This Talented Striker Could Be Fallback Option For Newcastle


Newcastle have been offered 26 year-old former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, who is now playing for Corinthians and certainly he is a talented player and a good striker, who has been on loan at Sao Paulo last season.

Of course, like anybody coming into the Premier League for the first time he may take time to adjust and it certainly would be better to bring in somebody with Premier League experience this month.

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Alexandre Pato – Corinthians´ Brazilian striker

News this week that Mike Ashley has approved a record bid for 22 year-old English striker Saido Berahino, and he would be a very good signing for us, but Chelsea, Stoke and maybe still Spurs – are all interested.

Berahino was wanted by Steve McClaren in the summer, but Graham Carr´s first choice – Alexandre Mitrovic – was brought in for around £13M and has taken time to adjust to the Premier League.

If Newcastle cannot get Berahino in this week, then Loic Remy remains probably our best next option, although reports out of Russia yesterday had him close to signing for Spartak Moscow, but why he would want to move to Russia we have no idea.

Charlie Austin is gone, so he´s no longer an option after he signed on at Southampton for a low £4M.

Which brings us back to Plato, who while he was at AC Milan played 150 times with 63 goals and 8 assists.

Since he´s been at Corinthians (joined in 2013) he´s played 39 times with 12 goals and while on loan at Sao Paulo he´s scored 24 goals in 76 appearances for them and shown some excellent form.

If we cannot get Berahino or Remy into the club, then Plato may not be a bad choice.

Certainly he will be a lot cheaper than French International Alexandre Lacazette who also has no Premier league experience and if news reports are to be believed Newcastle have offered £25M to Lyon for him.

The best deal would be to get Plato in on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy this summer, and he´s a lot cheaper then the Frenchman.

Then we could see how he plays, but the asking price seems to be around £10M for the Brazilian hit-man – and he would appear to be much better value than Lacazette.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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119 comments so far

  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #1

    More speculation.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, why do you start calling him Plato later in the article? Feeling philisophical?

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  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s get the facts right – Plato plays for Corinthians while Pato was a philosopher.

    And from the previous thread, BK (?) speculated that a Townsend loan would allow him and the club to assess one another before committing to a contract.

    Some would say that’s like courtship and marriage – once you’re signed up all the magic disappears. Or so I’m told.

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  • Goldmbemba

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d love Pato, but dont think itll happen.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Pato Banton maybe.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Lesh

    I assume you reversed that on purpose? 😀

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Come Back, with me colour tee vee and me cee dee collection of bob marleeee

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  • Goldmbemba

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #8

    RE: Townsend, Levy would probably put some clause in to say that if he played a number of games, we’d have to buy. So in order to see whether he;s any good for us, we’d end up having to buy.

    Similar to what happened with Cabella, although i wish we’d had the chance to have him back. i think he couldve come good.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #9

    We are more likely to sign a Potato

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #10

    roblee – from previous
    Haha bit hard to judge then really

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  • G

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #11

    Who does this Potato bloke play for? Can’t find him on Opta?

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  • B1GSTEVE

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #12

    If Plato is as good a player as his mate Socrates, he will be well worth getting.

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Ycmiu – 😀

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    Pato couldnt handle the Italian league’s physicality how would he do in the PL realistically?

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  • martoon

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    My opinion is I think Townsend would be a good signing especially if we got him on loan to start so we could have a look at him – a new club might be just what he needs to revitalise his career. However I’m not so fussed on Berahino – I really don’t think he is worth the big bucks being talked about for him.

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  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think a striker will be brought in in this transfer window, I’ll be very surprised if they do. Townsend will be our last deal if it comes off.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Think he typed this article while eating his sarnies

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  • Tsunki

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Pato-toh-oh-oh-oh….

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  • B1GSTEVE

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #19

    Was it berahino who didnt go to the under 1 euros last summer cos his agent advised him to concentrate on his club form ??

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  • sparky55

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought we had Rivi for that role? 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Think his agent is just touting him around everywhere.

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  • B1GSTEVE

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #22

    under 21

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  • Belfast

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Think that was Tom Ince Steve.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Was about to say there wouldn’t be much entertainment at the under 1 euros unless you find baby’s in prams entertaining of course.

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  • emperor

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Pato wouldnt come to newcastle lol.

    If we cant get any strikers in, deadline day will see us linked to gameiro and erdinc

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  • toon kk

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Martoon
    Bernahino would help supply pace and a much needed cutting edge to our team.
    But I do think all this striker talk is just speculation and we won’t get one.

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  • B1GSTEVE

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Thanks belfast, just that would hve been a negative for him , for me.

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  • AMEOBI

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #28

    WWSBRD

    I do enjoy your posts bud.. But how do you get pato couldn’t handle serie a? If I remember correctly he was fantastic for ac Milan. The goal he scored in the champions league against Barcelona was brilliant. He’s a fantastic player. Would be a real purchase in this league in my opinion.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Common a player like Pato would be wasted on McC.

    I think we have to play it safe this window. It will be players like Townsend, Remy or Berahino.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #30

    AMEOBI
    Why thank you haha I do aim to entertain

    On Pato I purely mean the physicality he was constantly breaking down and could never get a run in the team (thats a big worry because AC have a amazing medical team and even they couldnt keep the kid fit and we have a pi$$ poor one)

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  • AMEOBI

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    I honestly think Pato would be a brilliant purchase he’s the perfect fit with someone like Mitrovic to partner. Classic finisher.

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  • AMEOBI

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #32

    I get your point mate. Have a look at his record just had a look myself and it’s not bad, then again he did have robinho, Ronaldinho assisting him haha. Worth a gamble surely!

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  • martoon

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #33

    toon kk @26 – You could be right but Townsend would also add pace as well as a supply line for our existing strikers especially Mitrovic.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Personally, I’d prefer we go for Socrates or Archimedes.

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  • Sazzer

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Pato have been offered around to every club it seems so I don’t think he’s likely to end up here but he’s with Mondial Sports so there is a possiblity.

    Charnley loves making deals with this guy:
    http://www.fantagazzetta.com/App_Resources/Images/Articoli/285×192/285x192_155701-260381877473651-1108072790-n4bbe386.jpg

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #36

    I would recommend Nietzsche but apparently he gets quite itchy after a game or two.

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  • WWSBRD

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #37

    AMEOBI
    He is good when hes fit mate its just his injuries (I imagine is why he is being touted around to every club going) its a bit Carroll like the bloke just cant stay fit

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  • cyprus

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Plato was never really a good footballer, just fancy footwork. And there are some concerns regarding his position on democracy. Finally, let’s remember, he was dead against technology (the new technology then was writing).

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  • cyprus

    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #39

    G2,
    On Socrates, same thing basically. It’s like Thauvin for Cabella.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jan 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #40

    Cyprus

    Dead against technology, and is now also simply dead, which has to be a disadvantage when it comes to playing pro-football. Tough thing to come back from, death.

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