The final 24 hours of the transfer window are upon us, a day where Newcastle fans will hope for activity after what has been a largely disappointing summer.
While the signings of Martin Dubravka, Kenedy, Yoshinori Muto and Salomon Rondon provide Rafael Benitez with talent in key areas, it is clear that there is still other positions on the field that need to be strengthened.
Unfortunately, the Magpies have seen funds restricted under Mike Ashley once again and off field issues have surfaced, with the players currently refusing to participate in their press duties amidst a row over the bonus structure for the forthcoming season.
All this adds up to a concoction of drama at St. James’ Park but Newcastle need to get their heads down to complete further business – and these two deals should be the priority.
Sign Reece Oxford
The highly-rated defender has endured a tough few years since making his first-team breakthrough at the age of just 16 and now appears to be out of the picture entirely in the eyes of new boss Manuel Pellgrini, leading to speculation of an exit throughout the current window.
Linked with Everton and Borussia Monchengladbach, spending last year on loan with the latter, those reports seem to have cooled in recent weeks – and we have already made it clear that the 19-year-old should be Newcastle’s transfer priority.
With Florian Lejuene starting the season on the sidelines due to injury, Newcastle need a centre-back and Oxford could be the long-term partner for beloved skipper Jamaal Lascelles.
Loan Freddie Woodman away
A star of England’s U20 World Cup success in 2017, Freddie Woodman remains waiting for an opportunity at Newcastle but it doesn’t look to be forthcoming this season following the capture of Dubravka – with the Magpies also having Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot to select from.
Woodman has spent time on loan in Scotland in recent years, with Kilmarnock and Abderdeen, but now needs to be giving experience within English football – so Newcastle need to pursue an opportunity for the 21-year-old to go on loan in the Championship or League One.
He can still be the long-term stopper on Tyneside but he needs to develop further before that opportunity arises. Fortunately, Newcastle agree a loan for Woodman to a Football League side right up until the end of August.
“England has just won the U-20 World Cup Tournament in South Korea. Congratulations to everyone for a great achievement. Especially to two of our players, Freddie Woodman and Adam Armstrong, both part of the England team. It has been a fantastic experience for their development. Let’s enjoy it for a while and be sure you will be ready for the next season.”