They love a winger on Tyneside. David Ginola, Hatem Ben Arfa, Laurent Robert and now Allan Saint-Maximin have enthralled supporters at St James’ Park in the Premier League era and, in Gakpo, the northern giants appear to have found a young forward who shares their eye for the unexpected.
With four goals and five assists in just seven Eredivisie starts this season for PSV, the statistics speak volumes about a 20-year-old who already appears to have added end product to his game.
Compare that to Miguel Almiron who, despite three goals in the space of a few weeks, remains maddeningly erratic in the final third.
A right-footer who loves to cut inside from the left, Gakpo has a fearsome shot and, coupled with his rapid pace and supreme technical ability, comparisons can be drawn with former PSV talisman Memphis Depay.
A price tag of £8.5 million, then, understandably has suitors queuing up with Newcastle joining French giants Lyon for a Netherlands U21 star of Togolese and Ghanaian descent.
Under Mike Ashley, Newcastle have prioritised exciting young talents on whom they can make a substantial profit and Gakpo, who already appears to have a more rounded skill-set than the frustrating Saint-Maximin and Almiron, certainly ticks plenty of boxes.
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