The Toon Army were subjected to an eight-game losing streak along the way and the need for major investment in the squad this summer is apparent.
One rumoured target is Queens Park Rangers hotshot Charlie Austin. The 25-year-old had a dream campaign, managing to bag 18 Premier League goals in a poor QPR side and earning a call-up to the England squad for the recent friendly against the Republic of Ireland.
With QPR back in the Championship next season it seems highly unlikely Austin will remain at Loftus Road, with the player himself stating ‘I’m a Premier League footballer’, in an interview with the Daily Star.
Newcastle are believed to be among those battling for his signature and club legend Alan Shearer seems in favour of the move. Responding to a complimentary tweet from Austin on his goal-scoring prowess:
Why don't you come up here and try?! #9 https://t.co/xcQTYE1E83— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) June 8, 2015
Shearer remains an important figure on Tyneside and his public backing of Austin is a clear indication of his thoughts on any possible transfer. His views likely reflect those of the Geordie masses who are crying out for a consistent goalscorer.
While Ayoze Perez showed promise and could mature into a top performer, he isn't ready to carry the burden of Newcastle's goalscoring requirements and neither Papiss Cisse nor Emmanuel Riviere seem up to the task either.
QPR have reportedly slapped a £15 million price tag on Austin, as per the Mirror, and it’s unclear whether Newcastle will be willing to match it. Competition for his signature will be strong but if one Geordie legend had his way, Charlie Austin would be running out in the black and white of Newcastle come the 8th of August.