Newcastle are going to be linked with many strikers in the summer, and the reports of strikers we are supposed to be interested in have already started, and that’s hardly surprising since Newcastle will have to sign maybe three strikers this summer, so we assume the club have a number of targets already lined up for the summer.
Joel Campbell – Arsenal and Costa Rica striker
The latest reports are now linking Newcastle with 21 year-old Costa Rican International forward Joel Campbell, who was signed by Arsenal in August of 2011, but he failed to get a work permit to play in England, and so was sent out on loan to French club Lorient for that season.
The next season he was sent on loan to Spanish club Real Betis, and this season he ended up on loan at top Greek club Olympiacos, although last summer he eventually gained a work permit to play in England.
While at Lorient he scored three goals in 25 appearances, and in Spain at Real Betis he scored two goals in 32 appearances.
However this season he has been in decent goal-scoring form, and for Olympiacos he has 8 goals in 29 appearances and he doesn’t turn 22 until June.
Campbell has said this about his time at Arsenal, and he has yet to play for the first team at the London club:
“I don’t know what will happen with Arsenal, I have two years eft of my contract and they’ll decide what will happen.”
It’s difficult to know whether these reports linking Campbell with Newcastle are true or just made up, because people know Newcastle need to bring in quite a few strikers over the summer.
But it could be that Newcastle try to get at least one striker in on a season long loan deal, but the problem with that is if they are successful, they will likely be targeted by bigger clubs next summer.
That’s what happened with Loic Remy, and although he has had a great season on Tyneside, he will be signing for a bigger club in the summer.
Campbell has 31 caps for Costa Rica and 9 international goals, and he can play as an out-and-out striker or on the wing.
It’s difficult to know just how good Joel Campbell is, but he could be a loan target for Newcastle – depending on how things go with some of our other strike targets.
We suppose we should add this youngster to the growing list of strikers Newcastle are supposed to be interested in this summer.
What do you think?