After news that ‘long-term target’ Abel Hernandez will be available on a free this summer, Hull City reporter William Jackson has admitted that the Uruguay international would ‘jump at the chance’ to join Newcastle United.
The striker confirmed over the weekend that he will be leaving Hull City this summer and the Chronicle have since revealed that he came close to signing at St James’ Park last summer – only for a sudden injury to prevent his move.
Interestingly, the 27-year-old has previously been quoted saying Newcastle would be a ‘dream move’ for him, and it seems he may be looked at this summer as a potential replacement for Joselu or Dwight Gayle.
Here’s what Hull Live’s William Jackson has had to say about his potential move to Tyneside, suggesting he’d love to sign for ‘a club the size of Newcastle’:
“Upon their return to the Premier League, Newcastle struggled in front of goal under Rafa Benitez this season, scoring just 39 goals. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to see the Spaniard linked with Abel Hernandez.
“Ayoze Perez was the Magpies top scorer this season with eight goals, and while Hernandez hasn’t scored more than four in a Premier League season previously, his record in the Championship makes him an attractive option.
“Like Wolves, Benitez’s side are able to boast top flight football and given the opportunity the striker is likely to jump at the chance to sign for a club the size of Newcastle.”
As highlighted above, Hernandez hasn’t been prolific at all when he’s played in the Premier League so far, but with 8 goals in just 8 Championship starts and electric pace, he could be a shrewd addition as a squad/impact player?
It may be a wise move to sign him on a free and cash in on Dwight Gayle. The money raised for him and Mitrovic could, in theory, give Rafa a decent wedge of cash to spend on a proven striker and Kenedy. With Rafa likely to be on a fairly limited budget once again this summer, this could make sense.
To be clear though, I’d only want Hernandez as a squad player ahead of the likes of Joselu or Gayle – NOT as our ‘new striker’ to spearhead the attack next season. A proven striker is essential and, as far as the Premier League goes, Hernandez is not that.