Newcastle United have a big problem to deal with in the coming weeks.
Callum Wilson’s injury has left Steve Bruce with a big problem in the striking department, and with Dwight Gayle also out of action, he has very few options to choose from.
Joelinton and Andy Carroll are fit at the moment, but we all know Carroll can go down at any moment, while playing Joelinton up top brings about its own issues.
We’re not blind to the fact that either Carroll or Joelinton will likely fill in for Wilson, but perhaps this striker crisis will give Bruce the chance to unleash one of the Magpies’ brightest young talents.
We’re talking about Yannick Toure.
The Swiss striker has long been admired by the fanbase for his performances for the U23s outfit, and his goalscoring record at youth level shows that he could be just what the doctor ordered.
He scored 24 goals in 25 games for Young Boys’ U18 outfit before joining the Magpies, and he’s not been too bad since joining the Toon either, earning a PL2 Player of the Month nomination earlier this year.
The 20-year-old seems to be a real prospect.
His profile on the club’s website states that his footballing idol is Ronaldinho, and if he’s even half as good as his idol he will be some player.
Toure shouldn’t be thrust into the starting XI, but this period when Wilson is out could see him come off the bench and make his mark at St James’ Park.
We’ve seen players come through the academy to make instant impacts in the first-team at Newcastle in recent years, with the Longstaff brothers being perhaps the best example of this, and there’s no reason why Toure can’t follow in their footsteps.
It’s certainly something that Bruce may want to consider, especially if Joelinton and Carroll’s old problems begin to crop up again.