Newcastle need to bring in at least one new striker this January, and we’ve got to think the club will bring in somebody who’s young and in their early twenties probably, and can still improve a lot.
Diego Rolan – 21 year-old Uruguayan International striker
Here are two strikers who would seem to fit the bill for Newcastle – if only we can get them into the club in January.
Diego Rolan – Bordeaux – age 21 – shown above
Rolan was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and came through the Youth Academy of local club Defensor Sporting, and he finally made his debut for the first team in August 2011, against Cerrito.
He played 41 times for his home town club before joining Bordeaux in the summer of 2013, after starring in the 2013 South American Youth (U20) Championships, when a number of top clubs were said to be interested in the youngster.
He has been capped four times this year by the full Uruguayan side, and while at Bordeaux he has 6 goals and 6 assists in 44 appearances, so that’s not a prolific scoring record, by any means.
He stands 5’10¨ tall and doesn’t turn 22 until next March, so he is a good young player at just 21 years of age, and would cost maybe a couple of million – something (even) Newcastle should be able to afford.
Danny Ings – Burnley – age 22
Danny’s a player Newcastle were interested back in 2010 when he was still at Bournemouth and only 17 years old, so the Magpies have fancied this lad for some time.
Born in Winchester, he started his career at Bournemouth in 2006, and moved to Burnley in 2011 for a fee in the region of £1M on a four year deal, and so far has refused to sign an extension to that contract, and he could become a free agent next summer.
He played 30 times with 8 goals for Bournemouth, and while on loan at Dorchester Town (2010-2011) scored 7 goals in just 13 appearances.
Danny has done well at Burnley and in 99 games he has 32 goals for the Turf Moor club.
Alan Pardew wants more English players in the Newcastle squad, and Danny could be a top target of Newcastle’s in January or next summer, although in six appearances for Burnley he is yet to score in the Premier League.
So there may be some doubts about whether he can perform at the highest level in England – if he continues to struggle this season.
Maybe a £2M bid in January could persuade Burnley to sell him, but they would be losing their top striker half way through the season – and Newcastle are one of the few PL clubs who sell their best players in January for the money – most PL clubs are more sensible than that.
If Burnley won’t sell in January, then Newcastle could try to get a deal done when he becomes a free agent next summer, but it should depend on how well he has played in the Premier League this season.
What do you think?
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