Despite the recent takeover talks, Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez look to the January window to strengthen their forward line. Scoring just nine goals in eight games, Newcastle’s main outlets this season have been summer addition Joselu and centre-back Jamaal Lascelles, both netting twice this season.
Therefore, landing a striker who can score the goals that Newcastle require to be successful this season is a must for Rafa Benitez. Recent reports suggest out-of-favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is top of the shortlist at St James Park and the promise of first-team football should be a big enough lure to get Batshuayi to the North East.
Despite scoring the goal that sealed Chelsea’s Premier League title last season, Batshuayi has played limited football this season and appears to be out of favour with Antonio Conte. With the World Cup coming next summer, Batshuayi will be keen to play regular football and so any move, permanent or on loan, will benefit Batshuayi and his hopes of making the much-fancied Belgium squad this summer.
It is likely Batshuayi’s wages may be a stumbling block in any potential permanent deal but a loan may be beneficial for all parties involved. Newcastle have become the front-runners for Batshuayi with Rafa Benitez clearly preferring Premier League experience for his front-line and with Aleksandar Mitrovic seemingly out of favour, Newcastle’s strike-force could do with bolstering this winter.
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