There have been various reports recently that Newcastle are interested in Burnley striker Ashley Barnes, who has rarely been a starter for the struggling Burnley side this season.
The 27-year-old has started Burnley’s last six Premier League matches but he’s scored only one goal and had one assist and he’s certainly not a prolific goalscorer.
In the four seasons he’s been at Burnley since joining them from Brighton & Hove Albion in 2013 he’s scored only 14 goals and has only 6 assists in 96 appearances, with 6 goals and 3 assists in 30 appearances this season.
This season seems to be his best season at Burnley.
So he’s certainly doesn’t score many goals and would not be a starter at Newcastle in the Premier League.
So why we would want to sign the 27 year-old is a mystery to us.
We suppose in today’s very inflated transfer window the £6M Newcastle would have to pay for the Bath-born player is small change, but we’d be very surprised if Ashley Barnes is really a target of Rafa Benitez.
Of course this is silly season and likely to be very silly season this summer.
This has to be one player we are not really interested in.