With news this morning that Newcastle are likely not going to get a manager the equivalent of Rafa Benitez, it is vital that the club make some very savvy moves this transfer window.
A player we feel could be a really good acquisition, if Newcastle could pull it off, is Watford’s Dodi Lukebakio.
Lukebakio is a product of the superb Anderlecht academy which he joined in 2014 when he was just sixteen years of age.
He made his international debut for the Democratic Republic of Congo before switching his international allegiance to his nation of birth, Belgium. He has made seventeen appearances for the Belgian U21 team.
During his time at Anderlecht, Dodi was unable to break into the side making just 18 total first-team appearances for the club.
He had loan spells at both Ligue 1 club Toulouse in 2016-17 and Belgian club RSC Charleroi in the first half of the 2017-18 season. The Toulouse loan ended up going very poorly for him as he made only 5 appearances in Ligue 1 for them.
He played quite well the following year with Belgian first division side Charleroi and caught the attention of Watford.
In the 2018 January transfer window, Watford brought Lukebakio to Vicarage Road for €5m.
He ended up making one appearance in the Premier League as a late substitute against West Ham in February.
Dodi Lukebakio– was outstanding in Bundesliga last year
Last summer Watford loaned the winger to Fortuna Dusseldorf where he had an outstanding season. At Dusseldorf, Lukebakio was sometimes deployed as an out and out striker and not just on the right.
He displayed his versatility as a player as well as proving to b very comfortable up front. In December, he scored a hat trick at Bayern Munich which garnered him much press around the footballing world.
Last season, he split time equally between being an out and out striker and on the right wing. He also made the occasional appearance on the left. He was able to deliver with 14 goals in 34 appearances.
The 6’2″ attacker is looking to leave Watford this summer. Though he has stated that he wants to play for a club that is in Europe, he may not find many options.
The clubs in European competition in the top leagues would probably not be able to offer him the first-team football he desires. While the second-tier leagues like Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie may not be able to afford him.
Lukebakio wants to play and he wants to find a home. He is a supremely confident individual but has spent his entire career on loan.
Lille have had a bid of €12m rejected so far this summer. German outlet Bild has reported that Watford want £18m for him.
At just twenty-one years old, he could develop into a top talent. He could also add some attacking quality that the club sorely needs right now.
We think he would be a good option for Newcastle to go after this summer.