Newcastle United supporters have been slightly downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in recent times after seeing their side’s unbeaten start to 2018 come to an end courtesy of a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Premier League leaders having won two and drawn the other of their three games in the New Year, with victories over Stoke City and Luton Town as well as a draw against Swansea City giving some of our resident Magpies fans hope heading into the rest of the season. However, that unbeaten start came to an end on Saturday as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick inspired the Citizens to a routine success, with Jacob Murphy’s second half effort nothing more than a consolation for the North East giants.
Subsequently, there have been many despondent Newcastle fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are hoping that their team can indeed bring in much-needed reinforcements in the final few days of the January transfer window.
Yet one man who may not be on his way to St James’ Park is Leicester City striker Islam Slimani, as reports suggest that the Magpies target could secure a loan move to Monaco.
And with a deal for the 29-year-old seemingly unlikely, Newcastle must forget about the Algeria international and instead focus all their efforts on bringing Watford’s Troy Deeney to the club.
And that’s because the Englishman is a proven Premier League goal-scorer and is exactly the sort of striker who could pull the Magpies away from the relegation mire.
Since helping the Hornets win promotion to the top-flight back in 2015, the 29-year-old has scored 25 goals and laid on 14 assists in 90 appearances for the Hertfordshire-based club, netting in excess of ten league goals in both of his full seasons in the Premier League so far.
And while it hasn’t quite happened for the striker so far this season, one cannot forget how influential he has been in helping Watford establish themselves as a Premier League side, with Deeney often the talisman and leading from the front, with his tenacity, strength, and authority making life difficult for defenders.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old is a nightmare to defend against. He is adept with the ball at his feet while his aerial presence is well-documented, but he also puts a shift in to work his teammates into the game, and thus create chances in front of goal.
And having a striker like that, a focal point in the side, is exactly what Newcastle are after.
Joselu works tirelessly but simply isn’t a good enough finisher to carry the hopes of the Magpies faithful, while Dwight Gayle may be deadly from inside the penalty area, but often needs someone upfront with him to perform to his best abilities. Deeney is the answer to both of these problems.
The Watford star would be the ideal man for Matt Ritchie to aim his crosses and set-plays towards; the ideal man to run into the channels to create space for the Scot and Christian Atsu; the ideal man to partner Gayle in attack to play to the 27-year-old’s strengths.
And while Slimani would do a similar job, Deeney trumps him for his work-ethic and goal record in the Premier League, while he would also bring a wealth of top-flight experience to an ultimately inexperienced Newcastle side.
And that is why the Magpies must forget about the Algeria international and instead focus on bringing £9 million-rated Deeney (as per Transfermarkt) to St James’ Park.
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