Few players fit the bill for both Rafael Benitez and Mike Ashley at Newcastle United quite like the young attacker.
It was hardly a guarded secret that Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez wanted to add more goals, more creativity and, crucially, another left winger to his team in January. And owner Mike Ashley’s desire to prioritise potential profit via bringing in young, improving talents is well established.
Therefore, reports in the Birmingham Mail that North East neighbours Sunderland are sending scouts to watch Gent’s Europa League clash against Tottenham, where 21-year-old left-winger Moses Simon will aim to strut his stuff, should tempt them into action.
The Express reported in 2015 that both Liverpool and Tottenham were closely tracking a player ambitiously labelled ‘the Nigerian Ronaldo’, with a £15 million bid supposedly on the horizon for the then-teenage attacker.
The trail has grown a little cold since, however, as Simon struggled to live up to the early expectations. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing; on the flipside, there is a chance reported suitors could snatch him on a much cheaper deal.
And, according to the Birmingham Mail, Sunderland are among the clubs sending scouts to watch Gent in action on Thursday.
The Black Cats’ dismal season has not been helped by an over-reliance on Jermain Defoe and a hair-yanking lack of creativity but Moses, a player equally comfortable on the wing or through the middle, would add much needed pace and incision up front.
However, it is difficult to shake the feeling that Benitez and Ashley could both benefit from the 21-year-old arriving on Tyneside.
On one side, he could prove an upgrade on Yoan Gouffran and Christian Atsu. On the other, he could earn the club a tidy profit somewhere down the line.