The Sun reports today that Newcastle are after both Dean Ashton of West Ham United and Leighton Baines of Everton.
Leighton Baines – struggled at Everton this season
Leighton Baines was presumably a target for us last summer, along with Wayne Bridge and Nicky Shorey for the left back spot, but we eventually paid Â£6.2M for Jose Enrique who is turning out to be a good player at the club, now that Kevin has given him a long run in the side.
But Leighton, who is 5’7″ tall, has struggled at Everton and is unable to get a regular starting spot, so we wonder if the boy is good enough for Newcastle. Heâ€™s appeared just 19 times for the Toffees this season after playing for Wigan Athletic 145 times and scoring 4 goals.
But heâ€™s the right age at just 23 years old, and played for the England Under-21 side 16 times and scored one goal.
Dean Ashton – looks the part but is injury prone
We think striker Dean Ashton, who is 24, could be a success at Newcastle because heâ€™s a natural goalscorer, very much in the vein of an Alan Shearer, but not as good or prolific.
But we think Keegan could mold Ashton into a very good goalscorer at the club, by taking his natural goalscoring ability and playing to his strengths. But Dean also seems to be injury prone, and thatâ€™s the exact same problem we have with Mark Viduka, so thereâ€™s a doubt about Dean being a good buy, as far as we are concerned.
We think Baines would be available, but it may be a lot more difficult to prise Ashton away from West Ham United.
What do you think about these two players – are they good enough?