The Newcastle United summer transfer window hasn’t exactly fired into life yet.

The fans just grateful that the World Cup has come along to give us a bit of a distraction.

Things have got so bad that the newspapers are at times going a few days without even bothering to make up a transfer story about NUFC.

Fair to say that most of the focus has been on the identity of the striker who can come in and score the goals that were missing last season in the Premier League.

Loads of candidates already put forward, both currently playing in England and abroad.

To be honest, it is very much what we were hearing a year ago.

Just like now, all the talk was about a new quality centre-forward being Rafa Benitez’ main target by some distance.

Rafa held out as long as possible to get the required backing from Mike Ashley, only to give up in the end and bring in the ยฃ5m bargain Joselu from Stoke reserves.

He was more a squad replacement for veteran striker Daryl Murphy who had just left, rather than any kind of replacement who was going to score loads more goals than the likes of Gayle and Mitrovic were (potentially) capable of.

As the days and weeks have gone by this time, I am ever more convinced that Newcastle have little/no chance of getting in a striker who will be better than Gayle and/or Mitrovic.

Watching Mitro on Sunday for Serbia, I thought he looked very decent. Yes he missed one sitter and fluffed another decent chance but we already knew he wasn’t a top class finisher.

He did show against Costa Rica though that he could be a decent target man, strong and able to bring others into the game. Plus he will score a decent amount of goals in the Premier League, given the opportunity and the supply. Easy to forget that he did score nine goals in his first Premier League season, despite only starting 22 PL games.

Yes, we all believe that Rafa Benitez will move him on regardless but I am now thinking that I wouldn’t be too sure about that. Rafa is a pragmatist and could still give Mitro another chance, having seen him hit form at Fulham and show signs of promise already at the World Cup.

The reality is that even if Mike Ashley surprised (amazed) us by allowing a spend of up to ยฃ20m on a striker, who would/could Newcastle get?

That Jorgensen looks a right donkey for Denmark, whilst I see today we are linked with Jordan Ayew, a forward who has scored 17 league goals in three years in England, starting 86 games plus sub appearances. Compare that to Mitro who now has 26 league goals in England despite starting only 51 games (plus sub appearances).

Dwight Gayle as well, I thought he worked really hard for the team last season and whilst he should have scored a few more, it was a tough job playing by himself most of the time up front.

For my money, I think it is maybe time to shift the main focus on transfers.

Why not keep Mitro, Gayle and Perez, but look to improve the supply line instead, as the main priority.

Kenedy is surely a better quality winger than the level of what we are going to sign as a new striker, so make him the top priority as a new signing, or somebody else with equal promise.

Likewise, Newcastle need to bring in that new number 10 who can add pace and will go direct towards goal, Perez is a decent player but never a number 10.

Expecting Newcastle to have a 15+ goals striker is probably beyond what we will attract, far better to concentrate on finding better and quicker creative players who will also add goals.

Plus if Rafa can land the left winger and number 10, it may persuade him to play a more expansive style that can create more chances and bring more goals than we saw last season.

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  • Leicester Mag

    Arguably both Championship std especially Gayle. The way Rafa wants to play neither suitable.

    • TheNutJob

      i`m still trying to figure out how Rafa want`s them to play.

      • Ram Kishore

        Good question lol

      • Rich Lawson

        I think the other teams have sussed it now and will alter their play accordingly ? If we are not bringing in any one new then change the approach with what we have ?

        • TheNutJob

          It`s hard for any team to breach a 10 man defence

          • Rich Lawson

            True,but now they will be practising for it on the training ground before they play us,we need an alternative play up our sleeves and a faster/better use of subs ?

          • TheNutJob

            that`s fine Rich but what`ll they do aboot the bus
            ๐ŸšŒ
            ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

          • Rich Lawson

            If it’s Liverpool or Everton,steal the wheels.

          • TheNutJob

            ๐Ÿ˜‚.

      • Mxpx

        There’s no mystery he wants them to get their tackles in and defend. . I’m not sure he understands what a striker is

  • TheNutJob

    Rafael may have no option but to keep the 2 of them, he won`t sell Dwight for ยฃ10m that`s for sure & the Fat Gringo want`s ยฃ20m for Mitro.
    they ain`t queuing up to buy him, are they.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    I honestly think Gayle will come good next season and get twelve to fifteen goals
    and Perez double figures as well so why take the chance spending ยฃ25m on an unproven striker. With the experience they had last season they will only get better.
    Keep Mitro as a plan B striker to bring on when it’s not working out. Would rather the money was spent on an attacking midfielder and another winger plus full back.

    • Chuck D

      Perez in double figures?!!

      You forget that both Gayle and Perez had played in the PL before last season.

      We need to strengthen in other positions but we are in desperate need for a clinical striker.

      Too many games thrown away last season after missing big chances when on top.

