Recently relegated team from the top flight English football league to the Championship, Newcastle United, are reported to be having a serious dilemma on who would be their reliable goal scorer as they plan on returning to the Premier League in the shortest possible time.
Since Benitez decided to remain with the club, he has been setting up the squad for the huge task ahead. But this has not been easy, especially with the new status of the club.
Fulham’s Ross McCormack is one name who’s been linked and is someone who should guarantee goals for Newcastle but there is an issue on easily snapping up the forward. The release clause for the player is £15m and the Magpies wouldn’t want to just commit such amount, considering he is 29 years already has no previous Premier League experience to offer reasonable confidence that he could produce the goods were they to come go back up.
Newcastle are reported to be targeting two key positions this summer, though the club hopes to bring new players. The goal scorer is the top priority. A reliable one that will fill shoot goals in the fight to return to the Premier League. The club played in the Championship in the 2009/2010 campaign where they scored 90 goals, 56 at home and 34 away in 26 games. Despite the 90 goal stunning record, Newcastle had 20 different goalscorers, including the three opposition players who scored own goals.
No single player hit the 20-goal mark though Four players scored double figures, with Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan joint top scorers with 17 each. Peter Lovenkrands and Shola Ameobi scored 13 and 10 goals respectively. The squad will require a very dependable goal poacher to pull the kind of dream they intend.
However, Newcastle have said they are under no pressure to sell internationals such as Daryl Janmaat, Gini Wijnaldum, Moussa Sissoko or Chancel Mbemba this summer. The club also added that Remy Cabella has been released, so he is no longer the club’s player.