Newcastle are considering a potential loan move for out of favour Chelsea striker Michy Batshyuai, according to The Chronicle.
A striker is the unequivocal priority for NUFC this summer and Mark Douglas claims a move for the Belgian international has been discussed if our attempts to sign Callum Wilson – Bruce’s ‘top target’ – end in defeat this summer.
Batshuayi spent last season as a bit-part player at Stamford Bridge, finding himself behind Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order, and will certainly be wanting a move away now Timo Werner has joined the club.
The 26-year-old has a pretty solid goal return for club and country, with his record of 25 goals in 77 appearances for Chelsea quietly impressive given the majority of those came via the bench.
He’s also bagged 16 goals in 29 appearances for Belgium, as well as bagging 15 goals in 27 games during recent loan stints at Borussia Dortmund and Crystal Palace.
Personally, I would love to see him on a black-and-white shirt and feel he would be an excellent acquisition if we could bring him to St James’ Park, with a loan deal giving us a chance to bring in a proven Premier League goalscorer without putting too much of a dent in Bruce’s £30m budget.
We can’t afford to ride our luck again like we did last time out and rely on defenders for goals. I think I speak for every Newcastle fan when I say we can afford to waste £40m on another Joelinton either.
A proven Premier League goal grabber is exactly what we crave to take this side to the next step and try to attack that top 10 and, for that reason, I think Michy Batshuayi would be a superb addition to this current Toon squad.