Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was a top target of Newcastle’s almost two years ago. before he signed on for the German club in early July of 2013 on a five year contract.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Newcastle target again?
And the Gabon International has done quite well in Germany since then, having scored 31 goals in 78 appearances in the last season and a half, and of course he’s also been playing Champions League football.
This season he has scored 15 goals in 29 total appearances, and last night he played the whole game for Dortmund in their 2-1 defeat at Juventus in the Champions League.
And if you believe the news today in the Northern Echo then Newcastle want to make him their number one striker target in the summer.
Newcastle are said to be pushing ahead with their recruitment drive right now, even though we don’t have a permanent head coach until the summer.
Chief Scout Graham Carr is the man in charge of which players Newcastle will go after in the summer – and Graham is essentially acting as a Director of Football at Newcastle these days, and the 70 year-old has a lot of power at the club.
Obviously we are short of strikers and also central defenders so Newcastle need to strengthen their squad in the summer.
That will come after Newcastle, much like last season, drift towards the end of a season where the club has gone nowhere, and the club will limp across the finish line in May, but it doesn’t look like we can make the top ten.
Borussia Dortmund have had a strange season, and are even struggling with relegation having still managed to get to the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
And unless they win the Champions League they will not be in Europe at all next season, so we suppose the fact that Newcastle don’t play in Europe may not be such a big negative in going after the 25 year-old striker this summer.
But given where Newcastle are these days, there will be competition for the striker should the German club want to sell in the summer, and we think any top six club in England would beat Newcastle to signing the player.
Borussia Dortmund paid about £11M for the striker almost two years ago, and his fee if anything will now be higher so we don’t know if Mike Ashley is going the change his stripes and start spending some big money at Newcastle, but we don’t think so.
Newcastle were favorites to sign Aubameyang almost two years ago, and we couldn’t sign him then, so after two years of Champions League football we think it’s going to be difficult to now attract the player to Tyneside.
It’s a good story and Aubameyang is a very good striker who has tremendous speed and movement, but too many bigger clubs than Newcastle will be interested in him, if he becomes available this summer.
Unfortunately Newcastle do not have the drawing power we once had, and the club have endured eight seasons of mediocrity under Mike Ashley, when we have finished in the top ten in England only twice.
Top players like to go to clubs who can match their ambitions.
I don’t like being negative, but this is the reality at Newcastle at the moment.
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