I think most of us agree that we’d still like Steve Bruce to land another attacker or two in the transfer window – even if it’s a striker who can provide competition for Callum Wilson.
With Muto gone, Gayle out until around Christmas, Carroll always a potential injury and Joelinton not cutting it (and not a striker), it appears a no-brainer.
Which is why I find the situation at Liverpool very interesting. Them closing in on a £45m deal for Wolves forward Diogo Jota surely opens up the door for others to leave. Even if it is just on-loan.
It seems Bruce has long been an admirer of Divock Origi, Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson, with all three being linked with a possible move to Tyneside on numerous occasions in recent months.
If Jota goes to Liverpool it should almost certainly mean that Brewster would be available on loan where it is also rumoured that Origi wants first-team football – and rightly so for a player with his ability. Harry Wilson is another who could also go out on loan, with the former Bournemouth winger unlikely to get much first-team football at Anfield. There’s also Xherdan Shaqiri – a player with too much talent to be rotting in their reserves?
Callum Wilson is our main man and some may wonder how they’d fit in our side, but with Bruce opting to play 4-4-2 last weekend, there’s scope to bring in another striker to partner him – and the need for wingers also remains with our depth behind Fraser and Saint-Maximin pretty ordinary (Murphy, Atsu!). Brewster in particular looks a tasty option and whilst there are lots of others interested, NUFC would be a good fit for him.
After scoring 10 goals for Swansea last season in 20 games he also netted 3 goals in pre-season for Liverpool against European opposition in Stuttgart and Salzburg. He’s young and would probably relish coming to a club like ours particularly with the creative talent we have in our midst.
I would certainly make a big effort to sign him. Origi is a different conundrum. He’s probably at the stage where he looks like Liverpool is not his long-term destiny having just failed to break thorough. He needs a fresh challenge.
We could offer him that but it maybe that Liverpool would want to sell rather than loan which would probably price him out of our range given the potential he has and the fact that he has been reasonably successful for Liverpool in the past. That said, they may be open to a loan with an OBLIGATION to buy next summer?
I think, as I’ve said, if Jota goes through then this might well be a one to watch for Toon fans.