Newcastle remain in the relegation zone of the Premier League following a 2-0 home defeat against Leicester.
The Magpies continued their miserable start to the season against the foxes with Jamie Vardy opening the scoring from the penalty spot after DeAndre Yedlin was penalised for handball. Rafael Benitez’s men were unable to find an equaliser, and Harry Maguire doubled Leicester’s advantage with 15 minutes remaining. The result leaves Newcastle without a win in the Premier League this season.
Owner Mike Ashley was in attendance at St. James Park to watch his team lose yet again. In his first home match since May 2017, Ashley smiled at chants from the Newcastle fans calling for his head. The performance was another indication that he must back Benitez in the transfer market if the Magpies are to turn their season around.
Newcastle are struggling to score this season so must make a move for Lille forward – Nicolas Pepe. Valued at £14.4m by Transfermarkt, the 23-year-old is quickly emerging as one of Ligue 1’s rising starts following a superb debut season at Lille. Pepe netted 13 goals and notched five assists in the league but attracted no interest in the summer transfer window.
The Ivorian was quick to show he is not a one season wonder, bagging five goals and registering five assists in his opening eight fixtures for Lille so far this campaign. His form should have Newcastle monitoring his situation in France as Pepe would add a much-needed extra dimension to their attack. With Rondon isolated, the youngster could be the perfect addition to bring the best out of the Venezuelan.
If the Magpies want to avoid a return to the Championship, signing Pepe is a must in January.
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