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Rafa Benitez Likely To Pass On This Premier League Striker

Rafa Benitez will bring in at least one striker this summer as Newcastle have put a £30M transfer fee on the head of Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Slovakian International striker was brilliant for Fulham this year son loan coring 12 goals in 20 appearances for the Cottagers.

And he helped them get promotion to the Premier League by the playoffs beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the final at Wembley last Saturday.

With Dwight Gayle’s overall play much improved this year, even though he scored only 6 Premier League goals last season, it seems as though Rafa will keep the striker for next season.

There’s news in the Mirror that West Brom striker Salomon Rondon is available, but Rondon is not a prolific goalscorer.

Salomon Rondon being fouled by DeAndre Yedlin last season

In three years at West Brom, he scored only 28 goals and had 10 assists in 120 total appearances.

Rafa will be looking for somebody better than Rondon to bring in, although it will not be Algerian International Islam Slimani who was underwhelming during his loan spell at Newcastle this year.

Rondon – capped  66 times by Venezuela (20 goals) – is available for £16M.

The Mirror is reporting that West Ham, Tottenham, and Chelsea are all interested and doesn’t mention Newcastle.

Maybe Rafa’s top striker target will still be 27-year-old Danish International Nicolai Jorgensen
who plays for Feyenoord.

Rafa may go back for the 27-year-old and pay up to £20M to bring the Danish forward to Tyneside and finally break our transfer record.

It stands at only £17M which we paid Real Madrid for Michel Owen 13 years ago.

Surely it will be broken this summer?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 2, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #1


    Has the right attributes but 7 goals in 32 starts says it all.

  • Pottsclock

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #2

    His EPL goal stats are quite similar to Gayle’s but he works very hard off the ball too with assists. However, I really think we need a person who is a more prolific goalscorer. I don’t think our team under Rafa will ever be short of off the ball effort.

  • Jib

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed there’s a striker at Southampton avaiable
    6’2″ 29 next month

    Charlie erm Morris or Rover or summat


    That’s it Austin

    Good player him like

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4


    some of the names may have changed but the emphasis is still the same.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #5

    Minor point, Gaye started only 23 matches.

  • sing in the corner

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6

    No Rondon?
    I sincerely hope not. He’s average in a dwindling pool of dinosaur-mould strikers.
    He is slow, and his lack of movement off the ball / anticipation is Mitroesque.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    “Colour Me Pop was a British music TV programme broadcast on BBC2 from June 1968 to August 1969.”

    I don’t think my parents had BBC2 in 1968!

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #8

    Lindisfarne….. Morris minor point?

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Rockpalaste……really good live concerts featuring a wide range of guests, going way back, Rory Gallagher, Jackson Browne, It Bites etc.Well worth a trawl through YouToob.

  • toonincheek

    Jun 2, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    At £30m, Mitro is overpriced, even in today’s market.
    I’m sure it’s not Rafa who has come up with that price.
    Can’t see anyone paying that.
    So – looks like he won’t be sold, certainly not quickly.

    Looks to me like the hierarchy is compromising Rafa’s
    transfer dealings yet again.


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