The question we asked yesterday was: ‘Will Newcastle buy a striker who will score more goals next season than Aleksandar Mitrovic for Fulham?’

The Serbian international at last completed his transfer to Craven Cottage on Monday for a reported £22m, which it is claimed could rise to £27m if hitting certain targets.

This wasn’t a debate about whether or not Mitrovic should or shouldn’t have been sold, or whether he could/would have scored goals if he had stayed at St James Park.

Instead, it was whether fans are confident Newcastle United / Rafa Benitez will be able to bring in a striker in these next eight days, who is capable of scoring more goals than Mitro will do for Fulham this coming season?

Last season, Newcastle’s top Premier League scorer was Ayoze Perez with eight, then Dwight Gayle on six.

So will Yoshinori Muto be able to outscore Aleksandar Mitrovic, once his work permit clears?

Alternatively, will Salomon Rondon (or whoever else comes in – if anybody…) be able to outdo Mitrovic in the goals department in 2018/19?

So how confident are Newcastle supporters that the amount of money available and/or Rafa’s expertise, will give Newcastle a good enough goalscorer for the season ahead?

The votes are now counted up and the answer is that the fans are…not confident at all.

The result i: 80% of Newcastle fans voting don’t think Newcastle will have a striker capable of scoring more goals than Mitrovic will for Fulham, with only 20% believing that NUFC/Rafa will be able to recruit somebody by 5pm next Thursday who will be able to outscore the Serbian.

Fair to say, it is pretty hard for anybody to accuse the Newcastle United fanbase of being delusional these days…

Sometimes you can find bargains but when it comes to strikers, it is very rare.

Every club is looking for players who do the hardest job, scoring goals, and it is the one position where it is very easy to measure their success, in that area that is by far their most important job.

In other words, the more goals a striker has scored in the past, the more you end up paying for them, and/or the potential they have to score them in the future.

Last summer Newcastle bought a striker (Joselu) who had never scored double figures in a league season, he turns 29 this coming season so not like he was a young striker who would suddenly improve, he ended up scoring four goals.

Only the truly delusional would have expected many more, considering in his previous two seasons he had managed five in La Liga for Deportivo and four for Stoke in the Premier League.

If Salomon Rondon does sign, you can’t really overlook the fact that in three Premier League seasons he has scored nine, eight, and seven goals.

Whilst Yoshimori Muto has managed seven, five, and eight goals in these past three Bundesliga seasons.

The bottom line is that the more money you spend, the more goals you generally stand a chance of getting in return.

If Newcastle United have sold Aleksandar Mitrovic for £22m, which could rise to £27m, then surely at the very least Rafa Benitez should have been backed to buy a striker at a minimum of £22m.

As fans we will of course support any new signing but £9.5m for Muto and £16.5m (at the very maximum) for Rondon, doesn’t suggest a giant leap forward.

If once again Newcastle United’s top scorer manages just eight goals this coming season, we might not be as lucky this time when it comes to the relegation fight.



  • Wor Lass

    What a surprise (not)!

    • TheNutJob

      lemon tea
      😂😂

    • Toontaff

      The surprise is that 1 in 5 actually think we will!

      • 1957

        The Ashley disciplines just voted four or five times each

  • Andynufc

    Fulham play the more offensive type of football and play to Mitros strengths. They also have an ambitious chairman who’s willing to go out and spend money. Something nufc don’t have

    • Vodkamagpie

      Ambitious chairman , why do you think that is?.

    • Wezza

      Spot on.

    • TheNutJob

      he won`t score 20, but he`ll score more than any of our strikers

      • 1957

        And probably more assists

  • Lewis SG

    Considering that Mitrovic didn’t score alot and didn’t play alot, it’s not difficult signing someone that will score more than him.

    • TheNutJob

      Or the 2 allegedly coming in played a lot but didn`t score a lot

  • TheNutJob

    Perez hit a purple patch in the 2nd half of the season, if he can maintain that form he`ll out score anyone we`ll buy in this window

    • Squintytoonarmy

      I hope those who had a purple patch at the end of the season hit the ground running eg Perez, Diame or we are in the shyte. Likewise we are only a couple of injuries eg Lascelles, Shelvey from the shyte as well.

