torres was once world-class and one final move may see the quality that made the Madrid striker one of the most recognised names in world football.

Newcastle need to score more goals to improve on their impressive 10th place finish and securing Torres would help in achieving just that. Also, as a free transfer, it still allows Benitez to go and spend money elsewhere.

A move for Benitez’s fellow countryman could get supporters very excited.

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Newcastle United should take advantage of Matej Vydra’s low asking fee

The Czech international has scored 20 goals in the Championship this season.

Josh Kerr



Matej Vydra
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Newcastle United ensuring another season of Premier League football represents one of Rafael Benitez’ most impressive achievements in football to date.

The job done by the Spaniard is all the more admirable considering the Magpies striker options have been thin for large periods of the season, and the arrival of a goal-scorer is surely imminent for the Tyneside club.

According to The Telegraph, Derby County are likely to list their top-scorer Matej Vydra for sale after their failure to earn promotion to the Premier League.

This comes as massive news to a number of clubs in England’s top-flight, and Newcastle should be one of the front-runners queuing for the 26-year-old’s prolific services.

The Czech Republic international has been excellent this season firing 20 goals in 35 appearances for the Rams.

Reports suggest the club may be forced to sell their star striker in order to reduce the club’s £35 million wage bill ahead of next season.

The 26-year-old’s sale this summer will be Derby’s attempts to slash their budgets and form a strategy that is going to enable the club to push for promotion once again next season.

A fee of around £8 million could prove a major boost for Newcastle, considering the club’s financial restraints, and a 20-goal striker would surely be an improvement on Benitez’s current front-line options.

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Islam Slimani’s loan move from Leicester proved to be a disaster, and the arrival of Joselu was one of the most disappointing transfers of the season.

The club are in desperate need of a goalscorer, with Perez leading the club’s individual efforts, despite being a number 10 and not an out-and-out goalscorer.

Vydra also has rare Premier League experience with West Bromwich Albion, as well as Watford, and his graft in the Championship may mean he’s ready for a return back to the top-flight.

The former West Brom striker guarantees goals and if there is one thing Tyneside supporters have missed in recent years, it is a goal-scoring hero.

At a little over £8 million, he could still prove a real bargain and a relatively insignificant risk.

Benitez has been wanting to break the bank since his arrival in 2016 but may be tempted do a deal on the cheap for the highly-rated striker.

Newcastle will be looking to improve on their impressive 10th place finish next season and the firepower of a genuine goalscorer could see them surpass the highs of this campaign.

Vydra offers pace and is even an aerial threat at just 5ft 2, so it has to be a priority for Newcastle to capture one of the bargains of the season and bring Vydra to St James’ Park.

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