If Rafa Tired Of Missed Chances He Could Sign This Striker In January

How many times this season have Newcastle dominated games or dominated long stretches of games, but missed their chances and scraped together a win or lost a game?

That’s kind of happened last night at the KCOM stadium with Newcastle dominating the first half and also extra time when Hull had been reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Dieumerci Mbokani, but we found it difficult to score.

And when we did score early in extra time we conceded a very sloppy goal though lack of concentration.

As Rafa has said many times this season, you have got to take your chances when you are in the ascendancy and we haven’t done that too many times this season.


Sebastien Haller – French U21 striker

Obviously one thing Rafa can do is to coach his players at shooting and various ways they can put the ball in the net.

Newcastle were so poor at that in March that he brought in 35 year-old striker coach Allan Russell to try to get the best out of the strikers we had at that time.

He could do a similar thing now, but since the transfer window is just 32 days away he could also bring in a new striker in January.

We have been heavily linked since early this summer with 22 year-old French striker Sebastien Haller of Utrecht and Rafa was reported to have even talked to the player in the summer in an effort to get him on Tyneside.

Haller has said he wants to play in the Premier League and it seems he wasn’t too keen to play in the English second division last summer.

But if we can start winning games again in the Championship before the end of the year we should be in a great position to be promoted in January.

That should help Newcastle convince Sebastien to join us.

Haller stands 6ft 2ins tall and he’s played for all of the French Youth sides including 20 appearances for the U-21 side with 13 goals.

This season he has banged in 8 goals and had 4 assists in 18 total appearances for Utrecht.

He joined Utrecht last year from Auxerre and scored 24 goals in 40 appearances last season and in 75 total appearances for his Dutch club he hasnow  scored 43 goals and 15 assists.

Top clubs like Everton, Tottenham, Ajax, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Schalke 04 have all shown interest in the player this year.

It could be that Haller is one player we go after in January and he would help score those goals and would be a good player for Newcastle’s future  in the Premier League.

He’s also a young player who can improve under the coaching of Benitez.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored 7 goals in 26 appearances for Serbia – let me think for a minute – Utrecht or the Serbian national side – which is the higher level – mmmmm – hard one this – Serbia probably just edges it !!!

    Oh and by the way he scored 9 goals in a PL side fighting relegation.

    Mitro WILL come good – mark my words !

  • Spotlight Kid

    Nov 30, 2016 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #2

    He might as well book a return ticket like the rest and we’ll negotiate a boomerang ‘buy-back-at-half-the-price’ contract at the same time, because you know he ain’t gonna cut it. If he was any good at 22 he would have been snaffled up long ago by Europe’s big boys, and if even Spurs aren’t interested then I suspect this would be another of our many Euro follies. The only class player we managed to sign recently from France was sent packing on a free to Hull. He’s still not too bad, ask Arsene Wenger.

  • dannitoon

    Nov 30, 2016 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Totally agree… mitro will come good… only 22… feed the goat so to speak

  • mainemagpie

    Nov 30, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #4

    How is 7 goals in 26 matches for Serbia spread over 4 years an indication of anything? A goal every 4 games, not even 2 goals a year.

    Oh, and by the way 9 goals for a team fighting for relegation is irrelevant if non of those goals helped avoid relegation. He does not produce goals in games regularly enough to make him a match winner. He has no instinct for goal, lacks pace and positioning. You will be hard pressed to document more than a couple of times where you can say without Mitrovic we would not have won/drawn that game.

    There is little evidence so far that he will come good and if he was any good at 22 he would have been snaffled up long ago by Europe’s big boys, but he hasn’t. He is barely good enough to play in a to of the league Championship team.


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