One of the reasons we did so well in our six game winning run which ended yesterday at Upton Park, was because our defense played very well and conceded only one goal in those six games.
Max Kruse – Newcastle linked with this German striker
But we only scored nine goals too, and when we conceded just one goal at West Ham yesterday for the first time in five games – we lost the game.
So Newcastle’s defense has definitely improved over the last couple fo months and that’s very positive, but we still find it hard to put the ball into the back of the net, and our man up front is the inexperienced Ayoze Perez, who has played very well for us.
But for the 21 year-old to keep Papiss Cisse and Manu Riviere out of the side, that doesn’t say much for our other more experienced strikers.
And Facundo Ferreyra, the Argentine on loan from Shakhtar Donetsk this season, just hasn’t shown through, and young Adam Armstrong is ahead of him in the pecking order at Newcastle – so if we can get a good striker in during the January transfer window, maybe Newcastle can end his loan spell?
That would be a difficult decision for Newcastle to make, because it’s difficult for the Argentine to return to his club with things in Donetsk still so dangerous – with fighting going on with Russian separatists.
Newcastle failed to bring in a goalscorer over the summer to replace Loic Remy and it’s a definite weakness that we still have and therefore it seems the major requirement for us in the January transfer window is a striker.
We also thought Newcastle needed another center-back in January, but the way that Paul Dummett has come through in that position this season, plus the good form of Colo,Willo and Steven Taylor makes that less of a priority this season.
Newcastle have been linked with 26 year-old German International striker Max Kruse of Borussia Monchengladbach, 28 year-old French International striker Andre-Pierre Gignac of Marseilles who turns 29 next month and whose contract comes to an end next June, and 20 year-old Serbian International striker Aleksandar Mitrovic of Anderlecht.
The transfer fees of those three would probably something like £9M, £3M and over £20M respectively- so we cannot see Aleksandar Mitrovic arriving on Tyneside.
Maybe Max Kruse would be the most likely of those three to arrive at Newcastle in January, but Newcastle must add to their strike-force in the next transfer window.
What do you think?
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