The take-over of Premier League club Newcastle United is dominating major headlines in football at the moment. The amount of money the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, Reuben Brothers and PCP Capital Partners are worth has sent shockwaves to dominantly rich clubs at home and abroad. With being the richest club owners around, the new Newcastle United owners will be expected to invest heavily in the club.
Should they do so, they would be moving from budgets in the region of 50million pounds in a few transfer windows under Mike Ashley to about 300 million pounds or more in a single transfer window under the Saudi Arabian PIF. They would leave their level of signing relative players to bidding for the biggest superstars and most promising players around.
If this Investment is made, we should expect to see some of the world's best players at Newcastle United. Who knows, they may be winning titles as well. In this article, let's take a look at what the starting 11 of Newcastle could be if money is heavily invested in the club by the new owners. As it would take a while to build a new team, we shall start with the defence alone in this article.
To begin with, Newcastle may need to replace the whole squad in order to at least give the big boys a run for their money. Hence, starting from the goalkeeper, he change would be imminent. Which top goalkeeper could they sign?
Dean Henderson or kepa Arrizabalaga.
Both the current Manchester United and Chelsea young goalkeepers would be ideal candidates to be in-between the sticks for this proposed defence. While Henderson was supposed to replace David De Gea at Manchester United, he has been forced to play second fiddle to the Spanish international.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has seen his position taken over by Edouard Mendy and a move away will not be a bad idea for the Spaniard. Luckily, there is money available at Newcastle United now.
With their ambitions to be a regular starter, they won't be able to turn down the juicy contract Newcastle United will be able to offer them. Hence, either of them, could be the side's first choice goalkeeper.
For the defence in a traditional four-man defence, we could have players like Eric Bailey, Soyuncu, Alex Telles, Sergio Ramos, Kurt Zouma, Josko Gvardiol, Lascelles, Fernandes, and a player like Keiran Trippier.
While the above names may not be the biggest around, they would not come cheap. Furthermore, they would need a top-level coach to improve their productivity. What could the ideal defence look like?
The ideal four and the goalkeeper could be like this. The experience of a player like Sergio Ramos is on another level. The determination of both Henderson and Kepa to have first team football will do them a lot of good at Newcastle. Henderson in my opinion being an English man.
Furthermore, Alex Telles has incredible attacking attributes which suites a modern day left back. Trippier's talent and experience will bode well for this new-look defence. Either of the more matured Eric Bailey or the obvious talented young center-back Josko Gvardiol who plays for RB Salzburg at the moment completes the defence. In will go for experience in this regard.
Therefore, it would be Henderson in goal, Alex Telles as left back, Eric Bailey and Sergio Ramos at center-back and Keirran Trippier at right back. This defence could cost them around 100 million pounds to assemble.
With their defensive positions being occupied by these players, the foundation would have been laid for the midfield and the attack. With a top-level coach as said earlier, the investment, if made by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, Reuben Brothers and PCP Capital Partners, would make Newcastle one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Would you suggest any other defender as opposed to those suggested here? Let's have your opinion in the comments section.
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