Newcastle were linked with Anderlecht striker Dieumerci Mbokani back in October, and we are again being linked with this 26 year -old today, as the January transfer window quickly approaches.
Dieumerci Mbokani - Newcastle again linked with the almost 27 year-old
But with our current three strikers being fairly old – our two Senegal strikers are both 27, and Shola Ameobi is 31 – we would have thought that Newcastle would have tried to bring in a younger striker, who can be given time to grow into a first team player on Tyneside.
Mbokani was signed by Anderlecht from Monaco a year last summer to replace Romelu Lukaku, who joined Chelsea at that time, and is now on a season long loan deal at West Bromwich Albion, and of course scored against Newcastle this season, just a few weeks ago at St. James’ Park.
Mbokani has a good enough goals record at Anderlecht and in 35 games has scored around 22 goals, but how he would perform in the English Premier League is an open question.
Mbokani turns 27 next Thursday, so he’s probably right on the limit of who Newcastle like to bring into the side – it used to be around 26 years old or younger, and he has played 16 times for the DR Congo with 6 goals, and the 6’1″ striker was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (now called DR Congo).
There’s news that the player is keen to play in the Premier League, but we’d be a bit surprised if Newcastle do bring this player in, although with Shola Ameobi now more than likely to be part of the Nigeria squad for the African Cup of Nations, which takes place in South Africa starting in January, we expect to be linked with a number of strikers now through the end of the year.
It also looks like Newcastle will almost definitely need to bring in another striker in January.
What do you think?
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