Newcastle United are planning to sign one more striker and it should be Charlie Austin.
Newcastle United smashed their transfer record on Tuesday when they spent £40m on Joelinton. The 22-year-old Brazilian striker impressed with Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last season and he will be held to high standards at St. James’ Park. While fans are excited about seeing the chemistry Joelinton will form with Miguel Almiron, fans are also rightfully wondering who will play alongside him on the front-line.
Various reports across England claim that Newcastle United have their eyes on four strikers: Danny Welbeck, Andy Carroll, Charlie Austin and Marrony, with the last two players being linked the most. In my opinion, while it would be exciting to see a young Brazilian duo up top, the Magpies should try their best to sign Austin from Southampton instead of Marrony from Vasco de Gama.
Austin over Marrony
When comparing the two players on paper, signing Austin over Marrony is a no-brainer for the Toon. Marrony is not an established player at Vasco de Gama and this is reflected in the fact that he has only made 12 Serie A (Brazil) appearances with the club and has only scored one goal in the process. Overall, Marrony has made 40 appearances for Vasco de Gama, but has only scored on six occasions. Austin, on the other hand, is an experienced striker who has spent multiple seasons in the Premier League with QPR and Southampton. In total, Austin has made 106 appearances in the Top Flight and has a running tally of 34 goals and eight assists to his name.
Yes, Marrony is young, 20, and has plenty of potential, but Newcastle United cannot just solely spend large sums of money on young talent. At present, the Magpies have a good core of young players in Sean Longstaff (21), Isaac Hayden (24), Miguel Almiron (25) and Joelinton (22). Now that Joelinton is on Tyneside, the Toon should look to pair him up with a seasoned veteran like Austin.
The 30-year-old is not a prolific scorer, but he would be a solid partner for Joelinton up top. Newcastle United would greatly benefit from combining a young, athletic striker in Joelinton with a quick and scrappy striker like Austin. I know this opinion will not be all that popular, but I would rather have a decent secondary striker with Premier League experience than a youngster who is untested outside of Brazil. In addition, buying Austin, who would cost less than £10m, would free up space to spend more on a quality winger and left-back.