Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in recent times after seeing their side suffer a fifth Premier League defeat of the season at the weekend.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their meeting with Leicester City on Saturday having managed to accumulate just two points from their opening six league matches, drawing at Cardiff City and Crystal Palace alongside defeats at the hands of Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City, and Arsenal. And the Magpies remain without a win to their name this term as goals from Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire either side of half time sealed a 2-0 victory for Claude Puel’s Foxes, in turn leaving Newcastle sat firmly in the division’s relegation zone.
As such, there have been many disappointed Magpies supporters up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been bemoaning their side’s hugely inactive transfer window as the reason for their team’s sluggish start to the new season.
And while they did make a few additions to their squad, most notably Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto in the forward ranks, it appears that the club missed yet another trick in the transfer window by failing to lure Jordan Ayew to St James’ Park.
Ultimately, the striking department has been a problem area at the North East giants for some time given they bagged just 39 goals in their 38 Premier League games last season, with the likes of Joselu, Dwight Gayle, and Aleksandar Mitrovic failing to regularly produce the goods.
And with the latter two having left the club during the summer, deals which themselves raised a few eyebrows, it was imperative that Benitez compensated for those departures, with messrs Rondon and Muto the men he lured to St James’ Park as a result.
Yet neither have found the back of the net in the Premier League just yet while the latter hasn’t even started in the league to underline their relative ineffectiveness so far this term, which begs to wonder why they didn’t go all out to lure Ayew, now of Crystal Palace, to the club.
The Ghana international cost parent club Swansea City just £5.31 million (as per Transfermarkt) from Aston Villa back in the summer of 2017, and while the Swans were unable to avoid Premier League relegation last term, it wasn’t as a result of Ayew’s struggles in front of goal given he bagged seven times over the course of their league campaign.
And with goals at Villa as well earlier in his career, the 27-year-old has proven his worth in the top-flight in years gone by, and while he hasn’t yet been able to produce the goods for Roy Hodgson’s Palace, it is surely just a matter of time before he starts hitting the back of the net.
Yet that doesn’t look like happening too regularly at Newcastle at present, and with Rondon out with injury and question marks over Muto’s ability in the top tier, it looks as though Benitez will be left with the likes of Joselu and Ayoze Perez to lead the line in the coming weeks and months – it’s hardly ideal.
Thus, given the Magpies were linked with a move for Ayew during the summer, it appears that the club’s hierarchy have missed yet another trick in the transfer window by failing to lure the man who cost just £5.31 million to St James’ Park.
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