Do The Magpies need another winger? One pushing 30?
You certainly can’t accuse Newcastle United of failing to prepare, preparing to fail this season.
Since Rafa Benitez took a front seat role in recruitment, there have been noticeably fewer lightweight French flops and a great deal more proven quality. Matt Ritchie rather than Remy Cabella, Dwight Gayle over Emanuele Riviere, the fact that The Magpies are odds on for a Premier League return is no coincidence.
Therefore, Robert Snodgrass appears to fit the mould of the modern day Newcastle signing. No longer are they looking at potential re-sale value and a quick profit, they want tangible progress and, thus, the addition of a 29-year-old, bang in-form winger with experience in both the Championship and the Premier League appears a no-brainer on paper.
If Hull City are bottom of the top flight with Snodgrass scoring and scheming from midfield, where would they be without him?
The Express claim Newcastle are ready to offer £5 million for his services, with the Scotland international reluctant to remain at a club whose long and short-term future are increasingly uncertain due to ongoing concerns about ownership.
Yet, for all that are placing their unconditional trust in Benitez’s intuition, there are still a few dissenting voices who feel that the addition of a right winger pushing 30, one very similar in style to the position’s current incumbent Ritchie, makes very little sense.
I'd take snodgrass in a heartbeat! Could be used in both championship and premier league #NUFC— Adam Lockey (@AdamLockey) December 22, 2016
Would like a bit of Robert Snodgrass. Good set piece taker and has experience at both Championship & PL— Jack (@JackNUFC_99) December 22, 2016
Snodgrass and Loftus Cheek in January? Aye gan on then #nufc— Michael Middleton (@MichaelMidd90) December 22, 2016
@Chrisgibbon1989 couldn’t disagree more - Snodgrass has been Hull’s best player by far. 7 goals & 2 assists. 5 & 7 last year— NUFC Index (@NUFC_Index) December 22, 2016
Don't want Snodgrass at all. Tends to get injured a lot and is no better than Ritchie. He's 29 as well. No thanks #NUFC— Hello, I am Nicky (@ORANGEYPURPLE) December 22, 2016