With Aleksandar Mitrovic signing for us this past week, and with Newcastle now having three midfielders who can also score goals – Gini Wijnaldum, Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons – maybe we don’t need another striker brought in this summer?
That’s essentially four goalscorers we didn’t have last season, because Siem and Rolando made only 11 appearance between them in all of last season, with a string of injuries keeping them on the sidelines.
Aleksandar Mitrovic can get us some goals
We’ve also got Papiss Cisse, who should have a good season coming up if only because he’s going to be 100% fit after his knee problems, and we also have Ayoze Perez and Manu Riviere.
Ayoze needs plenty of playing time next season, so he can continue his rapid progress on Tyneside, and we still think Riviere can come through after a poor first season at the club.
The Frenchman needs to rebuild his confidence and have a little bit of luck to get some goals.
We’re sure Steve McClaren and the new coaching staff will help him a lot.
So there’s four strikers we have on board, plus three midfielders who can get us goals.
Maybe we don’t need another striker brought in but concentrate on strengthening the defense with a top center-back coming in to join Chancel Mbemba.
And McClaren can get the best out of some of the center-backs we already have at the club – and with those two new arrivals, plus Jamaal Lascelles – we should be a lot less porous at the back than we’ve been over the last three seasons.
190 goals that we’ve conceded in the last three seasons is about 63 goals average for each season – and remember we only conceded 59 goals when we were relegated back in 2009.
We must have had the worst defensive record in the PL over the last three seasons, so that’s an area that Steve McClaren and company can improve a lot.
In addition to being able to score some goals this season – who knows – we may also be able to stop conceding them next season.
What do you think?