There’s a report out in Kickoff that Newcastle are set to move for Augsburg striker Raul Bobadilla, who was born in Argentina but has Paraguay citizenship and has played 9 times for his adopted country.
But he turns 29 next June, so he is a bit old for the players Newcastle like to sign, who can improve on Tyneside and therefore have some sell-on value.
Raul Bobadilla – born in Argentina – plays for Paraguay
Bobadilla has previously played at River Plate, Grasshopper, Borussia Monchengladbach, Young Boys and FC Basel before moving to Augsburg in the summer of 2013.
In Germany this season he has 10 goals in 21 total appearances with 6 of those goals coming in the Europa League in just 5 appearances.
Raul has played 71 times for Augsburg so far with 23 goals and 8 assists, which is a decent record in the Bundesliga.
It’s in the Europa League that the striker has looked impressive this season and last season he also helped Augsburg to finish 5th in the Bundesliga with 10 goals.
Augsburg had 49 points and qualified for the Europa League this season.
Overall in his career he has made 276 appearances with 107 goals and 43 assists, which is a decent enough record.
Raul may be a good player, but he doesn’t have the goal-scoring prowess we need at Newcastle right now and he is also older than players we usually sign at the club.
We’d be very surprised if there’s much truth that we are after the Paraguay International.
What do you think?