      • TheNutJob

        my thoughts exactly, i was talking to my brother about it last night & he is of the same opinion

      • Ben Jones

        Why are you hoping 2 of our better players get injured, of you’re gonna injure 2 of our players in order to paint a gloomy picture can you not put a bit of colour in by injuring every teams best 2 players to even your pessimism out?

        • Soldier

          try reading the post again, he says nothing about wishing players to be injured but as you`re a troll you`re looking to wind people up,

          • Ben Jones

            Ok ok. He didn’t wish, he just got a semi on at the thought, why are people in here obsessed with our better players getting injured?

          • Soldier

            blocked

          • Ben Jones

            ^free reign over Soldiers posts unlocked

          • Paul Patterson

            He’s an employee from a Manchester based media company, who also used to work for S****s D****t. Google him, it’s very uncanny.
            He will be coming on the mag and reading everyone’s posts like the buffoon he is.

          • Toontaff

            The Ben Jones on linkedin worked at S££££s D$$$$t in Denton from June 2007-October 2008. Is that him?

          • Toontaff

            Crikey! I’m starting to believe the trollbusters’ theory – nay more liquid breakfasts!

          • Soldier

            jones is a troll, block him or ignore him

          • Paul Patterson

            Can’t say if it is our prize idiot, but it’s certainly uncanny.

          • Ben Jones

            It is it is. Please don’t call my new employers in increasing numbers as I may get the sack and will 100% lose my ability to post on here

          • Ben Jones

            Bless Paul, he took the time to Google Ben Jones and Sports Direct and was amazed to find a Ben Jones who worked for, yup you guessed it, the company he typed into Google.

            Also works with

            Ben jones dukes of hazzard

            Ben Jones Barclays

            Ben Jones Harrow council

            Etc etc etc

          • Toontaff

            So just a coincidence? Uncanny!

          • Ben Jones

            No its me, I’d hate for you to track down where I now work and call my employer in increasing numbers & distrupt the gaffer’s business as I fear I may get the sack and/or lose my ability to post on here

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Why do you have to say it, just do it

          • Ben Jones

            And he won’t . They say it but they know it unlocks the free reign over their comments achievement

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Grown men, like adults seething so much at online comments they don’t agree with they’ve gotta tell the world their blocking some one

            They need to get out & meet a nice lass or at least crack a window and remember what fresh air feels like

            As for maximus the drunk, stay away from alcohol

          • Squintytoonarmy

            I’m too old to get a semi – not obsessed just stating face

          • Toontaff

            Ha ha!

          • Ben Jones

            I know mate but lets be fair, if every team lost their top 2 players it would be a tough season for them so you’re kinda stating the obvious while concentrating the doom on us losing ours

    • Mike Adam

      Not trying to be negative, but some of his success came against sides who were already on Holiday at the end of last season.

  • Wezza

    Does anyone think Armstrong should be given a chance?

    • ghostrider

      Yes.
      I think he should be given a fair squad chance this season.
      No way can he be any less of a striker than what we’ve been putting out.

      • SuperDesHamilton

        He can be much less & is, struggled in the championship our fans go mental over him because he’s local they lose all sense of reality like they did with Mitrovic because he kisses the badge

        • ghostrider

          It’s not really about going mental over him. I don’t see fans going mental over him but I do see many asking for him to be given a chance or sold on.
          Very few are asking for him to start every game or even be noted as a potential first team regular. They’re simply saying that he’s no worse than what we have but he has more potential to show, plus the added advantage of actually being a local fan who is going to fight for the club.

          I’ve watched Armstrong like many have and he’s got the potential to make it in a bigger stage. It just requires proper honing of his talent to fit into a quality unit that can aid him.

          There’s no guarantees but then again I’d hazard a guess that he would outscore Gayle and Joselu if played correctly.

          That’s my opinion and people are welcome to theirs.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            In my opinion he isn’t good enough, not clinical enough at a higher level, his size to some is a disadvantage to me if you have great technical ability that trumps height & strength, he has none at an elite level ie premier league level to offset the disadvantage of height. He’ll be a decent championship player if he was good enough he’d start

          • ghostrider

            I’m not saying he will succeed at premiership level. He could flop.
            But what I am saying is, give him that chance to do good bad or indifferent and then go from there.

