The Nicolai Jorgensen transfer saga rumbles on.
Rafa Benitez desperate to add more goals to his team with now only four days until the transfer window closes.
Mike Ashley’s people having leaked to the media that he was prepared to back his manager with a £20m striker, only to then offer a derisory £12m for the Danish international.
Reports from Holland now say that the Newcastle bid has crept up to £15m but Feyenoord are holding on for their £20m asking price.
A big clue set to be revealed tomorrow afternoon, when we will find out whether Nicolai Jorgensen has been included in the Feyenoord team to play ADO Den Haag. The expectation being that if he does play then the Dutch club see very little chance of a deal being done, otherwise they wouldn’t risk potential injury ruining a transfer.
When Newcastle were first linked with the 27 year old, I checked out his stats. It encouraged me as he has a pretty decent scoring record and overall profile but not one that would surely mean Newcastle had no chance of landing him.
In other words, for once we are pitching for a transfer under Mike Ashley that is the level we should be going for, now all we need is for the NUFC owner to allow the club to meet Jorgensen’s price tag.
In recent days though I have seen some stats being circulated that would have meant Newcastle had no chance, claiming he had a strike rate of a goal every 80 minutes at Feyenoord. The problem of course is that these days, things such as these stats are then blindly repeated and circulated by others without checking the facts.
So what has Nicolai Jorgensen really done to now make him a £20m striker, as compared to the one signed for less than £3m back in summer 2016?
Here is his Feyenoord record (All stats courtesy of Soccerway):
Played 46 (Starts 45 and 1 as sub) 28 goals in 3,755 minutes
Domestic cup games:
Played 5 (Starts 4 and 1 as sub) 2 goals in 342 minutes
Champions League games:
Played 4 (Starts 3 and 1 as sub) 2 goals in 258 minutes
Europa League games:
Played 6 (Starts 6) 2 goals in 470 minutes
Complete Feyenoord record:
Played 61 (Starts 58 and 3 as sub) 34 goals in 4,825 minutes
An overall goalscoring record of a goal every 142 minutes, a very decent record albeit in a weaker league than the Premier League, but not a goal every 80 minutes!
Not a perfect comparison but to give some kind of context to the Nicolai Jorgensen stats, this season Dwight Gayle has scored three goals (in all competitions) in 1,149 minutes (a goal every 383 minutes), whilst Joselu has four goals in 1,487 minutes (a goal every 372 minutes).