Newcastle: 5 Players They Should Sign with Carroll's £35 Million
Alan Pardew has already introduced four new signings to Tyneside this summer, but with Marveaux and Ba arriving on frees and Cabaye costing marginally more than Nolan’s fee from West Ham, the manager still has most of this £35 million to spare.
With Joey Barton and Jose Enrique tipped to leave and with large gaps in the squad still waiting to be filled, here is a list of the top 5 players Pardew should sign in order for Newcastle to have a successful season and avoid a relegation fight.
5. Roberto Canella: Left Back
Name: Roberto Canella
Club: Sporting Gijon
Price Range: £4-7 million
With Jose Enrique likely to swap St. James’ Park for the Emirates Stadium in the near future, a new left back is essential for Newcastle to repeat the successes of 2010-2011.
They could do a lot worse than Jose’s young compatriot Canella, who has shone for Sporting Gijon over the past few seasons despite competition from the equally talented Jose Angel. He would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League.
4. James McCarthy: Midfield
Name: James McCarthy
Position: CM / AM
Club: Wigan Athletic
Price Range: £6-10 million
Having lost one of England’s brightest prospects in Carroll, the Toon Army would love to see some young British talent make its way into SJP. Padrew should look to the talented and versatile McCarthy, who, while inconsistent last season, was along with Charles N’Zogbia the sole reason Wigan stayed in the Premiership.
McCarthy is able to play across the middle of the park or behind a lone striker and would complement United’s current crop perfectly. He could prove to be the perfect long-term replacement for Joey Barton.
3. Artem Milevskyi: Striker
Name: Artem Milevskyi
Club: Dynamo Kyiv
Price Range: £7-11 million
Once dubbed Shevchenko’s long-term successor, Milevskyi has failed to live up to initial expectations. Still with hometown club Dynamo Kyiv, the talented striker stands at 1.9 meters and yet is very comfortable with the ball on either foot, making him the ideal replacement for Carroll as No. 9.
With a decent scoring record and ambitions to prove himself at the highest level of European football, Artem would jump at the chance to ply his trade at one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League. He would provide the perfect figurehead for Newcastle’s attack.
2. Lucas Barrios: Striker
Name: Lucas Barrios
Club: Borussia Dortmund
Price Range: £10-15 million
With 38 goals in 67 league appearances, Barrios has taken the Bundesliga by storm since the Paraguayan left Colo-Colo for Dortmund in 2009. The recently crowned league champions would take some persuading to part with their top scorer, but would be confident that Champions League football would allow them to attract a superior replacement.
Barrios is known to want a move to the Premier League in the near future, and with Tottenham and Liverpool looking elsewhere, the black and white of Newcastle could prove an attractive destination.
1. Kyle Walker: Right Back
Name: Kyle Walker
Position: RB / RM
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Price Range: £9-13 million
Despite recently signing a new contract at Tottenham, Newcastle should be able to secure a loan deal for the young full-back, with a view to a permanent deal in the future. The recent England cap would be a great improvement over Danny Simpson and offer versatility across the defence, as well as offering quality backup to Taylor and Coloccini.
While he could cost in excess of £10 million, his work rate and potential would endear him to the fans immediately, and offer United a new dimension to their team.
What Is Most Likely to Happen?
Despite the Toon Army being promised that the whole sum would be re-invested in the team, recent rumours indicate that the majority of the £35 million has already been spent on contract renewals and training ground improvements that will do nothing to improve the fan's fractured relationship with the club's hierarchy.
I would bet that instead of a useful signing up front and another body in defence, both of which are badly needed, Newcastle will reach September selling Jose Enrique and Joey Barton without even bothering to find suitable replacements. Once again, they will be forced to rely on a free transfer signing once the transfer window is closed, because that worked so well last time with Shefki Kuqi...