John Anderson on Newcastle United’s need for a goalscorer

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John Anderson reacts to Newcastle United’s home 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.

John Anderson has suggested to BBC Radio Newcastle that Newcastle United need to sign a striker in the January transfer window.

The former Newcastle defender made the comments following the Magpies’ 2-1 defeat to Southampton at St. James’ Park in the Premier League on Saturday.

It was John Carver’s side’s third defeat in a row in all competitions and left them without a win in the New Year.

Anderson highlighted Newcastle’s lack of creativity against the Saints and pointed out the need for someone who can score goals.

"It could have gone either way,” the 55-year-old told BBC Radio Newcastle. “For me there wasn't a great deal in it but Newcastle did not create enough.

“They don't seem to have somebody who wants to be in there to put the ball in the back of the net, somebody who wants to score goals.

“We've been saying all season that when the transfer window opens the club needs to sign somebody, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen."

Newcastle have indeed been lacking goals in recent games, and once again struggled to find the target against Southampton.

Of the 16 shots the Magpies took at St. James’ Park on Saturday, only three of them were on target - and one of them resulted in a goal.

In comparison to that, Ronald Koeman’s side had just five shots, of which three were on target and two resulted in goals.

The fact that Newcastle have scored 26 goals in 22 Premier League matches so far this season also backs Anderson’s argument that the club need to find a regular goalscorer.

However, the Magpies do have some good strikers who are perhaps not performing as well as they should have.

Senegal international Papiss Cisse has scored some important goals this season, while summer signing Ayoze Perez has found the target on occasions.

The likes of Sammy Ameobi and Adam Armstrong are talented individuals, but neither of them is a prolific goalscorer, not yet anyway.

It is quite easy to suggest that Newcastle should sign someone who scores goals regularly, but it will be very tough to find someone like that, especially in the January transfer.

Moreover, Newcastle do have the attraction or the financial muscle to recruit a world-class striker who will take the Premier League by storm.

Perhaps it is best if Carver sticks to Cisse and Perez, and tries to get the best out of them for now.

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