The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their club will secure the signature of another centre-forward this summer to improve their potency in the final-third.
Rafa Benitez may have led his club to survival with relative ease this season, but Newcastle cannot afford rest on their laurels this summer as they will need a handful of new acquisitions to emulate their achievements next season. The Magpies’ survival bid was built on their defensive solidity and organisation installed by Benitez, as they lacked the necessary firepower to outscore teams throughout the season.
Ayoze Perez silenced his doubters in the final weeks of the season by notching an impressive 6 goals from Newcastle’s final 8 fixtures of the season to make him the club’s top-goalscorer with 8 ahead of Dwight Gayle who finished with 6 goals. However, according to TEAMTalk, Newcastle are set to add to their attacking options this summer by signing Tammy Abraham (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) on loan from Chelsea.
Although Abraham showed plenty of promise during his loan spell with Swansea last season, Newcastle should be targeting a striker with a proven track-record in order to solve their goal-scoring problems, as the 20-year-old is too similar to Gayle. Both Gayle and Abraham are diligent workers who are willing to chase down loose balls and pressurise defenders, but neither appear to possess a clinical edge in-front of goal which the club are desperately crying out for.
In fairness to Abraham, he is still a young player learning his trade in the Premier League, and he should be able to improve his composure in-front of goal with increased exposure at the top level. However, Newcastle do not have time to wait for a striker to reach his full potential, so they simply must abandon their pursuit of Abraham and target a striker who is both experienced and proven in one of Europe’s top divisions this summer.
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