Jonathan Soriano was linked with a surprise move to Newcastle over the summer and showed the Magpies what they were missing in the Europa League.
Remember the name Jonathan Soriano – Ajax fans certainly do. They remember the time the 28-year-old Red Bull Salzburg striker fired in a goal against the Amsterdam giants from near to the half-way line.
Soriano was in inspired form that night, helping the Austrian club to a sensational 6-1 triumph over the Eredivisie champions that ranks as one of their finest nights in Europe to date.
The former Espanyol and Barcelona B attacker was a star in the competition that season, finishing top scorer in the Europa League with eight goals.
He continued where he left off against Celtic this week, scoring Salzburg’s second equaliser in a thrilling 2-2 draw in Austria that may have left Newcastle fans feeling a familiar sense of despair.
Rumoured to be a shock target for the Magpies over the summer, media reports suggested the club was weighing up a move for the Spaniard, who was thought to be available for as little as £5 million – less than the £6 million the club ultimately shelled out on Emmanuel Riviere.
He may have been plying his trade in the unfashionable Austrian Bundesliga, but Soriano was clearly something special, as his goal record for the club attests.
In 81 games for the Red Bull-backed side, the 28-year-old has racked up a stunning 77 goals, with many of these strikes coming in key European encounters like the one against Ajax, which was one of three attributed to the Spaniard over the two-leg tie.
He put in a fine shift once again against Celtic and while former teammate Saido Mane has departed to Southampton, Soriano has yet to earn a move to the Premier League, despite Newcastle’s interest. If he keeps this kind of scoring up, however, a January move to Tyneside could yet prove a possibility.
For now though, the current Salzburg club captain is focusing on helping his team go as far as they can in Europe, while Newcastle contend with the visit of Hull and a highly-charged encounter at St James’ Park.
Take a look at THAT goal against Ajax - could he have added something to the Newcastle attack?