The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted with the progress their club have made so far this season, but they believe that a handful of acquisitions will be needed in the summer to ensure their progress continues next season.
Rafa Benitez’s side managed put together a fantastic run of results at just the right time to steer clear of a potential relegation battle, but their run of form did not arrive due to the presence of a prolific striker.
The presence of a natural goal-scorer can often prove to be the difference between relegation and survival in the top-flight, and Southampton’s result against Swansea on Tuesday evening served to illuminate that notion.
With the match finely poised at 0-0 with just under 20 minutes to play, Manolo Gabbiadini (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) was alive to a loose ball following a goal-mouth scramble and prodded home a priceless winner in-front of the travelling Saints faithful.
The goal was only Gabbiadini’s 2nd Premier League goal since October, but it was perhaps the most important of the club’s entire season, so the Southampton supporters certainly won’t care about his goal to game ratio right now.
Although his record has been poor this season, it must be considered that he boasted a brilliant goal-scoring return when he was made the club’s first-choice striker following his arrival in January 2017, but the competition from Charlie Austin, Shane Long and Guido Carrillo more recently have made him something of an afterthought in recent months.
However, considering Dwight Gayle has failed to convince the Newcastle supporters that he has the talent to spearhead the attack in the long-term, Benitez should consider making a move for Gabbiadini this summer.
The 26-year-old Italian international possesses a goal-scoring instinct which is impossible to teach and one which none of Newcastle’s strikers have demonstrated this season, whilst his inter-play in the final-third would also be a valuable weapon for the club.
With four strikers on his ranks, Mark Hughes will be eager to offload at least one this summer, so it’s likely that Southampton would sell Gabbiadini to Newcastle at a reasonable price and, if that proves to be the case, they should do everything they can to convince the Southampton hero to embark on a new challenge in the North-East next season.
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