            Squad addition and some game time for him, with the added advantage of (hopefully) better coaching can give a season long insight into where he ends up in terms of higher or lower league.

            I believe he’s worth that at least…but then again, like you and everyone else, we all have our opinions on him .

          • Mike Adam

            Ghost it is just like last year, if the strikers you start/play cannot score why wouldn’t a manager try the other striker/s on the roster to see if they can?

          • ghostrider

            That’s what I can’t get my head around.
            The use of Joselu was not meant to be as a striker. More as a front line defender, primarily. That’s what it appeared to me because he was played almost like a third quarter terrier rather than a striker of any sorts, other than a set piece potential.

            Gayle was the racehorse to nose the finish line from Shelvey’s long ball and our wingers ended up generally coming inside.
            Imagine what would have happened if Mitrovic had been with Gayle and Shelvey, Ritchie and a kenedy type provided?

            But..when you refuse to play a striker that another club is willing to pay 22 million for with 5 million addons, then you have to wonder if your manager is even interested in doing anything other than playing a game of stress chess stalemate for the fans, overall.

            No manager in their right mind would leave a Mitrovic in the doldrums.
            Rafa runs on his own big ego. It’s all about him.

          • Mike Adam

            Unfortunately, we will have to watch Mitro succeed at Fulham with Seri, Cairney, Schurrle, and Sessegnon feeding him quality service. In return Mitro will hold the ball up and dish it back to those players. But here, we had Joselu who did those things better, LOL, and who worked harder in training, the GPS said so, so it must be true.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            One thing though, you do know you aren’t allowed an opinion on here unless it’s the same as Leazes acolytes

          • Mike Adam

            Isn’t that the truth Des.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            If they put this much effort into their real lives then they wouldn’t be so bitter

          • ghostrider

            No I didn’t know that and I also don’t care about it because Leazes is welcome to his/her opinion and it will always be just that against mine or your or anyone else who gives it.

            Basically Leazes is a name on a blog like your name or mine. There are no special gold or silver stars or medals handed out, except the one’s that some people may manifest into their own minds as giving them some kind of special rank.

            I work on equal rank for all. My internet gobbiness gives me no more credence than the next person. All it does it make me stand out more by being more prolific than some…and that’s it.

          • SuperDesHamilton

            Quite long winded in parts, and dragging. Would read again 👌🏻

    • Paul Patterson

      From the bench, yes.

  • TheNutJob

    here`s a headline from West Brom`s fanzine, the fans are buzzing in the hope they are getting Gayle for Rondon, i wonder why, answers to Penfold

    • Ben Jones

      I wouldn’t trust that fanzine mate, word has it 2 sisters from Kent have been trolling it for years with multiple logins

      • TheNutJob

        ZZzzzzzzzzzzz

        • Ben Jones

          Quite

          • Soldier

            he knows you`re a troll like everyone else on here with common sense

          • Ben Jones

            Yup. The cleaver people I call them

          • Toontaff

            Whilst the trollbusters may or may not have a point, there is no defence for what Ashley has done this summer. The bare minimum was to sensibly reinforce our first team and squad so that we don’t go backwards. We’ve needed a centre-forward of PL standard for many years, whilst our squad is 25 including Sterry, Aarons, Saivet, Lazaar – 4 players we have been loaning out, trying to get rid of for at least a season. The injury to Lejeune demonstrates what can happen.

        • FatParosite

          For Rafa’s sake block the Bishop bot.

      • Mike Adam

        I think they are distant cousins of the infamous Lee brothers from Manchester.

  • Mrkgw

    It is reported this morning that the Rondon deal has hit an impasse. Great move selling Mitro then eh. Wouldn’t you have thought that the club would have had a replacement agreed before letting our player go. Pathetic.

  • Jonas

    Could have shortened it to Will Newcastle buy a striker?
    i don’t get what he’s playing at, he’s ushering in relegation which means less money for himself and in asking price.
    post Rafa and relegation who would be fooled a third time that getting promoted is relevant to.anything good? There will be no doubt what the club is, and that it overrides its potential. Then gates have to drop.