Dwight Gayle just didn’t look match fit during yesterday’s unfortunate 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at home, and we must sign at least one striker this month before the transfer window closes.
The game plan seemed to be working well yesterday, but we were unlucky to have lost both Paul Dummett and Florian Lejeune to injury in the first half although the players who had come in – Lascelles and Mbemba had coped well.
Mbemba is a good player – we should keep him – he can do a job for us and he’ s still very young too.
But then another display of madness from Jonjo Shelvey lost us the game after 48 minutes, and he was sent off for stamping on Alli’s foot, and it was essentially game over with Spurs going on to score two goals against a depleted Newcastle side.
27-year-old Stoke 6ft 3ins striker Joselu
With Jonjo out for three games, it will put pressure on Mike Ashley to help Rafa bring in some players this week, but there’s some good news in the Chronicle yesterday that Newcastle is in talks to sign Stoke’s Spanish striker Joselu.
The reports have been that Newcastle has been negotiating with Stoke for a while now, so we have to believe the move is near and the talks are at an advanced stage.
#nufc remain in talks to sign Joselu. Rafa Benitez also still hopeful on Kenedy. Conte making a point to his board by naming him on bench.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 13, 2017
Stoke want to recoup most of the £5.75M they paid Hannover for him two years ago so surely we have around £5M to sign this player?
And even last week when he was interviewed by Alan Shearer, Rafa Benitez said he was close to signing a striker nearly as good as Alan for a decent transfer fee – maybe that was a reference to Joselu?
Joselu spent last season on loan at Deportivo de La Coruna, where he played 24 times in all competitions and scored a decent six goals.
While at Stoke he’s scored four goals in 27 appearances.
Kenedy who plays on the left-hand side is wanted on a season-long loan with an option to buy – and so we should also be able to afford him for the season.
The hope of Newcastle fans is we can sign both Joselu and Kenedy this week, and then maybe Rafa needs a goalkeeper, left back, and even a playmaker brought in, but he’ll not get them all.
First things first and we need these two targets brought in this week if at all possible.
And then after that maybe a goalkeeper but if we can’t sell Tim Krul the club will be a little cautious to bring in another goalkeeper, and Tim may be one of the three keepers fighting for the number one position at Newcastle.
We were relatively upbeat after yesterday’s game – not with the result – but we played well, and new boys Manquillo, Atsu, Lejeune, and Merino all looked good players with Atsu just outstanding.
All seem to be good acquisitions by Rafa.
What do you think?