Newcastle United need to upgrade the front line if they wish to break into the top ten next season.
Newcastle United comfortably avoided relegation this season despite minimal contribution from their strikers. Joelinton – the club’s record signing – has only found the back of the net twice this season, which opened the door for Dwight Gayle to lead the front line with a mere three goals.
Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto have not scored for the Magpies this term and this alarming output is a major reason why Newcastle United could not keep up with teams like Southampton, Everton, and Burnley.
That needs to change next season, and the best way to do that is by signing some quality players to take charge in the final third. Newcastle United have been linked with Wolfsburg star Wout Weghorst, but it remains to be seen if the club will transform their interest into action.
If that deal is not pursued, or falls through, Newcastle United must turn their attention to England international striker Callum Wilson. With AFC Bournemouth on the brink of relegation, there is no chance that Wilson will follow the club down to the second tier of English football.
With 22 goals and 10 assists to his name over the last two seasons, Wilson fits the bill for what Newcastle United need up top. With the support of Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, as well as the creativity of Jonjo Shelvey in the middle, Wilson would have a good shot of scoring in double figures for Newcastle United.
His ability to create plays for teammates would also bode well for Almiron, Saint-Maximin, and especially Joelinton as they all need to improve their scoring tallies.
The underwhelming form of some notable clubs this season opened the door for a possible run at the Europa League, but the lack of offensive efficiency kept Newcastle United in the bottom half.
That being said, the Magpies are in dire need of a striker who can hold the ball up, confidently take on defenders, be lethal in front of goal, and provide assists for others.
Negotiating a deal for his services would not be all that difficult if Bournemouth go down, but Newcastle United should pursue a deal even if the Cherries stay in the top flight by the skin of their teeth.
Other Premier League clubs will be lining up for his signature once the transfer window opens, so the front office needs to act quickly if they want to land the quality striker with a proven record in the Premier League.