Newcastle United supporters have been pretty disappointed in the Transfer Tavern in the last few hours after seeing their team go down 1-0 at Tottenham on Wednesday night to suffer a fourth consecutive Premier League defeat.
Rafa Benitez’s men went into their clash with the Champions League-chasing Spurs off the back of a 2-1 loss at Watford on Saturday, their third straight defeat following reverses at the hands of Everton and West Brom. And the North East heavyweights were unable to get back to winning ways in the capital on Wednesday as a Harry Kane strike in the second half sealed all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, thus leaving Newcastle tenth in the division heading into the final game of the season.
As such, there have been many despondent Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are hoping their team can finish an ultimately successful campaign on a high with victory over Chelsea in their final match this weekend.
In the meantime though, there has been much for our resident Magpies supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking Everton midfielder Wayne Rooney with a move to the MLS this summer.
Yet Newcastle should try their hand with an audacious move for the £13.5 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), as not only would his arrival bolster their ranks, but it could also finally rid them of Ayoze Perez.
Yes, lots of Newcastle fans will point to the fact that the Spaniard is top of their goal-scoring charts this season with eight goals, and has thus played a part in keeping them in the division, but if the Magpies are serious about moving to the next level next term, the 24-year-old doesn’t appear to be the answer.
A number ten should be one of if not the most creative player in one’s side and able to use one’s vision and intricacies to open up opposition defences, yet Perez doesn’t appear to have that in his locker – add in a few too many missed opportunities this term, and he simply isn’t consistent enough to take Newcastle forward.
Whereas Rooney, even at the age of 32, could well be the answer in that hugely integral position just behind the striker.
It was while playing there earlier in the campaign in which the Everton ace bagged crucial goals for the Toffees in victories over Stoke City, West Ham, and of course Newcastle at St James’ Park back in December – there’s no coincidence that his frustrations have come since he was moved slightly further back by manager Sam Allardyce.
In terms of reading the game and an eye for a pass, Rooney still remains one of the best in the top-flight, while he has always scored goals – even this term, one many Everton fans haven’t rated particularly highly, he has bagged ten times in the Premier League.
And with the likes of Matt Ritchie and Kenedy, should the latter pen a permanent deal this summer, out wide and Jonjo Shelvey just behind, Rooney could be in his element in the advanced midfield role at Newcastle, and without doubt possesses the ability to help Benitez’s side move forward in the coming years.
Significantly though, luring England’s record goal-scorer to St James’ Park wouldn’t just improve their attacking ranks, it would also rid the Magpies of Perez who, although has performed solidly at times this term, simply isn’t the answer to their number ten woes.
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