With the name of Erik Pieters pencilled in for the now vacant left-back role it just leaves us the striker position to ponder.
Arguably we could ponder other positions, but the noises coming out of the club seem to suggest it’s going to be a striker and a left-back and that’s our lot.
No problems really. I’d say those two positions are just about at the top of the list if you ask NUFC fans where they would like to see strengthened as the priority. Cover in the centre of defence is something I’ve heard mentioned, but let’s get the first XI sorted out first eh?
One name that has been doing the rounds is Nicklas Bendtner, with opinion pretty much split on the striker. I don’t think many people doubt that he has the ability, but the question mark is over his attitude.
The 23-year-old Danish international is surplus to requirements at Arsenal and has been widely tipped to leave the club this transfer window with the Sunday Sun claiming that preliminary talks have already taken place between the two clubs.
Rate him or not, I believe he would improve our front line even if it does mean that he has to take some time out from skiing. Perhaps a fresh start is what he needs to help him fulfil his potential?
The other name that has been linked with us today is Hugo Rodallega of Wigan. The 26-year-old Colombian international is another player who has been linked with a move away from his current club during this transfer window, and the fact that he was only on the bench for their game with Norwich yesterday will only serve to add fuel to those rumours.
With a strike rate of just about 1 in 5 for Wigan, Rodallega doesn’t exactly back up the claims that he is a goalscorer. I’ve often wondered why he is so highly-rated in truth. Compare that with Bendtner who has a strike rate of roughly 1 in 4 and you can perhaps start to see that these players may not be the answer to our problems. Of course you can make stats say anything you want to really, but they are the best thing we have to go off.
Would I still have either of them at Newcastle? Well yes I would actually, which probably doesn’t make sense after highlighting their respective goal records, as they are better than what we have at the moment. As for which one though I’d probably plump for Bendtner even though I don’t believe we’ll end up with either.
Who would you go for?