Newcastle signed an unfit Andy Carroll on transfer deadline day, as an option to record signing Joelinton, but should they have ignored sentiment, and taken a chance on free-agent Daniel Sturridge instead?
There is no doubt many fans love the idea of having ‘one of their own’ back on Tyneside, but with the Gateshead-born striker being a few weeks away from being fully fit, questions will be asked if Joelinton picks up an injury before then.
Sturridge, who is reportedly in talks with MLS side DC United over a potential deal, could have been another option for Newcastle to explore – despite the striker having let down the club when he signed on loan for West Brom in 2018.
Both players have been plagued by injuries throughout their careers, but Sturridge would have been a lot closer to being match-ready.
Are Newcastle wanting strikers with good aerial ability this season?
Of course, with Joelinton being 6ft 1in , and Carroll standing at 6ft 3in, maybe Newcastle thought having a tall, powerful striker with prowess in the air would suit our style better this season.
Ironically, Sturridge is 6ft 2in, and therefore taller than the Brazilian number nine, but he is not known for his aerial ability, and with Newcastle likely to employ wing-backs this season, much of their game may be about scoring more headed goals.
With Dwight Gayle the other alternative to Joelinton and Carroll, there could have been an argument for bringing in Sturridge on top of the other two.
With questions still remaining about Gayle’s ability to score in the top flight, some fans think we still appear to be a goal-scorer short.
Had they brought an extra striker in, it could have freed up a move away for Gayle, who is likely to be frustrated this season at what could be a severe lack of game-time.