The Magpies are once again lacking firepower, having failed to find the net in four of their past five games.
Over the summer, Newcastle added two forwards in the shape of Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto. Both players have scored just once for their new employers, and have done little to convince the Toon Army that they can lead the line for Newcastle.
As was to be expected, this has led to speculation that Rafa Benitez will look to add a striker to his squad in January, just like he did last time the winter window was open.
In January 2018, Benitez brought in Islam Slimani in on loan, in a deal that was an absolute waste of time.
Will Haller get the goals Newcastle need?
24-year-old Haller is the man identified by Benitez, and the Frenchman is in red hot form so far this season.
Currently playing for Frankfurt, he’s scored six Bundesliga goals, as well as providing five assists for his teammates. That means the forward has been involved in 11 goals so far this season, which is more than the whole Newcastle team have managed so far, scoring just six between them.
Haller’s form is certainly encouraging for Newcastle fans, as goals are what is needed to keep us in the Premier League.
How have Newcastle fans reacted to the Haller report?
January 31st, 2019, #NUFC have failed in an attempt to loan Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt…
— Wasim (@wasimebrahim) October 30, 2018
@Craignufc1987 he’d be a great signing if we can get him
— Jacob Macnaughton (@jacob_jmarls) October 30, 2018
Need Prem League experience to have any chance of getting out of this mess
— David Stratton (Slothy Vlogs) (@nufcshifty) October 30, 2018
So that’s first choice, who’s 6th on the list.Then he’ll be the one we couldn’t get over the line.Copy and paste.
— Martin Williams (@Nitramantra) October 30, 2018
Haller is alright but can only play in a system that suits him – can otherwise appear really stiff and immobile, mainly because of his size. Needs excellent service. Great for an injury time goal, mind. Not that proven, either. Goes hot and cold. #Eintracht #NUFC
— Russ Brown #FBPE #AshleyOut (@russ_m_brown) October 30, 2018
Same names recycled we wanted him 2 years ago when he was in Holland
— Empèror Corleonê (@EmperorArtist) October 30, 2018
As always with transfer rumours nowadays, it’s a mixed response.
Some fans consider Haller a decent option, some think we need Premier League experience, while others don’t think it’ll happen because of Newcastle’s recent transfer history.