The Newcastle United fans have been rather underwhelmed by the quality of their attacking players this season, and they are hoping that Rafa Benitez will be given the funds needed to bolster his options in the summer.
Throughout the January transfer window there were plenty of rumours circling which linked Newcastle with various strikers from across Europe. The majority of the rumours claimed that they were set to break their transfer record for a striker, but in the end they completed a short-term loan deal for Islam Slimani. The Algerian who arrived on loan from Leicester is yet to make an appearance for the club due to injury but Dwight Gayle stepped up to the plate in his absence by scoring a brace against Bournemouth last weekend.
Gayle’s strikes took his tally in the league this season to 5 goals from 25 appearances and made him the clubs top goalscorer – a rather concerning fact for the resident Magpies to take on board. With that being said, Newcastle must prioritise signing a striker next season to increase their potency in the final-third.
Although it would undoubtedly represent a bizarre piece of business, Benitez should seriously consider re-signing Facundo Ferreyra (valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt) when his contract at Shakhtar Donetsk expires in the summer. Ferreyra completed a hugely uninspiring loan spell at St James’ Park between August 2014 and June 2015, as he failed to make a single first-team appearance throughout the entire season.
However, the Argentine striker has matured and developed since leaving the club, and his form for the Ukraine giants strongly suggests he deserves another chance in English football. So far this season, Ferreyra has scored 25 goals and provided 4 assists from 31 appearances in all-competitions, including goals in the Champions League against Serie A giants Roma and Napoli.
His record speaks for itself, as clearly the 26-year-old has developed into a prolific striker since departing Newcastle in 2015. Making the transition from Ukrainian football to English football will certainly not be without its complications, but if he is mentally prepared to try his luck in the Premier League for the second time in his career, then Newcastle should do everything they can to secure a bargain free transfer.