Newcastle United supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their team lose 3-1 at Premier League table-toppers Manchester City on Saturday, thus bringing to an end their unbeaten start to 2018.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the runaway leaders having won two and drawn the other of their three matches in the New Year, with victories over Stoke City and Luton Town as well as a draw at home to Swansea City giving our resident Magpies fans some confidence heading into the second half of the season. However, they were unable to maintain their unbeaten start to the year as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick inspired Pep Guardiola’s side to all three points, with Jacob Murphy’s second half effort nothing more than a consolation for the North East giants.
Subsequently, there have been some despondent Newcastle fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are sincerely hoping that their side bring in much-needed reinforcements in the last knockings of the transfer window.
And one man they have been linked with is Feyenoord’s Nicolai Jorgensen, although the Magpies have reportedly failed with a second bid for the Denmark international.
And with things not seemingly going to plan with that transfer pursuit, Benitez’s side should forget about the 27-year-old and instead launch an audacious move for Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.
And that’s because the Frenchman is exactly the sort of striker Newcastle need to pull them away from the relegation mire in the second half of the campaign.
Ultimately, while often criticised for failing to be the striker Arsenal need to push on and challenge for the Premier League, Giroud’s goal-record in the English top-flight is actually mightily impressive, having netted 73 goals and laid on 27 assists in 179 appearances for the Gunners.
And given that many of those have come off the substitute’s bench, that equates to an impressive rate of a goal every 154 minutes of Premier League action – a significantly better number than the current strikers at Benitez’s disposal.
And with at least 11 goals in every full season he has played in the top-flight, Giroud is consistently finding the back of the net for Arsene Wenger’s side, but other options have restricted his gametime in recent seasons – he has only started one league game this time round.
But in a Newcastle side, who have scored just 22 goals in 24 Premier League games but have created more chances than nine other teams in the Premier League, he could flourish, and as such the Magpies could reap the rewards from such investment.
The 31-year-old is exceptional aerially but also has ability with his feet, and can do an awful lot of what is required of a centre forward, be it holding the ball up and bringing others into play, or finding the back of net with both his head and his feet.
Giroud would be the ideal man to get on the end of Matt Ritchie’s often teasing crosses and set plays, and he could well get the best out of Dwight Gayle, whose finishing is unquestionable, but he needs someone up there with him to perform at his highest level.
And with the Frenchman clearly eyeing up a place in his country’s World Cup squad come the summer, yet missing out on the most recent one, Newcastle would be offering him the minutes and the opportunity to stake a claim to France boss Didier Deschamps.
And if he can produce the sort of form seen during his stint at Arsenal, his arrival would go some way to keeping Newcastle in the Premier League, so Benitez must forget about the unproven Jorgensen and instead focus his efforts on bringing £18 million-rated Giroud (as per Transfermarkt) to the North East.
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