With European competition looking extremely likely for Newcastle United next season, Eddie Howe and the club management will have their task cut out in getting new recruits at the Magpies.
We talked to former Newcastle star and Liverpool legend, John Barnes, about potential transfers including Kieran Tierney, James Ward-Prowse and more.
Newcastle is a good fit for Kieran Tierney but I don’t see him leaving Arsenal
With Oleksandr Zinchenko running the show as Arsenal’s first choice left back, opportunities for Scottish left back Kieran Tierney have been few and far between.
The former Celtic man has been linked with a move away from the Emirates next summer and Newcastle have been touted as a destination.
Barnes believes that the Magpies are a good fit, not just for Tierney, but for any player as they are a progressive team.
“I think Newcastle is a good fit for anyone. They’re a progressive team, they’re playing really well and they’re looking to go forward. They’re not looking to buy superstar players just because they’ve got loads of money.”
“Kieran Tierney’s a good player who’ll definitely be a good fit for Newcastle but he’s also a good fit for Arsenal.”
Barnes, however, doubts that the Scottish left back would leave Arsenal despite his limited game time.
“But he’s an Arsenal player and Arsenal is a good fit for him. Of course they have Zinchenko who can also play as a left-sided midfielder and he can play that position as well.”
“I don’t see why at this particular point of time he would want to leave Arsenal.”
Newcastle is a better option for James Ward-Prowse than Tottenham
With Southampton in the relegation zone, rumours are abound that their talisman, James Ward-Prowse, could depart if the Saints drop to the Championship.
Both Newcastle and Tottenham seem to be interested in the services of the English free-kick specialist and as per Barnes, the Toon would be a better option.
“I think Newcastle would be the best fit for James Ward-Prowse. Tottenham plays in a completely different way than what suits Ward-Prowse.”