Newcastle United suffered a heartbreaking relegation into the Championship but perhaps as a positive, everyone associated with the club is already looking towards next season and the club seem to be intent on keeping hold of manager Rafael Benitez.
If indeed the Magpies managed to hold on to the services of Benitez, it would prove to be a huge coup but that being said, the Spaniard will surely have to strengthen his ranks over the summer in order to mount a successful promotion bid from the unforgiving division that is the Championship.
There are many areas where Benitez will need to reinforce his squad and signing a commanding midfield presence will probably be highest on the agenda for the 56-year-old.
Jedinak is no longer first choice midfielder at Palace
Newcastle clearly suffered last season due to a lack of a proper leader and Benitez can do worse than have a look at Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak to fulfill the requirement.
Jedinak has been a stalwart for Palace over the past few years and is currently the club captain. However, the arrivals of James McArthur and former Magpie Yohan Cabaye, has pushed the Australian international down the pecking order at the club.
With Palace having been linked with a high profile name such as Gylfi Sigurdsson, the South London club whose sponsors Mansion own many well known brands such as Casino.com, it looks like Jedinak will face an even bigger fight to earn a spot in the first team next season.
Jedinak would be a perfect fit for Newcastle United
As a result, Jedinak has been widely tipped to leave Palace over the summer and a move to China has been touted for the defensive midfielder. In our opinion, even Newcastle United should explore the opportunity of signing Jedinak – especially as he seems to be available.
At 31, Jedinak is not the youngest but he has experience of leading a team from the Championship into the top flight and his leadership qualities most certainly can get the best out of the talented albeit underperforming Newcastle side.
Jedinak will surely not cost a fortune as he has entered the final year of his contract at Selhurst Park and his signing would prove to be a low risk and potentially high return one for the Magpies.