There’s some news today in Italy in calciomercato.com that Aston Villa want to replace Christian Benteke with 22 year-old Uruguayan Diego Rolan, currently playing with Bordeaux in the French Ligue 1.
But that will certainly not be the only striker Villa will sign.
This youngster was offered to Newcastle last month as Bordeaux are looking to unload the 6 times capped Uruguayan International.
Charlie Austin – do Newcastle still want him?
Aston Villa were briefly favorites to sign Charlie Austin, but Newcastle are now again odds-on favorites to sign Charlie, but there’s a good discussion today with talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton on Charlie Austin.
Warren asks a very good question as to whether Newcastle will now still want Austin after we have signed Aleksandar Mitrovic yesterday, because they are both classic number 9 strikers.
And Mitrovic made that clear in his interviews yesterday after he was signed for £12.5M from Anderlecht.
So that’s the question – does Steve McClaren think the two of them can work together in a 4-4-2 formation, or will Newcastle go after a more compatible front man who can play with Mitrovic.
Certainly it worked at Newcastle when we had two classic number 9 strikers during the Kevin Keegan years, with Alan Shearer and Les Ferdinand.
Then Duncan Ferguson and Alan Shearer played well together after that – although the Scot was injured a lot when he was at the club briefly, when Sir Bobby Robson was manager.
We currently have Papiss Cisse – so Newcastle could still decide to keep him, and we cannot forget that 21 year-old Spaniard Ayoze Perez is coming through – and then there’s Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere, who’s injured at the moment.
The Magpies also have young Adam Armstrong, although he’s likely to go out on loan to get first team games for the coming season.
We still think Newcastle will want Charlie, and it even seems that he wants to join Newcastle, so presumably Steve McClaren will look at playing a 4-4-2 system next season, rather than the 4-2-3-1 system he’s used most of pre-season.
Newcastle don’t want to pay the full £15M for Charlie and they seem confident of waiting it out, with QPR in a weaker negotiating position the nearer September comes – since they stand to lose out on a big fee if Charlie stays and becomes a free agent next summer.
If we do get Charlie Austin through the door, Newcastle fans will be delighted and then we’ll probably sell Papiss Cisse.
But with players like Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez, Siem de Jong, Gini Wijnaldum and Rolando Aarons already on board and capable of scoring goals, we should have some good fire-power next season, and that’s good – and a change too.
It seems Anderlecht center-back Chancel Mbemba will be the next one through the door soon, as the accomplished center-back himself has put it out that it’s a dream come true for him to be joining Newcastle.
He will be a great signing for us and will help to strengthen the weak Newcastle defense.
What do you think?