There’s no doubt Newcastle United will be a stronger side with Callum Wilson back and featuring in most games next campaign, but there’s still an over-reliance on the striker to cater for almost the entirety of the side’s goals.
Joelinton, signed for £40 million in the summer of 2019, is still around, but Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has now seemingly grasped what we’ve all come to understand: the Brazilian is not capable of regularly scoring at this level and is best used – if he is to remain at the club – behind the striker holding up play. Newcastle, if they truly want to achieve more than a relegation battle next season, should look for another prolific man to lead the line.
Tammy Abraham remains out of favour at Chelsea despite Timo Werner becoming more of a creator than any goalscoring threat for them (11 goals and ten assists in 46). It must be frustrating for the English striker to see another major international tournament approach without so much of a sniff of being put into the squad.
Now 23, Abraham is no longer at the ‘prodigy’ stage of his carer and needs consistent displays to truly make his mark. Newcastle would be a perfect club going forward for the striker next campaign. This is especially true if they stop changing their formation to five-at-the-back and maintain a 4-4-2, the suit in which they have been the most dangerous this season (12 goals) and will offer a chance to have both Wilson and Abraham feature.
The Chelsea man, a 6’5″ technically-gifted player who scored 15 goals in the Premier League for Chelsea last season, would thrive alongside Wilson, a strong, hard-working player who can hold up play stupendously. A match made in heaven.
According to TeamTalk, Abraham has two years on his contract left at Chelsea. They are open to letting him stay, as per the same site, but will not meet his demands of a £180,000-per-week contract. So they’re open to bids. The usual suspects, Southampton, Aston Villa, West Ham, and Newcastle, are reported to be keen, naturally, on a Premier League-proven, young dynamic striker.
According to the Telegraph, his price tag is £40million, a ridiculous sum when you think Abraham has only six goals in the league so far this season; and yet, again those goals came in the 15 games he’s played in. Also of those half-a-dozen goals, his xG is just 6.19 – that really shows how clinical he is. He’s earned Man of the Match twice this season and makes 2.8 shots per-90 mins, and has a conversion rate of 22% (Joelinton boasts just 1.4 shots and a rate of 9.09%, for comparison.)
A player Rafael Benitez reportedly wanted for his first full Premier League season with Newcastle, Abraham would be an asset and a great long-term investment for the club. But whether the striker – described as “unbelievable” by Aston Villa attacking midfielder Jack Grealish during an Instagram Q&A last year when he was asked about his former teammate – can be negotiated down on his salary demands is one thing – and, indeed, Newcastle being willing to spend on anything other than loans in the summer is another matter.