Since Newcastle have gone after Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen in January, the striker has gone into a goal drought, and he has yet to score a goal this year.
The Danish striker still has a decent record this year and has scored 9 goals and 3 assists in 25 total games and 7 in 19 games in the Eredivisie.
But as we have found out before it’s a lot easier to score goals in the Dutch league than the Premier League; we found that out with long-term target Luuk de Jong.
Jorgensen was keen to join Newcastle in January, and we would have doubled his wages if we could have agreed a fee for him with Feyenoord.
Nicolai Jorgensen – no goals this year – yet
But Newcastle were not prepared to the £20M the Dutch wanted for him, and instead, we brought in Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester City.
This is what Jorgensen has told Voetball Zone about his status:
“I will continue to work for the team, then I am certain that those goals will come again. It is not my best period at Feyenoord. Hopefully it will come soon. I feel better and better. They were hectic months for me.
“You just have periods like this in football. I am not happy with it, but I work hard to do it better. I do not want to shoot myself and know that I can make goals, but I just have to do it again.”
“I will continue to work hard for the team, then it will come naturally.”
The 27-year-old Dane was reported to be Rafa’s number one striker last month, and if that’s the case, it’s likely Rafa will be back in for him this summer.
Rafa is not put off when players go through patches of bad form – it happens to every player.
But for £20M Newcastle could also sign on-loan striker Islam Slimani so it will depend on how the Algerian performs during his loan spell at Newcastle.
But Rafa will want two new strikers brought in this summer, so there’s a chance we could get both strikers through the door.
Mike Ashley or whoever the owner is in the summer must be prepared to spend money on good players.
£40M for two Premier League class strikers is hardly exorbitant these days.