      • Geordieguy

        Yeah and mitrovic aswell. None of them are good enough. We’re holding a competition to find the tallest dwarf here . Utterly pointless

    • Geordieguy

      Gotta hand it you monkers you’re the king of comedy . Yes gayle will score fifteen and perez will get double figures . Or Newcastle spend 25 million on a striker . And we all lived happily ever after

  • Paul Patterson

    Finally. The second the supply improved in the form of Kenedy we hit form last season. I’d still like a clinical striker, but if he isn’t available then get the flanks sorted. Maybe Kenedy and Townsend would really light up St James’.

    • TheNutJob

      Kenedy transformed the attack & why we just don`t go all out to sign him shows that Fatty has no intention of spending

    • Rich Lawson

      One or the other,but with no budget probably neither, just have to throw flares from the Gallowgate at the moment to do that !

  • MadMag83

    Let’s keep Colback as well, he might come back from his holiday as the next Beardsley….

    • Ram Kishore

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Rich Lawson

      What, as an ace gardener or someone with a ginger complex to bully the juniors ?

    • Peaky

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      That wonโ€™t be bettered today…

      • TheNutJob

        ๐Ÿฉ ๐Ÿฉ ๐Ÿฉ

        • Peaky

          Iโ€™ll pass that on to the Dobermans theyโ€™ll be delighted…..

      • Rich Lawson

        I think I did ?

    • Paul Patterson

      Bullying our U23’s, you mean?

  • TheNutJob

    Just have done with it and bring Big Andy home
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    • Oval85

      Actually, I wouldn’t mind ^^

      • TheNutJob

        put aside his injuries when i see him play for West Ham then i look at our strikers, he`s on a different planet

        • Oval85

          Imagine him and Mitro together… Shearer-Les.2.0

          • TheNutJob

            they`d cause havoc

          • Rich Lawson

            With proper service from the wings ?

          • TheNutJob

            watch Andy, he can take the ball from all directions,
            he`s a lot better on the deck than he gets credit for

          • Rich Lawson

            He is,but lets his social life get in the way,plus like Big Dunc’ the sheer size of his frame seems to make him prone to injuries.Cue Clarko/Bobbi to tell us what his full games played per season is ?

          • Peaky

            Couldnโ€™t agree more,too many outside influences and distractions.

          • Oval85

            Make that 0,5

          • Geordiegiants

            Fncking hell what a thought ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿคฏ

    • Paul Patterson

      But that’ll put a nice, honest and pleasant programme seller out of work . .

  • Leazes.

    Simon Van Der Velde…………’We need todays click bait Mark’

    Mark Jensen……….’I’ve got the perfect headline, you fill in the waffle’….Newcastle United wonโ€™t get better than Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle.

    Simon Van Der Velde…………’you basterd’

    Mark Jensen…..’Just write any old tosh they don’t read it anyway……or paste something from last year.

    Simon VDV…..’ I don’t know why you make me wear a dress when I write as Jane Clark…. I despair at times’

    • Rich Lawson

      Have you watched ”Dressed to Kill” ? Or indeed ”Psycho” when it comes to that ?

      • Leazes.

        Yes

        • Rich Lawson

          Clearly a deep debt to Stephen King. One of us needs to be,the Philip Marlowe character who investigates their office,did I not see Nut is only 5 min’s away ?

    • Callum

      ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Desree

      Simon van der Valdes? Is that the bloke out of Dollar?

  • wheyayeman

    Another hope destroying article from Jane Clarko

  • pedrodelgardo

    Leave it to Rafa, he moves in mysterious ways and I wouldn’t play him at chess for money. Play guessy guessy if you want. Sell Joselu buy Messi.

  • JohnnyNUFC

    I just can’t see anything changing as long as Ashley’s here, I think its got so irritating I’ve stopped caring, I use to love the club it gave me something to look forward too, so I’ve given up my ticket and I’m thinking of getting a Gateshead season ticket, just sick of the drama and disappointment.

    • nufcslf

      This has to become standard and leave the fat c**t with an empty ground. He would look like the tool he is world wide with so many televised matches. Too many sheep and will never happen unfortunately.

  • Geordiegiants

    Lets not kid ourselves, you couldnโ€™t really call any of our forwards number9s or Strikers.

  • Down Under Mag

    The only way Mitro is going to stay is if Rafa goes and I would suggest that if he goes so do a number of other big names and we will be a lot worse off player-wise AND tactically and having Mitro in the team will not make up for this. Truthfully, if it’s pure tactics or playstyle or temperament worries then so be it, if Rafa and Mitro had some kind of falling out then I am good with Rafa putting his foot down as well.

    I doubt either of Mitrovic or Gayle are really good enough for the Premiership as a first choice striker…

  • Consett Mag

    Didn’t we see during the world cup game one of the reasons why Rafa may not want Mitro? He did get the free kick that allowed one of his team mates to score, but I’m not convinced that he’s that great a striker.