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Benitez system should put big name target off potential Newcastle United transfer

Both the Saints and the Newcastle supporters are frustrated by their sides inability to find the back of the net so far this season. 

Newcastle and Southampton have endured relatively average starts to the season as they both sit in mid-table after 11 league matches. Both clubs have plenty in common with regards to the story of their season so far. Whilst they have been defensively solid for the most part, they have struggled to demonstrate a clinical attacking edge to their game which is so crucial to success in the Premier League. Their combined record speaks for itself – collectively they have managed just 19 goals from 22 games this season.

With the two outfits in such miserable goal-scoring form, rumours linking attacking talent to the club are beginning to circulate. The Mirror believe that the aforementioned clubs are in competition to land Fernando Torres on a 6-month loan in January for the Spaniards final Premier League bow.

A loan move for Torres at this stage in his career would undoubtedly be a gamble for either side, but it would be a risk worth taking given the lack of financial commitment that would be required to secure his services.

Although a move to Newcastle would see Torres reunited with Rafa Benitez – who enabled Torres to thrive in the Premier League during the most successful spell of his career – he should ignore any potential feelings of nostalgia and opt for a transfer to the south-coast.

Torres is a striker best suited to playing in a front-two, which is a system Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has regularly utilised so far this season, whereas Benitez has preferred to play with a lone-striker more often than not.

Morevoer, Torres would stand a much greater chance of making a successful return to the Premier League, considering the superior attacking ability of the players within Southampton’s ranks in comparison to those at Newcastle.

If Torres wishes to have one final crack at the Premier League, he should put sentiment to one side and join Southampton in January.

Southampton and Newcastle fans – what are your thoughts? Let us know!

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