The hunt for a striker continues at Newcastle United into the summer transfer window, as the uncertain future of loanee Salomon Rondon – as well as Rafa Benitez – forces the Magpies to look at other options. What fun.
Benitez’s side (for now) quite clearly need a strong striker to potentially replace the Venezuelan but a look at a man they’ve been linked with would suggest they’re going about it the wrong way.
According to reports (via Mirror) late last month as well as Football Insider earlier this week, Newcastle are keen on adding Danny Welbeck in the summer. The Arsenal striker’s deal runs out after this season, meaning he could join any club as a free agent. While getting a pacy, experienced striker like Welbeck for free would no doubt be a win for the Magpies, he doesn’t really fit the mould for an all-conquering forward they’re in need of.
Not only has the former Manchester United ace suffered with a pretty miserable injury record in recent seasons, but he’s also operated more of a winger than a striker. Welbeck isn’t really as clinical or deft enough to work down the middle for a side who need goals to stay up.
As the main man, he wouldn’t really work. And the Toon Army love a main man.
He’s no real improvement over Rondon nor Ayoze Perez, who have worked in tandem to save Newcastle’s season. The 28-year-old Englishman might not even get back to his best after his recent injury, which must’ve created a mental blockage in his game.
The Magpies don’t really need another winger, while Welbeck’s style as a focal point wouldn’t necessarily suit them either. While the option of signing him to bolster the squad seems logical, it doesn’t make sense to trust him as a starting striker due to the baggage he’d come with.
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