The Belgian media reported on Friday that Newcastle United were one of the clubs to be represented at the Charleroi match last night.

Hassane Bande is making headlines in Belgium and was playing for visitors Mechelen, with Newcastle said to be interested in the striker ahead of the January window.

Only 18 when the season kicked off, before last night’s match Bande was joint top scorer in the league with eight goals, despite only starting seven games (plus three as a sub).

However, Newcastle United and the other clubs represented last night were left disappointed.

Hassane Bande had made his international debut for Burkina Faso on Tuesday night, starting in the 4-0 win over Cape Verde.

With travel time and their match featuring on the Friday, Mechelen’s management felt their young star striker wasn’t in a position to start the match, so left him on the bench.

Second top Charleroi took a first half lead against the relegation strugglers (Mechelen could go bottom this weekend as third bottom and only one point above the very lowest club) and Hassane Bande was brought on at half-time to try and rescue something.

However, Charleroi dominated so Hassane Bande saw little of the ball and matters got worse as Mechelen had a player sent off with 20 minutes to go, so the final stages were a non-event for the young forward and his teammates, Charleroi eventually winning 2-0 with a late second goal.

With the price of strikers these days, Newcastle will be desperately looking to find the next big thing and whether it is Hassane Bande or whoever, let’s hope the backing is there for Rafa Benitez in January and the other transfer windows to come.

We still wait to see whether the club will be sold, so much resting on it.

The Mag – 17 November 2017:

The latest name linked with Newcastle United is Hassane Bande.

Only six weeks to go until the January transfer window opens and potential signings can happen.

The Belgian media report that Newcastle will have people at tonight’s Charleroi v Mechelen game, second top playing third bottom.

In the ranks of the visitors though, is a teenage striker who is getting a lot of attention.

Hassane Bande only turned 19 at the end of October but is already joint top scorer in the Belgian League with eight goals from seven starts, plus three off the bench.

The teenager is playing for relegation strugglers Mechelen as well, making his figures even more impressive, scoring eight of their 17 goals in the first 14 matches.

His promise hasn’t gone unnoticed elsewhere either and a host of clubs, as well as Newcastle, will be represented tonight.

In all competitions he has scored nine goals so far this season at a rate of one every 81 minutes and despite his tender age, made his international debut on Tuesday in a 4-0 win for Burkina Faso in a World Cup qualifier v Cape Verde,

Spotting the next rising quality goalscorer is a tricky one but here’s hoping Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United can start and get ahead of the pack.