Michael Owen says that Newcastle United need a striker and Rafa Benitez is trying to bring one in.
Now on the 31st and last day of the transfer window, it looks at long last as though he has at last persuaded Mike Ashley of this pressing need.
Islam Slimani is taking his medical on Wednesday afternoon ahead of a last-minute loan move, though tonight’s Burnley game will be too soon for him, as is likely the Palace game on Sunday as he has a minor thigh injury.
As Michael Owen points out, when you are without a win in the last seven Premier League home matches and haven’t scored in five of those, plus your top scorer has four goals after 24 league games have passed…you have to wonder why a forward wasn’t an urgent priority at the very start of January, or even better, last summer.
Kenedy is likely to make his debut in this Burnley match, surely one of Newcastle’s best chances of three points in the remainder of the season. The away side having not win any of their last seven league matches and set to have eight players ruled out through injury tonight.
Despite being eighth in the table, only two clubs have scored less than the feeble 19 in 24 games that Burnley have scored.
With nobody having scored less at home than Newcastle’s 10 goals in 12 games at St James Park, little wonder that instead of predicting either side to win, Michael Owen has gone with a betting tip of less than two goals being scored.
Owen says it is bound to be a ‘nervous St James Park’ and of course the best remedy for that is if Newcastle get at them from the start and get a goal or two to calm those nerves.
Newcastle fans have had some relatively good news in the transfer window today, compared to what went before certainly, if the team can add three points then it could prove a big big day in terms of helping the club to Premier League safety.
Michael Owen talking to BetVictor:
“Newcastle are without a win in their last seven home PL games and have failed to score in five of those fixtures.
“Joselu is the Magpies top league scorer with four and all of those goals have come at St James’s Park.
“Only Southampton (11) are on a longer winless streak than Burnley (7) in the league, although the Clarets were able to rest at the weekend having been knocked out of the FA Cup at the Etihad in the third round.
“Rafa Benitez is another manager looking to bring in a striker before the end of the transfer window and I cannot see many goals at what is sure to be a nervous St James Park.
“Tip is : Under 1.5 goals at 8/5.”
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