With the Magpies struggling for goals, Steve McClaren could do worse than rekindle the club’s reported interest in Arkadiusz Milik
The Europa League provided yet another glimpse of a striker who could be an ideal addition to the Newcastle United ranks this season, as the club continues to struggle in front of goal in the Premier League.
So far the Magpies have managed just 13 goals in 13 games in the English top flight this term, in a return that ranks as the fifth worst in the division and inferior to that of two teams currently in the bottom three.
And while Ayoze Perez has once again impressed and Aleksander Mitrovic remains a work in progress, the need for goalscoring reinforcements is apparent.
Step forward then Arkadiusz Milik, a player who was linked with a move to St James’ Park back in January of this year.
The Chronicle reported that Graham Carr was sent to scout the Poland international back in January, with a view to signing him over the summer.
Ultimately, however, no deal was forthcoming, with Milik making his loan move from Hamburg to Ajax a permanent one and impressing ever since.
The Amsterdam giants currently sit top of the table in Holland, three points clear of their nearest challengers and have Milik to thank for much of their recent success.
An excellent finisher from both close and long range, the Pole’s hold up play and passing has also garnered him plaudits, with Milik already racking up seven goals and five assists in the Eredivisie this term.
A goalscorer in Ajax’s 2-1 victory over Celtic – a game in which the 21-year-old also set up the Dutch side’s winner – Milik has now scored in three consecutive games in all competitions.
And with Newcastle in need of a consistent goalscorer, he could be the perfect fit.