Newcastle are in the hunt for a winger, with Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen and Nice flyer Allan Saint-Maximin both heavily linked.
The former is keen on a move to St James’ Park according to the Chronicle, while a deal for Saint-Maximin is close to being agreed with the Frenchman telling his teammates he’s heading to Newcastle according to the Express.
It seems like a case of one or the other, but why not both? It’s not like we’re blessed with offensive options.
Both players have their pros and cons. You could make an argument for signing either, but it might be in Steve Bruce’s best interests to bring them both to St James’ Park.
You’ve got two talented youngsters who want to come and play for Newcastle United. The money should be there to get them both in. Bowen is reportedly valued at £12 million, while Nice want nearer £20 million for Saint-Maximin.
Having a strong starting XI isn’t enough. We need strength in depth; different options that can change a game. With all due respect to Christian Atsu, he’s not going to provide that.
With Ayoze Perez and Salomon Rondon gone, we need to replace a lot of goals, and it’s not like we were the highest scorers to begin with anyway.
Bowen has a little bit of Premier League experience and showed last season at Hull that he has an end product. Saint-Maximin is an exciting dribbler who can be nurtured into a top talent, but also has experience in a top European league.
Be bold and go for both. But this is Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United, what am I thinking…