Newcastle United ended the 2018/19 Premier League campaign in 13th which represented a regression from the season previous.
The club’s supporters will naturally hope that a deal can be agreed with manager Rafa Benitez to stay. His contract expires at the end of June and nothing has yet been confirmed.
Once the manager’s future has been confirmed the club will hope to turn their attention towards the transfer market. At this time of the year, there will be lots of players linked with lots of clubs and Newcastle won’t be an exception.
One name who has been perhaps surprisingly mentioned is Juan Mata. The Sun are reporting that the Spaniard is a target for Newcastle; with the 31-year-old Manchester United man set to become a free agent.
Newcastle fans deserve a stellar signing like Mata. They deserve to see their club land a player who has proved world-class during his time as a player.
Okay so the former Valencia man hasn’t been a first-team regular for a few seasons now, but he can still do a job. Despite largely featuring as a substitute last season, he netted six goals and claimed four assists for the Red Devils.
The little magician has played under Benitez before at Chelsea, where the pair won the Europa League together.
His arrival would perhaps be about more than just his ability on the pitch though. The likes of Sean Longstaff, Ayoze Perez and Jamaal Lascelles will probably have interested parties this summer.
Landing a player boasting the quality and the professionalism of Mata might make the star players currently in place at Newcastle realise that their future lies at St James’ Park.
It could also help the club land more quality additions in the window. The ex-Spain international might have lost his way during recent years, but if Newcastle can offer him regular football the signing looks like a nice fit for all parties.