Newcastle moving for Benik Afobe could save their season

Newcastle have been linked with Wolves star Benik Afobe.

The Mirror reported yesterday that Newcastle are keen on moving for Benik Afobe of Wolves in January, as Steve McClaren targets a striker to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.

Afobe, 22, has established himself as one of the best strikers in English football since leaving Arsenal to join Wolves in the Championship, scoring 13 goals in 21 games last season.

The youngster has started this season in similar goalscoring form, netting five times in 10 league appearances, and garnering interest from the Premier League, with teams in need of a looking at a player who is homegrown, and who is bound to be an English international in the future.

Newcastle are attempting to get to the front of the queue for Afobe, and signing him in January could be the move that saves the Magpies’ season, and ensures their future as a Premier League side.

Goalscoring has been one of many issues which Steve McClaren has been faced with this term, having scored just six times in eight Premier League games.

There is a lack of confidence and energy in the offensive ranks of the team, and Afobe is the kind of player who would be able to galvanise the Magpies’ set-up with his style of attacking play.

He possesses pace and a keen eye for goal, and would be the perfect partner for Aleksander Mitrovic, who has shown himself to be a strong option for a target man.

Mitrovic could be the attacking battering ram who uses his physicality to lead the line, with Afobe - who has shown an ability to play as a number 10 as well as a forward - dropping just off him as the main goalscorer.

His versatility means that McClaren will not have to change from his 4-2-3-1 tactical set-up either, ensuring that continuity is followed throughout the entire season.

The one issue faced with potentially moving for Afobe would be the price placed on his head, considering he only signed for Wolves in January, and has proven himself in the Championship.

He has a long contract, and consistent goalscorers are hard to come by, meaning Wolves can place a large price tag on Afobe’s head - placing them in control of Newcastle’s Premier League survival.

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