An area of the team that Rafa may want to strengthen next month is striker and if he can get a decent striker in during January then we think Rafa will do that – otherwise he will bring in a new striker in the summer to further improve the quality of the Newcastle side.
Two strikers we have been linked with this season are 22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller and 24 year-old Callum Wilson of Bournemouth.
And then there is the striker we were willing to pay £25M for last January – Saido Berahino – who is still available and his contract at West Brom runs out at the end of June.
He will be available at a lot less than £25M and he could be a decent buy.
23 year-old Saido Berahino – West Brom striker
Sebastien Haller stands 6ft 2ins and he’s played for all of the French Youth sides including 18 appearances for the U-21 side with 10 goals.
This season he has banged in 8 goals and got 4 assists in 16 total appearances for Utrecht.
22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller
He joined Utrecht last summer from Auxerre and scored 24 goals in 40 appearances last season, but he was also on loan for half a season at Utrecht before that – so in 75 total appearances he has scored 43 goals and had 15 assists for his Dutch club.
Rafa was reported to have spoken to him last summer in an attempt to get him to Newcastle.
Callum Wilson has looked a good player when we’ve watched him for Bournemouth this season after he missed most of last season with a serious ACL injury.
24 year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson
This season he has 3 goals in 11 appearances at Bournemouth and he looks like a talented player who Rafa could improve at Newcastle, although he is by no means a prolific goalscorer.
And then there’s Sadio Berahino who has struggled for form and with injuries since Newcastle tried to entice him from West Brom last year and has only played five times this season for the Baggies.
But he’s got a lot of talent and maybe Rafa can bring the very best out of him and he obviously has skill, after scoring 20 goals in 45 appearances in the 2014-2015 season.
Saido is available at a cut price fee next month given that he has just over six months left on his West Brom contract.