The Magpies must sign a prolific goal scorer in the transfer market if they mean business next year.
The Magpies’ two most dangerous forwards, Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson, can hurt any team in the Premier League. The former, on the other hand, is gradually recovering from his injuries, but the latter is a constant fixture on the treatment table.
Despite his like for Wilson and strong regard for him, it is evident that Newcastle will not be able to rely on him in the next years due to his poor injury record.
Arrival in January Chris Wood has had a difficult time gaining confidence this season. His £25 million fee raised eyebrows, and while the Kiwi may be praised for his work ethic off the ball, he lacks the goal threat that forwards are eventually judged on.
Newcastle need a merciless goal-getter if they are to be regarded seriously next season, and only four goals in 27 Premier League games is simply not good enough.
Dwight Gayle is one of St James’ Park’s many forgotten men. The 32-year-old was instrumental in Newcastle’s promotion from the Championship, but that was much than a decade ago. In the summer, getting players like him off the payroll should be a priority, as should rewarding him for his six years of service.
Newcastle needs a top-flight striker who can be counted on to produce the goals that will help the club climb the Premier League table. A striker who has a proven track record, can keep fit and stays true to the tradition of what it represents to play up front at St James’ Park in a black-and-white shirt.
The man Newcastle need is Patrik Schick. The 26-year-old is one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers and has bagged a staggering 20 goals in 20 Bundesliga games for Bayer Leverkusen this season. He has picked up where he left off at the Euros last summer – where he netted the most goals and scored the goal of the tournament from the halfway line against Scotland.
Schick, a 6ft 3in left-footed striker with technical ability, is tailor-made for the Premier League, and his profile is exactly what the Magpies are missing. Fans of Wyn Davies, Les Ferdinand, and a young Andy Carroll will adore the Czech international, but he is so much more than his aerial skills.
His movement has drawn comparisons to Arsenal veteran Dennis Bergkamp, but he also has the ruthlessness to be a true goal threat. Schick is valued at £36 million by transfermarkt.com, up £12 million from Newcastle’s valuation 18 months ago.
Leverkusen will be enticed to sell their star scorer with a £50 million bid. According to reports, the Magpies are interested in signing star winger Moussa Diaby, and duplicating the successful tandem on Tyneside would make Eddie Howe’s team European contenders next season.
Supporters will undoubtedly be fantasizing about their own ideal summer signings as the most exciting transfer window in a generation approaches. Making Schick a Newcastle player and breaking the bank would be a signal of intent from the new Saudi-backed leadership.