Fans of Newcastle United have been in a good mood lately, following the 3-0 home win over Southampton on Saturday – a result which saw their chances of staying up increase.
The promoted side proceeded into their match with the lowly South Coast side coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Liverpool, which consequently saw the Magpies fall to within two points of the drop zone, but since have risen up to 13th to temporarily (at least) put daylight between themselves, and relegation.
Fans of Rafa Benitez’s side are excused for being aggrieved at the fact they aren’t due to play again until the end of March given there are FA Cup matches, and internationals to play.
While they wait for their team to resume play, there has been plenty for the Geordies to get stuck into, with reports suggesting Newcastle United may consider making their Chelsea loanee signing, Kenedy, a permanent transfer following his good form up north.
The 22-year-old would be a great addition for Benitez’s side ahead of next season (should they stay up this season), and whilst there’s no doubting that, his teammate Michy Batshuayi (on loan at Borussia Dortmund) would be a much better signing.
Newcastle United have ultimately been hit with the lack of striking options, with Joselu not proving why he can lead his side to safety, and despite Dwight Gayle hitting the net in recent times, questions are asked about whether he’s capable of leading the line.
A gaping hole has been left in the striking department at St James’ Park following the shock loan of Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, and on-loan Leicester City forward Islam Slimani yet to start due to injury.
Batshuayi could fill the gap, despite not hitting the heights at Chelsea, but has since been showcasing his talent on-loan at Borussia Dortmund.
The Belgian signed a loan deal with the Bundesliga club back in January and is impressing in just nine appearances with seven goals, and one assist, continuing his fine form with two goals in a 3-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Of course, some Newcastle fans will have reservations, given the fact Batshuayi has struggled in England, but it’s not like he hasn’t scored 19 goals in 53 appearances for the 5-time Premier League champions.
A lack of confidence was apparent with the Belgian but he has since recaptured his form at the Westfalenstadion, and there’s a possibility he could be the man to lead the line at Newcastle United, and there’s very little reason as to why he can’t improve with Rafa Benitez at the helm.
Should the North East side survive in the top division this season, bolstering their options upfront has to be made a priority in order to push on.
A permanent signing of Kenedy would be a great deal, but the immense need of a striker would mean Michy Batshuayi – rated at £22.5m (as per Transfermarkt) would be a colossal, and superior signing this summer.