Sunday brought media claims that Newcastle were looking to sign former Real Madrid striker Willian Jose in the summer.
The 25 year old Brazilian forward played for a number of clubs in his own country, including Pele’s former club Santos.
Then in January 2014 he was signed up by Real Madrid on a six month contract so they could have a look at him and after impressing in the reserve side, he made one first team appearance in La Liga as a substitute in a 2-0 defeat at Celta Vigo.
That then got him noticed in Spanish football and when Real Madrid didn’t offer Willian Jose a new contract, he was signed up by Real Zaragoza on a one year deal and scored 10 goals in the Spanish second tier.
Despite Zaragoza missing out on promotion in the play-offs, the Brazilian striker did go up to La Liga as he agreed a one year deal with newly promoted Las Palmas and scored another nine goals in 19 La Liga starts (plus 11 as a sub).
This then leading to a five year deal with current club Real Sociedad, Monday night saw Willian Jose score another two smartly taken goals (watch them below) in a 3-1 win over Sporting Gijon, taking him on to 13 goals for the season, 11 in the league.
Those 11 league goals have come in 22 starts (plus 1 as sub) this season have now mover the Spanish club into sixth in La Liga and suggests that Willian Jose is maybe capable of much more.
Maybe taking a little time to find his feet in European football, the striker has now scored 20 goals in 41 La Liga starts (plus 11 as a sub) over the course of these past two seasons, scoring them for two unfashionable clubs outside the usual elite handful in Spain.
Little doubt that Spain will be somewhere that Rafa Benitez will be targeting this summer when strengthening his squad and if Newcastle are in the Premier League, then at least one more goalscorer is essential.
Any credible signing is unlikely to be cheap but also carry a significant risk factor, whether it is an injury record, a younger relatively inexperienced striker, or an up and down career/goalscoring record.
However, so long as Rafa is backed to a decent degree by Mike Ashley, no reason to believe that the United boss can’t deliver when it comes to bringing in the right players, from home or abroad.
Goals below from Monday night’s Real Sociedad 3 Sporting Gijon 1 match, Willian Jose goals at 0.05 and 0.40 (click ‘Watch on YouTube below).