Defeat against Brighton at the weekend leaves Newcastle rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
The Magpies are yet to win a game all season with Beram Kayal’s deflected goal in the 29th minute condemning them to their fifth home defeat in a row. Rafael Benitez admitted that turning their fortunes around will be the biggest challenge of his career but remains confident in his ability to save the club from the drop. Time is definitely running out for the Spaniard who still has the backing of the fans.
One area he desperately needs to improve in January is in attack. Newcastle managed 27 shots against Brighton, just six were on target. Summer addition, Salomon Rondon, is yet to score for the club since joining on loan from West Brom. A striker should be top of Benitez’s priority list when the transfer market opens for business.
One man he could target is Kasimpasa forward – Mbaye Diagne. Valued at £2.25m by Transfermarkt, the former Juventus striker has finally found his feet in the Turkish Super Lig following various loan spells around the globe. Diagne made an instant impact at the club, scoring 12 goals in his first 17 appearances.
His excellent form in front of goal has continued into the new campaign with Diagne hitting ten goals in his opening nine appearances as well as notching two assists in the process. A strong, powerful forward – the Senegal international would have no trouble adapting to the physicality of the Premier League and could easily slot into Benitez’s favoured 4-2-3-1 system at St. James Park.
With superb finishing and a potent aerial threat, Diagne could prove to be Newcastle’s saving grace in the New Year.
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