If Only Newcastle Had Gone The Extra For These Two French Strikers
I had a spare half hour this morning and thought I would have a look to see how some of Newcastle United’s summer strike targets were getting on, namely Alexandre Lacazette and Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Right up until the last week of the transfer window, the Lacazette (pictured) transfer was still being talked about. The only ‘slight’ problem being the £15m price tag that Lyon had supposedly put on him.
While in Andre-Pierre Gignac’s case, he has been linked with Newcastle for the last couple of years, with Marseille claimed to be happy to sell if the right offer came along. However, Gignac turns 29 in December and cost Marseille £13m in 2010, so he wouldn’t be cheap either, certainly not by Mike Ashley standards.
Two strikers who are at different stages of their careers but both having a much better goalscoring pedigree than say Emmanuel Riviere, but not surprisingly going to cost more than the £5m that took the Monaco forward to St.James’ Park.
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Having checked the stats I think we are now seeing just how costly the over tight bargain hunting over the summer has been for Newcastle – seemingly saving money in the short-term by bringing in Riviere but potentially disastrous when the season has kicked in.
While there is no guarantee of transferring goalscoring form over the Channel, both Gignac and Lacazette were clearly far superior bets than Riviere.
Only twenty three, Alexandre Lacazette has followed up 22 goals for Lyon last season with seven in only nine league matches this season.
While Andre-Pierre Gignac has shot Marseille to the top of the table with nine in nine, this on top of thirty eight goals over the last two seasons.
While Newcastle have sever problems at the back, up front is the one place where there is no substitute for quality and you have to pay the price tag that goes with it.
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