Newcastle Line Up New Striker For The Summer


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

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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11 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Here we go again!

    Why is it we are always linked with the same players over and over, even after they have rejected us and moved on to other clubs?

    So this is going to be this summers story.

    As for the reason we are not scoring many goals this season, we are set up all wrong, we need a new formation that supports the striker.

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  • geordie157

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #2

    I’m ignoring all transfer links. The manager/head coach appointment will tell us if much will change this summer, the appointment needs to be made May/ June and hopefully funds made available. If we don’t sign at least a centre back and a striker then it’s likely to be another long season.

    Just hope at worst that the style of football improves.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Firebug,
    I’d guess because nobody in the media has any real clue what we are doing transfer wise, so with Dortmund struggling they decide they will just rehash old stories regardless of not having any basis for the story whatsoever.

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  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #4

    Lilongwe Geordie

    There is no doubt you are correct, any striker we go after will not be on the radar, will be an unknown, untried striker that is very cheap to buy, and is prepared to accept low wages for the prestige of premiership football.

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  • banjax

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Let’s stop laughing for a moment about the thought of Mike Ashley spending £11 million on one player and fantasise that he comes to realise the errors of his ways and wants to make up for the underspending at NUFC. We would be looking at a net spend of around £110 M to bring us up to speed. That would certainly attract the right calibre of manager and bring the kind of quality professional footballers to this club. Right … Dream over..start laughing again !3

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  • hibbit

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #6

    firebug our low wages in the prem are often higher then the player was on i don’t know of any one who took a pay cut to come in most cases they come to be in the shop window a stepping stone on there way up

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  • firebug666

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    hibbit

    I never said a pay cut mate, just low wages. I know our wages will be higher than what they are used to, but low by comparison in the premiership.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Got no chance of buying him.
    probably buy some young kid who we have not heard of for a couple of million.
    SUMS US UP-
    Sad state of affairs is that Man City scored three goals against us in the first 25 minutes of ONE game. We have not managed I think to score ONE goal in the first 25 minutes in 26 GAMES

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  • hibbit

    Feb 25, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #9

    firebug a lot of are players arn’t worth any more i do know what you mean but even our low wages are a step up

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  • lesh

    Feb 25, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #10

    And if you believe the news today in the Northern Echo……

    Mmmm, it all depends where the report’s sourced.

    Ashley’s still keen on season ticket renewals possibly?

    Bullshit Bishop strikes again? I can just imagine his thought process – ‘Just tell them owt to get them tickets sowld!’

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  • Sav

    Feb 25, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #11

    This is turning into another ‘Andy Carroll saga’. Break up. Chalk it down. Move on.

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