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Newcastle fans should be broadening their horizons beyond Salomon Rondon or Dwight Gayle

3 months ago
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It is a volatile time for Newcastle fans.

We are all sick of having Mike Ashley spoil our enjoyment of following the team/club but it is difficult to know how best to try and get rid of him.

In the meantime you get on with supporting the team.

Many of us still do that by turning up at St James Park, whilst others have had their fill and watch from afar.

However, we all have our own ideas about the players and what is needed.

In the last few days I have noticed things getting a bit daft about Dwight Gayle and Salomon Rondon.

Driven by the newspapers wanting something to talk about when there are no games, Newcastle fans have wholeheartedly pitched into the debate as well.

As we all know, the two strikers are on loan at Newcastle and West Brom, after a deal was agreed for this season.

West Brom fans happy with Gayle winning a lot of penalties and scoring nine goals himself so far, whilst against Bournemouth, Salomon Rondon built on a few signs of earlier promise with a two goal man of the match performance.

Everybody happy.

Good luck to both of them and especially Rondon of course this season BUT I do think a reality check is needed.

The debate this week has been all about what happens at the end of the season and about the respective merits of the two strikers. However, we surely should be looking way beyond this, shouldn’t we?

I get the feeling that Newcastle fans have been so dragged down by Mike Ashley that the standards are slipping.

Rondon and/or Gayle might be good enough for Newcastle next season as one of the squad but we need to remember just what is needed and the type of players, especially strikers that Newcastle should be going for.

That is, unless you think our station in life is always to be fighting relegation.

It is easy to forget that early in the summer transfer market we were told by the media, no doubt pushed by Mike Ashley’s PR people, that Newcastle were in for Alassane Plea.

According to the papers we were right in there, willing to spend £20m+ for the Nice striker.

He went to Borussia Monchengladbach…

After the transfer window we have even seen Ashley’s people, via the NUFC Fans Forum, claiming that indeed Newcastle were more than willing to smash their 13 year transfer record on any number of signings (including Plea no doubt…), only for none of them wanting to sign for NUFC.

Believe that and truly you believe anything.

Newcastle ended up making a £20m+ profit in the summer window, not even spending £10m on any player, AND Mike Ashley then admitted he took (unspecified) millions out of the club once the transfer window ended.

Gayle and Rondon could play a part for Newcastle next season and beyond but look  at Alassane Plea.

Last season with Nice he scored 20 Ligue 1 goals and got six assists.

This season at Borussia Monchengladbach he already has eight goals and three assists, in 788 Bundesliga minutes that means he has been involved in a goal every 72 minutes on average.

Last season the German club were ninth and ended the season with 47 points.

Alassane Plea has helped turn them into proper contenders, Monchengladbach have 23 points after only 11 matches and are currently second in the table.

That is the level Newcastle have to aim for, Plea joined the German club for £21m in the summer and that is what Newcastle have to do, invest in proper quality attacking players and spend the necessary cash on transfer fees and wages to attract them.

As Newcastle fans we need to broaden out horizon and recognise what should be happening at our club.
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