With three days of the transfer window remaining, we asked Newcastle fans a simple question.
‘Which of these Newcastle striker options do you want by the end of the transfer window?‘
Rafa Benitez has made no secret of the fact that he wants to bring in another striker, despite the recent purchase of Joselu.
Whilst the Telegraph (Luke Edwards) reported on Tuesday morning that the United boss was continuing to work towards landing that new forward, though conditions continue to be challenging – presumably both inside and outside the club.
Edwards says that much depends on getting players out of Newcastle United, and whilst Siem de Jong has followed Emmanuel Riviere out of St James Park, presumably a striker (I’m not counting Riviere!) needs to leave.
The four options we gave supporters on Bank Holiday Monday all presumed having three strikers by the end of it.
The options being the status quo (Joselu, Gayle and Mitro), as well as another three that all involved Joselu and one or two new signings, at the expense of Gayle and/or Mitrovic leaving.
An excellent response saw 2,188 Newcastle fans respond and below are the percentage (It adds up to 101% due to rounding up figures) of supporters who voted for each option and in brackets, the actual number of fans.
45% (974) Joselu, Mitrovic and a new striker
23% (501) Joselu and two new strikers
22% (476) Joselu, Gayle and a new striker
11% (237) Joselu, Gayle and Mitrovic
I wasn’t at all surprised to see keeping what we have got being the least favoured option (11%), as clearly Newcastle need to bring in a better striker who is better than the current options, if at all possible.
However, I was pretty amazed at how much the voting went for Mitrovic over Gayle.
Yes Mitro has scored against Forest and West Ham already this season but it is only a couple of weeks since most of us were sweating on whether Dwight Gayle would be available for the Tottenham game.
The number nine did ok against Spurs considering Newcastle predictably played a very defensive formation that gave the striker little support. Then at Huddersfield it was a very similar story and on top of that he looked far from fully fit.
Dwight Gayle scored 23 times last season despite starting only 26 Championship matches and I think he is a very hot and cold player. When he is good he is very good and looks a real threat but when he is poor he contributes very little.
Looking back at the player ratings from fans last season, they show big highs and very low lows.
Mitrovic is the interesting one, are supporters just simply reacting to a couple of goals or do Newcastle fans generally still think he can do it in the Premier League.