Eddie Howe is reportedly lining up Tyrese Campbell as his first signing for Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Up and running again
After a serious knee injury which kept him out at the start of the season, the 21-year-old is now up and running again for Stoke City, with his latest goal in their 2-0 win at QPR in midweek adding to his other strike against Peterborough United last month (Transfermarkt).
After his cameo against the Posh, his manager Michael O’Neill praised the youngster’s ‘brilliant’ work in the build-up and claimed that it was the first time that the Potters saw the ‘Tyrese of old’ (VAVEL).
Should Newcastle sign Campbell?
Indeed, O’Neill cited how Campbell was ‘flying, scoring and assisting goals and terrorising defences’ last season before his injury, as he netted seven goals and provided a further eight assists in 19 games across all competitions (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, it looks as if the Stoke centre-forward is now a player in demand as the January transfer window draws nearer.
The Latest: Campbell lined up
As per The Sun, Howe is now lining up Campbell to be his and Newcastle’s first signing of the new Saudi era.
The former Burnley and Bournemouth manager is ‘ready’ to offer a fee of £20m to secure his signature in January, and has tracked him ever since his time with the Cherries.
Campbell, who is the son of former Everton and Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell, caught the eye of Howe because of his ‘pace and eye for goal’, and it looks as if the 44-year-old can finally get his man if the price is right.
The Verdict: Worth the risk?
Of course, with very little experience of playing in the Premier League, and concerns over his lengthy injury, it would certainly be a risk bringing Campbell to St. James’ Park. However, he has already shown that he can frighten defenders, and at just 21 years of age, he should only get better.
Given Howe’s long-term admiration for him, the Newcastle boss would also enjoy working with the striker and trying to get the best out of him, and Campbell have the added benefit of learning from Callum Wilson, the Magpies’ top scorer so far this season with six goals.
Nonetheless, given that they are in a relegation battle, they need to take risks, and Campbell is a calculated one which could well pay off.
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