When Steve Bruce was announced as the successor to Rafa Benitez it was met with widespread disbelief and disappointment by the Newcastle United support.
Despite the fact that Bruce is ‘one of their own’ being a hometown boy you would think that would be enough to sway the fans back onside, however due to the general dullness of Bruce’s CV and the fact that he used to sit in the home dugout at the Stadium Of Light this was never going to be easy.
But Bruce knew that and now, fast forward 7 months into the campaign the report card reads better than anyone could have hoped.
On the brink of breaking into the top ten and a tasty FA Cup quarter final against Manchester City at St James Park isn’t a bad achievement. You have to say that report card would read Overachieving.
However when it comes to the transfer market it has been hit and miss with Joelinton failing to hit the ground running and Miguel Almiron blowing hot in cold in front of goal, both of whom costing over £60 Million the fans and manager surely would expect more from the pair.
With football currently on hold for the foreseeable future there has been reports suggesting that Newcastle are interested in bringing two of the best strikers in Scottish football to the club.
However, this won’t be done on the cheap as its likely to hit in the region of what they paid for Joelinton a minimum of £40 million.
Odsonne Edouard is making all sorts of big noises at Scottish Champions Celtic and despite the Parkhead side wanting to retain their star man there is a minimum price on the young Frenchman’s head of £30 Million. With good reason as well, as stats show the 22 year old has a staggering 35 goals in 42 appearances for the French national side at all Under levels.
Also at club level Edouard has bagged 60 goals in 126 games for the Hoops since signing on a permanent deal from PSG for £9 Million.
The man the fans know as ‘French Eddy’ also has a decent assist rate of 31 assists in those three seasons and never been sent off.
The other striker plies his trade across the city at Rangers and has an impressive goal scoring ability also.
Alfredo Morelos joined Rangers from HJK Helsinki in 2016 and in his three seasons with the club, the Colombian has 77 goals in 137 appearances for the Ibrox side.
Internationally Morelos hasn’t been as deadly in front of goals as his rival with only 1 goal in 6 appearances for the national side.
Speaking as a diehard Celtic and Newcastle Utd fan I would hate to see Edouard leave before we attempt to complete 10 in a row next season however I am realistic and believe that he will leave after next season but for a bigger and more successful club than Newcastle.
Before all the hate mail starts heading my way however I think the most ardent of Toon fans would agree that a player like Eddy is destined for greater things than Celtic and Newcastle.
I believe that he could play for any team in world football right now and that is no exaggeration for anyone who has saw the 22 year old play he is world class.
As for Morelos, he is the cult figure that Celtic, and most of Scottish football love to hate and often does make a rod for his own back with his antics.
He has been sent off seven times in his Rangers career and been cautioned a staggering 41 times. This may seem like a flashing warning for Newcastle to stay away, however I believe that Morelos has bought into the goldfish bowl life in Glasgow a bit too much and has maybe heeded advice of ex-Rangers hardmen a bit too much and it has taken over his career.
Rangers have valued their star man at over £20 million however with his poor second half of the campaign he has struggled for goals and amid reports of unrest in the dressing room he doesn’t look the same player.
I would suggest to focus on attempting to sign Morelos primarily as I believe that due to Rangers financial difficulties, coupled with the lack of funding through football suspension, the Ibrox club may take a lesser offer in the region of £10-15 Million.
This in my opinion would be a steal and I am confident that, under a more experienced manager and playing in a better league, we could get a clinical striker – which is exactly what the club needs at the moment.