After a decent start to the season, Newcastle United seem to be in a mini-crisis. Steve Bruce’s style of football hasn’t impressed Magpies supporters one bit, and their performances against Leeds, Fulham and most recently at Brentford have angered the fans.
Newcastle are 12th in the table at the moment which isn’t a bad place to be in. However, there is a lot of room for improvement, and their attack is arguably the biggest area Bruce should look to strengthen in the summer.
Callum Wilson has been a brilliant addition. He has scored eight goals already this term, but Newcastle lack goals from players around him. Joelinton and Andy Carroll can’t be relied upon, while rumours over the futures of Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron just won’t go away.
Newcastle should look to bring in another attacker next month and they have been linked with plenty of players. Here are three of them.
The Sunday Mirror (20/12/2020, page 71) claimed that the Magpies are interested in signing the Leicester City winger. Gray was once tipped to be a star in the Premier League, but his career hasn’t quite gone that way.
The 24-year-old hasn’t played a single minute in the Premier League this term. It is clear that he isn’t in Brendan Rodgers’ plans anymore, and with just six months left on his current contract, he should be available for a very small fee in January.
The Daily Mail claimed recently that Newcastle were planning to rival Arsenal to sign the Stade Reims striker. The Senegal international has had a stunning start the season, scoring nine goals in 14 league appearances.
90min claimed recently that Dia’s quality and performances have caught Sadio Mane’s eye and the Liverpool star has been really impressed.
French clubs are in a pickle due to the financial impact of the pandemic and the problems with their TV deal. That should make the striker an affordable option for Newcastle and other interested clubs next month.
The Scottish Sun reported this month that Newcastle United are interested in signing Aberdeen striker Sam Cosgrove in January. The Englishman was a star last season in Scotland where he scored 23 goals in all competitions.
The 6ft 2in centre-forward is fantastic in the air. His aerial prowess is so good that one of his goals last season reminded his manager of former Magpies star Duncan Ferguson. (Read here)
If Cosgrove is anywhere near as good as the Everton legend once was, he will go on to become a fine player, and Newcastle should consider him to replace Carroll next month.