Newcastle United supporters were in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern over the weekend after seeing the Magpies edge past Crystal Palace 1-0 at St James’ Park, a result which propelled them up to seventh place in the Premier League table.
Rafa Benitez’s side went into their clash with the Eagles having won three of their opening eight league games, although two draws against Liverpool and Southampton saw them comfortably inside the top half of the division. And they consolidated their position in the top ten as a Mikel Merino header from a Matt Ritchie cross four minutes from time sailed past Julian Speroni in the Palace goal, thus securing a fourth victory of the campaign for the Magpies, and at the same time leaving Roy Hodgson’s Eagles firmly rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Unsurprisingly, several of our resident Newcastle supporters were toasting their side’s win over the weekend, a result which sent their club up to seventh place in the table and to within two points of the top four.
However, despite their impressive start to the campaign, much speculation has arisen in recent times about potential January signings, and one man linked with a move to St James’ Park, and indeed to Selhurst Park, is Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.
The 26-year-old made the move to the Turkish giants back in 2014 and has since gone from strength to strength with 57 goals in 130 games for the club, in turn helping them win back-to-back domestic league titles.
And with seven goals in 12 games already this term, three of which coming in the Champions League, the Turkey international is not letting up, and as such both Newcastle and Palace are reportedly lining up a January move for the forward, what with the latter failing to secure a deal during the summer.
But Newcastle should be Tosun’s new destination, as the signs are that the Magpies are building something under Benitez, and could be set for a long stint in the top-flight.
Ultimately, just looking at the table now, Newcastle is a more attractive proposition than Palace, what with the Magpies seventh in the table and the Eagles 20th, with 14 points and four wins to three points and just one win.
Thus, although it’s still early and much can happen, Benitez’s side are certainly looking like preserving their Premier League status beyond the summer, while Hodgson’s Palace face a huge battle to remain a top-flight club. That already gives Newcastle a massive advantage.
Add in a possible takeover of the North East giants in the coming weeks and months, what with reports suggesting that several parties are interested in the club, and Newcastle could be heading for a hugely prosperous few years.
With Benitez at the helm and several talented individuals such as Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey, and Mikel Merino already at the club, a new takeover could well move the Magpies to the next level, a level which could see them battling for European football on a regular basis.
And someone like Tosun, who has bagged three goals in three Champions League matches this term, will likely need some persuading to let go of those European nights, but Newcastle could lure him to St James’ Park with future promises of their own campaigns in Europe.
Also, not only are Newcastle in a more advantageous position, but from a playing point of view Tosun would almost certainly become the number one striker at the North East giants, but you cannot say the same at Palace.
Christian Benteke scored an impressive 15 goals in 36 Premier League games for the Eagles last term to help them stay up, and based on what is likely to come under Hodgson, he is expected to play a significant part in their style and ultimately their chances this time round.
Whereas at Newcastle, the likes of Joselu, Dwight Gayle, and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all good strikers, but none of them are as prolific and talented as Tosun is at an elite level, and as such the Turkish star would command regular first team football at St James’ Park.
Thus, for both his present opportunities and future chances, the £9.45 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt) must consider Newcastle over Palace in January.
Newcastle and Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!