Newcastle have struggled this season and much of that is due to the lack of investment from owner Mike Ashley, leaving Rafa Benitez with another tricky season ahead of him.
After astonishingly reaching the top 10 last season, all of Rafa Benitez’s hard work to get there hasn’t been supported by the Newcastle owner yet again, despite making promises for more money to be available.
They haven’t enjoyed a good start to the season and with their defence not seeming to be as strong as last season, nor their attackers seem to have found their goal-scoring touch, which leads many to believe their about to endure a tricky season.
A player that could have made things so different at St James’ Park is Alassane Plea, a player valued at £20.7 million on Transfermarkt and a striker that was linked with Newcastle over the summer.
Instead though the Frenchman opted for Germany and since, Plea has got straight off the mark with Borussia Monchengladbach and Newcastle’s decision not to sign him seems to be getting worse by the game. On debut in the DFB-Pokal, he bagged a hat-trick and he has even got the ball rolling in the Bundesliga, providing one goal thus far.
The 25-year-old is an exciting forward that has good pace, physicality and the knowledge of where the goal is, hence why he bagged 21 goals for Nice last season.
He is an all-round top forward that Newcastle would have been extremely grateful to have in their starting line-up. Now though, they have to be content with Rondon, Muto and Joselu as their goal drought continues after last season.
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