Jeff Stelling claimed on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports that Newcastle should look to try and sign the ‘fantastic’ Burnley striker Chris Wood.
Newcastle already have Callum Wilson leading the line, and doing it well, in Black and White colours, but more quality in depth is needed.
A player like Wood would no doubt be better than what Newcastle already have in their forward areas – Joelinton – and he would elevate the squad.
And whilst Stelling thinks he would be a very good fit for Newcastle, Paul Merson also feels he is a player that leaves ‘everything on the pitch’, which would be welcomed at St James’ Park.
“Now, those of you who were watching a couple of weeks ago,” said Stelling. “You may have heard me mention that Chris Wood would be a great fit for Newcastle and it was dismissed by our panel (the likes of Paul Merson).
“Now, look whilst they aren’t here. Let me tell you that Chris Wood would be an absolutely fantastic fit for Newcastle. Absolutely fantastic.”
Stelling then asked Merson whether Wood could play for a ‘bigger club’ than Burnley and he issued this response:
“I think he could play for a club that plays to his strengths. And Burnley play to his strengths. The other day (against Wolves) was the best I had seen Chris Wood play. Not just the hat-trick. But everything – he is one player that leaves everything on the pitch.”
After a season full of drama and worry, it does seem as though Newcastle will be spending another season in England’s top-flight.
But it will be interesting to see how those in the St James’ Park boardroom react to how they have performed this campaign.
Newcastle fans will want both Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley to move on, but more than likely, both will probably still be at the club when the first ball of the 2021/22 campaign is kicked in August.