Newcastle United are desperately seeking to upgrade their front line, but the process is proving to be quite difficult…
Newcastle United are the joint-lowest scoring team in the Premier League this season with 25 goals through 29 games. Of the four strikers currently in the squad, Joelinton is the only one who has found the back of the net, but the Brazilian only has one goal to his name.
The dynamic duo of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin have pitched in with a combined tally of four goals this season, but the expectation is that they score more goals as well. Jonjo Shelvey is the club’s leading scorer with five goals this season, and the back line has bailed the team out on several occasions by scoring half of the Magpies’ goals this season.
That trend needs to change and the incoming owners are well aware of this. Over the last month, players like Edinson Cavani, Dries Mertens and Luka Jovic have been linked with Newcastle United. Unfortunately, though, Cavani, Mertens and Jovic do not see St. James’ Park as a preferred destination.
It is understood that these players were at the top of the incoming owners’ summer wishlist, but it looks like that list will need to be modified. Cavani and Mertens hope to sign for clubs already guaranteed to play in the Champions League, and Jovic’s agents seem to be pushing him in the direction of AC Milan.
The Magpies have struck out in their pursuit of these notable strikers, however, it is important to remember that several talented strikers with proven scoring records are still in the market. When taking a closer look at the current scenario, missing out on the aforementioned players might be a blessing in disguise.
At 33-years-old, Cavani and Mertens can still contribute to a team, but they are well out of their prime, and they would only help the Magpies achieve short-term success. Jovic is a youngster with plenty of potential to become a great striker, but he would be an expensive gamble due to his inconsistency over the course of his young career.
It will be interesting to see how Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Amanda Staveley and the Reuben brothers alter their transfer list going forward. My personal opinion, which I shared with you all a few weeks ago, is that Newcastle United should pay the £52m release cause to secure the services of Timo Werner.
Who do you think the Magpies should add to their attacking wishlist this summer? Let us know in the comments section below.