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Stuart Pearce suggests very unrealistic transfer target for Newcastle United

6 months ago
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Stuart Pearce is the best ever English left-back in my lifetime.

He was ahead of his time actually.

The modern day full-back is expected to defend and attack, nobody was better at this than Stuart Pearce.

If around these days, his transfer value would be astronomical.

He was still a great character for Newcastle United but sadly at the age of 35 his swashbuckling days were over, instead he put in his best NUFC performances at centre-back.

Arriving in 1997 on a free transfer, Newcastle got their money’s worth out of Pearce as he played 54 times in is two years at the club.

No doubt about his defensive expertise and Stuart Pearce has been full of praise for the job Rafa Benitez has done at Newcastle United in that respect.

However, I think he maybe sees other things a little bit too simplistically…

Stuart Pearce speaking to Sky Sports:

“I think Newcastle need a striker that is going to get 20 goals a year, like (Alan) Shearer or (Les) Ferdinand. 

“They (Newcastle) are really good at defending, as Rafa is very good at setting his team up.

“But if you knew they had a striker who could get 20 goals, I think that they would get really close to the top six.”

A 20+ goal a season player would be handy…

Back in the day, when Shearer and Ferdinand played together back in 1996/97 for Newcastle, they got 49 altogether between them, 41 of those in the Premier League.

Whilst the mind just boggles when you recall that brilliant 1993/94 season, Cole and Beardsley scored 65 goals between them, 55 in the Premier League. Astonishing.

You would love to think you would see their like again but as a starting point, how realistic is it for Newcastle to find a 20 goal a season player?

Only two weeks to go of this current season and not one player has managed 20 goals in the Premier League.

Actually, only eight have scored more than 13 goals and of those, only Jamie Vardy (16 goals) plays for a club outside the top six.

The two players on 13 goals who don’t play for a top six club, both cost over £40m each – Everton’s Richarlison and Sigurdsson.

Last season, only four players managed 20 or more Premier League goals – Jamie Vardy (20 goals) was the only one not playing for a top six club who got more than 12 PL goals. Two non-top six club players managed 12 goals, Mahrez for Leicester and Murray for Brighton.

These stats show just how tough it is to recruit decent strikers, especially ones who score lots of goals!

He might be 32 but looking at these stats, going all out to land Jamie Vardy would look like a plan! However, he doesn’t exactly fit in with Mike Ashley’s young player increasing in value plan…

Stuart Pearce might see it a bit too simplistically but it doesn’t mean Newcastle United should give up on finding goalscorers who can push them on.

Quite the opposite in fact. Newcastle have to invest in likely goals this summer.

The no-brainer starting point is to pay the £16m that would secure Salomon Rondon as one of the striking options, PLUS bring at least one other quality striker in. This is as well as the extra quality that is needed in terms of creativity in central midfield and/or the wings/wing-backs.

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