Newcastle didn’t do a lot of business over the summer with Alan Pardew suggesting the reason was the signings the club made last winter, which form the current spine of the team.
However, Newcastle could find themselves with an opportunity to go after one of the best wingers in English football in Aaron Lennon, a player who always seems to have been striving to reach his full potential.
Here are five of the main reasons Newcastle should sign him without a second thought.
It’s a reason Newcastle should invest him because it’s a sign to Pardew that he can go straight into the side with no adapting or settling in period needed upon his arrival at St James Park.
That age also makes him a very good potential signing for Newcastle because it’s an investment. Newcastle would be buying a player with plenty of years left to give at the top level.
Newcastle should be able to get a solid six or seven years of good football out of him, providing he stays injury free, before they are eventually forced to either move him on or consider changing his position.
One of the core features which has always been evident in Lennon’s game is his core speed and ability to change up his pace within a matter of seconds.
He would be a valuable asset to Newcastle playing down either win, attacking the full back and racing in behind when there are gaping great holes of space in behind the opposition defence.
Lennon will always be more effective down the right side of the pitch because that’s his natural side.
However, he can be effective playing down the left, cutting inside and raining shots on goal in the hope that he can catch opposition defenders napping and the goalkeeper off his guard, while he also provides key cover for Hatem Ben Arfa.
Point to Prove
Lennon may feel as though he has a point to prove, especially to the current England setup.
Lennon missed the recent international break through injury but he’s staring at a situation where his place in the national side is under threat from youngsters like Andros Townsend, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Zaha.
Therefore, if Newcastle sign him, they become the club he’s going to use to try and get back into the England team and that enhances the chance of consistently impressive performances.
Newcastle fans, good potential signing?
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