Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will be relatively pleased with the performances of his side this season, but will know that an improvement must occur over the second half of year to ensure his side stretch their Premier League stay to a second season.
Magpies fans here in The Transfer Tavern are keen to see their side busy in the winter transfer window, with the north east faithful telling our landlord over a lunchtime pint that new signings are key to the club’s survival this season. Just two points above the drop zone, a poor run could see the club slide into the bottom-three, and run the risk of an instant return to the Football League. A new striker was top of fans wishlist in the chat with our landlord, but with The Sun reporting that Benitez must sell before he can buy this month, an affordable man may have to take priority over a big £20 million plus signing.
Many names were touted, but our boss couldn’t help but suggest a move for an in-form Football League striker. Peterborough United’s Jack Marriott has been in electric form this season, scoring an incredible seventeen goals in the league, as well as laying on a further three assists for his teammates. HITC reported that the Posh had rejected bids of £3.5 million and £4 million from three unnamed Championship clubs, but Newcastle should have the funds to stump up enough cash to release the player from his Peterborough deal. Marriott is the only English player to score more goals than Harry Kane this season, and his form in the third tier cannot be taken lightly.
The 23-year-old is a real poacher, and with his attributes, should be able to transfer his game to the highest level of English football. If Rafa can find the money, a prolific goalscorer like Marriott should be a no-brainer.
Newcastle fans, let us know your thoughts!