Mike Ashley’s prudent, tight-fisted and somewhat stingy approach to the transfer market has been one of the biggest talking points at Newcastle United in the past decade, and a familiar feeling of frustration emerged once again during the summer as the controversial owner showed no sign of shifting away from the status quo.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Magpies as Rafa Benitez managed to welcome 7 new players to the club, with additions made throughout the spine of the squad. However, the total expenditure throughout the month only came to £31.1 million, whilst the likes of Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanders and West Ham United embarked on sensational spending sprees.
Naturally, this disappointed the supporters who are desperate to see talent of the highest quality arrive at the club. Although no official interest has been reported from Newcastle, one player that Ashley should certainly have on his radar to finally give the supporters something to shout about is the Argentina international Cristian Pavon.
The 22-year-old made his World Cup debut in Russia this summer despite the fact Jorge Sampaoli made the brave decision to leave a player of Mauro Icardi’s calibre at home, and his inclusion in the squad is highly indicative of the extent of his enormous potential.
After arriving at Boca Juniors for a fee of just £3.1 million in 2014, Pavon has slowly blossomed into one of the Primera Division’s most devastating attacking talents.
Last season alone Pavon managed to score 6 goals and provide 13 assists from just 26 appearances in the Primera Division, and the youngster is only bound to improve with every passing season.
Pavon predominantly operates from the right-wing where he is able to use his blistering pace and tantalising trickery to skip past his opposite number in 1 v 1 situations, but he is also accustomed to playing on the left-wing or as a number ten.
The £3.1 million fee Boca paid to sign him in 2014 certainly represents a snip of his value in today’s market and Ashley would almost certainly need to break the transfer record to secure his signature.
After years of transfer misery for the supporters it’s about time that he gave both the supporters and Benitez a new player to get truly excited about, and Pavon certainly fits that description.
The prospect of making a healthy profit on Pavon is one which will certainly appeal to Boca as South American clubs are no strangers to agreeing deals with European clubs looking to beat the market to rising superstars residing across the Atlantic.
Pavon’s arrival at St James’ would be one of the most sensational transfers in Newcastle’s history as it would single-handedly transform the quality of their attack, so Ashley must finally silence his doubters in one of the next two windows by forking out for one of Argentina’s most exciting talents.
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