Newcastle United supporters have been pretty glum in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their side go down 3-1 away at Premier League table-toppers Manchester City on Saturday, in turn suffering a 13th league defeat of the campaign.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the runaway leaders off the back of two wins and a draw to start 2018, with successes over Stoke City and Luton Town as well as a draw against Swansea City giving some Magpies fans room for optimism ahead of the rest of the season. Yet the North East giants were unable to keep their unbeaten start to the year going as a Sergio Aguero hat-trick proved to be the difference at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Jacob Murphy’s effort in the second half nothing more than a consolation for the relegation-threatened side, who slipped to within a point of the bottom three following Stoke’s win over Huddersfield Town.
Subsequently, there have been some downbeat Magpies supporters in the Tavern in recent times, many of whom are hoping that their side can bring in the necessary reinforcements in the final nine days of the transfer window to pull them away from the relegation mire.
And one man who reportedly could be on his way to St James’ Park is Everton flop Sandro Ramirez, who made the move to Goodison Park back in the summer amid much anticipation after an excellent season for Malaga, in which he netted 16 goals in just 31 games.
Yet things haven’t worked out for the Spaniard on Merseyside and as such he could be on the move this month, but Newcastle simply must avoid a move for the £9 million-rated forward (as per Transfermarkt) and instead turn their attentions elsewhere, as a move would make absolutely no sense.
Ultimately, Sandro has shown nothing in his short time at Everton to suggest that he can be the answer to the Magpies’ goal-scoring woes – the Toffees man has failed to net in eight Premier League appearances so far this term, and has just one goal to show for his seven games in other competitions.
Things have got so bad that manager Sam Allardyce has had to splash out £27 million on Besiktas’ Cenk Tosun this month, while former boss Ronald Koeman was forced to bring Oumar Niasse back from the cold earlier in the campaign such was the Toffees’ bluntness going forward.
Newcastle need someone to come in and make an impact, someone who has scored goals at this level, and has scored goals recently – a new striker must be able to hit the ground running, and there’s no evidence to suggest that Sandro can be that man.
It could well happen that the 22-year-old rediscovers his Malaga form, but it is surely too much of a risk to take given that the Magpies are very much in a relegation battle, and failure to strengthen adequately and efficiently in the next nine days could see them return to the Championship.
And landing a striker who has failed to net domestically for Everton this season and is clearly bereft of confidence is not the answer, and as such is an avenue Newcastle simply must not go down in the final knockings of the January window.
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