Newcastle need a number of new strikers brought in over the summer months, and at least three, given that Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong will all be leaving the club for different reasons this summer.
Troy Deeney - Watford’s top striker
Newcastle have now been linked with English striker Troy Deeney, who was born in Birmingham, and has been at Watford for the last four years, after signing on from Walsall, and he’s also the right age at just 25.
The 6′ tall striker has a decent goal scoring record at Watford, and in 174 appearances he has 57 goals, and he’s been in really good form this season with 22 goals in a total of 43 appearances for the club in all competitions.
Alan Pardew has also said he wants more English players in the side, and here’s an Englishman who could possibly do a job for Newcastle.
But we remember that another Watford striker, Gateshead born Danny Graham, also had a great record with Watford in the Championship with 41 goals in 98 appearances.
But Danny couldn’t make it in the Premier League, with Swansea, Sunderland or on loan at Hull, even though three years ago Newcastle were hinted to be interested in the local lad.
So it’s always hard to know if a striker who does well in England’s second division, can carry that goal scoring into the very tough Premier League, and that’s where good scouting comes into it.
And we assume Graham Carr has taken a good hard look at this striker, and given his recommendation to the Board.
It would be a definite risk signing Deeney, who would cost maybe £3M in the transfer market.
What do you think?
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