Newcastle fans are all desperate to bring in Salomon Rondon this summer, it’s obvious. The chances are, though, with a lot of other clubs interested in bringing the Venezuelan in, the Geordies could well be missing out. That doesn’t mean a striker won’t come in, it just means the Magpies will look elsewhere, and Wesley Moraes could be perfect.
The Geordies who are reading this probably won’t be aware of who Moraes is, and if you’re not, you’ll enjoy having a look at the numbers he’s been putting up recently, even if he is doing it in the lesser-known Belgian Pro League. Moraes has managed to bag himself both ten goals and nine assists and with a Transfermarkt valuation of £16.2 million, he would be an ideal man to fill Rondon’s shoes.
Whilst his combined 19 goals and assists may not sound incredible, Moraes is the sort of player who would take the Northeast by storm. The front-man is just 22-years-old, making him seven-years senior to Rondon, and if he can be snapped up for a similar price to the Venezuelan West Brom man then it would be a no brainer from Rafa Benitez and Mike Ashley to do so.
Whilst looking at his numbers, age and similarities to the man they all want to badly in Rondon, all of this is useless without substance. That is exactly where The Chronicle have swooped in with a story. Moraes, who has aptly been described as a ‘6ft 3in Brazilian striker’ who has been in ‘fantastic form’ by the Newcastle paper and it has only added another edge to the Magpies’ striker hunt.
Rafa Benitez may not be the man in charge at St James Park come the start of the 2019/20 season, but that doesn’t mean that Wesley Moraes won’t be coming in. The recruitment team at St James Park may do their best to make themselves look incompetent at times, but with Moraes, they’re certainly barking up the right tree, and the 22-year-old would be a worthy #9 at the club.
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