Newcastle United finished in a respectable 13th place during 2018/19. Emphasis will now be placed on pushing towards the top half of the table next season.
The first priority will be to get manager Rafa Benitez’s contract sorted out; before a venture into the transfer market this summer.
If the Magpies are to kick on then Benitez needs to be backed. There is some serious work to be done on the squad before they can even dream of finishing in the higher echelons of the Premier League.
One problematic area for Benitez if out wide. One, if not two, wingers will probably be identified during the summer and will be interesting to see who is targeted.
A player who was previously linked with Newcastle might provide the ideal summer recruit. According to Birmingham Live, Wolves forward Ivan Cavaleiro was a target for the Magpies last summer and he is now available for £12 million.
The 25-year-old still has scope to develop and featured in 29 games for Wolves last season. Starts were infrequent though and a move is best for all parties.
A Portuguese forward, Cavaleiro excelled in Wolves’ Championship winning campaign. He netted nine goals and registered 12 assists as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men romped to the title.
The hierarchy at Newcastle isn’t always forthcoming with the cheque book. Cavaleiro’s valuation would make him a steal for the Magpies, whilst he would improve their wide options considerably. He is also on paid £27k-a-week at Molineux (Spotrac), which would tie him nicely into Newcastle’s budget.
Benitez would be wise to revisit his interest in Cavaleiro this summer.