Considering our entire forward line have bagged just three goals between them all season, the irony that our recently sold strikers are now scoring for fun won’t be lost on many Newcastle fans.
It must be said that Mitrovic and Toney are scoring in the lower leagues of English football, but with the Serbian the Championship’s top scorer on 16 and Toney leading the way in League One (with 15 goals in all comps), it’s left many wondering what could have been.
Then there’s Joselu, who has bagged 7 goals in his opening 17 games in La Liga following a £2m summer move to Alaves.
I wholeheartedly disagree with this crop of Newcastle fans on social media, but some are wondering whether the Spaniard would’ve been more use this year than our £40m Brazilian.
They’re playing in different leagues and, for two out of the three, at a considerably lower level than the Premier League, but the goal scoring form of Mitrovic and Toney in particular has left many wondering whether we cashed in too soon.
For me, Mitrovic’s sale was justified at £22m – especially when Salomon Rondon proved to be a superb replacement – and Joselu was clearly not up to it at Premier League level, however I can’t help but feel we sold Toney too soon.
His blend of pace, athleticism and coolness in front of goal is hard to ignore, even at League One level, but it’s easy to say that now he’s gone on to good things AFTER several ordinary loan spells during his time at St James’ Park.