A matter of days after reports emerged linking Newcastle United with Vincent Aboubakar, the powerhouse striker delivered one of the worst displays of finishing you could possibly imagine.
Cameroon were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia in the Confederations Cup group stages this summer but, if their big-name centre-forward had his shooting boots on, Hugo Broos’ side could conceivably have rattled in three or four.
Therefore, Aboubakar hardly justified reports by Futbol Arena that Newcastle were hoping to sign a £9 million-rated striker they have tracked since his prolific season at Lorient in 2013/14.
Yet, it’s fair to say the 25-year-old has found goals easier to come by at club level in recent weeks. Aboubakar returned to parent club Porto this summer after a successful loan spell with Besiktas, scoring 12 goals in 16 starts to inspire the Istanbul giants to the Super Lig title.
Goal a game
And he has picked up where he left off in Turkey in style. Porto have won all five of their Primeira Liga fixtures so far and Aboubakar has been the star of the show with five goals to his name already, including a clinical hat-trick against Moreirense.
It’s fair to say Cameroon fans will be wondering why Aboubakar, also linked with Swansea City and Wolves during the transfer window (Wales Online), was not in this kind of form when his country needed him earlier in the summer.
And his superb start to the 2017/18 season will only exacerbate the frustration lingering around St James’ Park following Newcastle’s failure to land the vast majority of their top transfer targets this summer.
They may have won two games in a row but the jury is very much still out on whether Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic can lead Newcastle to survival.