The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern were absolutely ecstatic yesterday after recording a massive 1-0 victory over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on New Year’s Day.
Newcastle United took a huge step towards securing their Premier League status following their victory against Stoke earlier this week, but they still have plenty of work to do if they wish to beat the drop this season. Ayoze Perez’s strike with less than 20 minutes to play was enough to ensure the Newcastle fans would return to Tyneside with three vital points after a predictably cagey affair in Staffordshire. Now that the January transfer window is open for business again, Rafa Benitez will be looking to make some crucial additions to his squad to ensure survival this season.
Benitez has so far struggled to get his side into free-flowing goal-scoring form in the Premier League, as their record of 20 goals from 22 matches strongly suggests.
It goes without saying that Newcastle need to focus on bringing quality attacking talent to the club this month, and not just at centre-forward.
Dwight Gayle is currently the clubs joint top-goalscorer with Joselu on 3 goals so far this season, but his below average return can be partially explained by a lack of service and quality in the final third.
With that being said, Newcastle should be focussing on bringing a winger with an impressive record in one of Europe’s most prestigious leagues to St James’ Park during the January transfer window.
One player who more than fits that description is Bologna’s right-winger Simone Verdi, who is currently valued at £12.5 million by Transfermarkt.
Verdi has been in terrific form for 12th placed Bologna so far this season, with 6 goals and 5 assists from 19 appearances already to his name in the Italian top-flight.
The fact that Verdi can both create and finish from out wide, makes him a very appealing prospect for the goal-shy Magpies, so Benitez should do everything he can to bring the Italian to Newcastle this January to ensure his side beat the drop.
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