Newcastle are lining up various striker targets that we could sign in January and that’s one of the weaknesses of the side at the moment – we are just not ruthless enough in front of goal.
We just watched the Everton 6-2 dismantling of Sunderland and the Toffees took their chances – and if we had been as clinical as that yesterday in our game against Stoke we would have won easily – maybe 3-0 or more – but we didn’t and we missed far too many chances.
It was another 2 points lost.
Benik Afobe – talented Wolves striker
So it’s hardly surprising that Newcastle want to bring in a striker in January but it should be another youngster who can improve in the future.
We already have Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez starting up front and if we are to bring in another striker it should be somebody experienced.
And also it wouldn’t have hurt yesterday if McClaren had thrown on Papiss Cisse with say 15 minutes to go – Papiss has a knack in those close encounters with the score even of getting the winning goal – just a thought.
We were linked last week with 22 year-old French striker Anthony Koura who plays in France’s second division for Olympique Nimes – but if he signs he will be one who can improve in the future at Newcastle, but we need an experienced man coming in during the January transfer window.
There’s also news in Sweden today that we may be interested in 25 year-old striker Matthew Rusike who has played once for Zimbabwe and moved to Halmstads BK last summer on a one and a half year deal from Kaizer Chiefs based in Johannesburg in South Africa and they play in the Premier Soccer League.
That contract allowed the player to leave the club should Halmstads be relegated and guess – what – they were relegated yesterday in the final games of the Allsvenskan – the Swedish League.
Even though they beat Hammarby 2-1 at home they finished up second bottom of the league with just 21 points from 30 games.
Matthew Rusike spoke to Kvallsposten yesterday after his club were relegated and he was asked if Newcastle were interested – and he said “no comment.”
But this is not the player who can score goals for us in the second half of the season and he would be another big risk – but he wouldn’t cost much.
The player we should go out and sign is QPR striker Charlie Austin and maybe offer QPR say £6M to take him in January – and he will be a free agent next summer and QPR get nothing for him.
We don’t need another player untested in the Premier League in January – we need a known quantity and that’s what Charlie Austin is.
All Newcastle have to do is part with their money and yes – we know the club finds that extremely difficult at times – and would rather pay out peanuts for young players who may make it big a couple of years in the future.
Another player who could fit the bill and has experience already playing in England – but is still a risk – is 22 year-old Wolves striker Benik Afobe, but he has a £14M value placed on him by his club.
Maybe Newcastle will surprise us and be willing to pay out that amount or at least a decent fee for a very good young player who used to be at Arsenal and since joining Wolves in January has scored 20 goals and 5 assists in 36 total appearances for Wolves.
He has 6 goals in 13 appearances for Wolves this season.
He’s still a risk and more so than Charlie Austin but much less risky than bringing in Anthony Koura or Matthew Rusike.
It’s just too risky to bring in a young untested striker in January and if we are to bring in a center-back and a striker then it’s important these players are the real deal.
Not another cheap deal – which by definition is of very high risk.