It’s looking more and more like Rafa Benitez wants two strikers brought in during the January transfer window to fix one of the Newcastle problems that have existed ever since Rafa joined us in March last year.
That’s our ability to score goals – and while we did score a lot of goals in the Championship, we had Dwight Gayle (23) and Matt Ritchie (16) banging them in for us but this season neither has scored a goal in the Premier League.
And Spanish striker Joselu has turned out to be what he is – a £5M striker who finds it very difficult to score goals at the highest level although he’s a good technical player who leads the line well.
But a striker has to be able to put the ball in the back of the net when the opportunity presents itself.
So the biggest weakness in the Newcastle’s team right now is with our strikers, and most of the other positions are reasonably well stocked.
Yes, we do need a conventional left back, and another playmaker in the middle of the park would be good.
Danny Ings – former target could be arriving in January – on loan
We are probably only four or five players away from having a really good team.
Former target Danny Ings has been linked with us, and it seems a perfect time for him to join Newcastle in January on loan.
After his two serious knee injuries, he needs first team playing time, and there’s not much chance of getting that at the Reds.
But Rafa rates the Winchester-born striker and will probably take him on loan in January with an option to buy in the summer, depending on how he performs on Tyneside.
The other striker we are continually linked with is Cenk Tosun who has hinted he may be ready to leave Besiktas is a decent offer comes in.
This is what he has told the Turkish press:
“I love Besiktas, I really do. I’ve always wanted to play for this club and I’m living the dream.
“But in the right time, with the green light from our President, I’d like to play in Europe.”
But we don’t expect Rafa to buy two strikers in January – we will have a lot of money to spend in the summer, and he may want to go after another top striker at that time.
Dwight Gayle and Mitrovic don’t seem to have long-term futures at Newcastle, but they may stay through the summer before they are sold for decent fees.
Rafa wants to improve the team in every single position in the next two transfer windows.